April 29, 2010
By Judy McEuen
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Apr. 29, 2010/ Troy Media/ — It’s a jungle out there! That may sound a bit exaggerated but, if you just think about it, it takes a lot to survive a day in a foreign city without experiencing a mishap of some kind.
Wherever you go, you need to know some basic survival skills. It doesn’t matter if you are going to a tropical jungle or an urban jungle, the fact remains that only the fittest survive unscathed.
Play by the rules. Everywhere you go there are rules to follow; don’t cross the line and you will be fine. Most of these rules are not always written in the rule book, which makes it a little challenging for visitors to identify. You don’t have to always know them point blank – all you need is a good gauge for acceptable behaviour and there’s no better gauge than the locals themselves. As they say, “when in Rome, do what the Romans do.”
Tourists are easy targets
Don’t call attention to yourself. Crooks are good at sizing up their victims. Tourists usually are easy target. They don’t know the area, they usually carry a good amount of cash and they are more than willing to be assisted by the friendly locals. If you don’t fit the profile, crooks won’t even notice you.
So, try as much as possible to fit in with the locals or at least appear like you’ve been living there for a long time. Appear confident and walk purposefully – like you have a destination in mind. Do not look around like you are lost and don’t go waiving that big tourist map around.
Know the dangers. When in a dangerous situation, the prey either fights or flees. You can’t do neither if you don’t know that you are, in fact, in danger. It pays to know the common tourist traps in the area. Research your destination and heed the warnings of previous visitors. There are numerous travel forum and travel guides that will point out what you should be on the look out for.
Go out in a group
Join a tribe. Affiliations can help avert danger. Befriend your concierge or hotel staff. They are a rich source of information of where to go, what to do and what to avoid. If you are in a bind, you can easily contact them for help or assistance (if you have no better choice, that is).
Since crooks only target lone travelers, going out in a group at night keeps danger at bay. Just make sure to choose your company well because they may be the kind that start trouble.
Learn distress signals and know how to give one. As much as possible, know the important numbers of authorities you can call when you get caught in trouble, such as the police, emergency rescue, tourist assistance and your country’s embassy. Being able to call them at once spells the difference between disaster and a lucky escape.
Stock up on your knowledge of travel survival tips and make sure to keep them in mind when on a trip and your traveling will be much more fun!
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