Respect local traditions. In some countries, it’s advisable not to overly expose your body. In this context, your personal perception of modesty is irrelevant. Local traditions matter, so don’t disregard them, as ignoring them in some countries could lead to serious issues for you.
Avoid carrying your passport with you. Your passport is undeniably the most crucial possession during your travels. Remember I told you to make copies of your documents? Take those copies with you, and leave your passport at the hotel (preferably in the safe).
Losing your phone. Make sure you know all your important passwords, update all your account data before departure, have a backup email address to receive those annoying security codes without a phone. It’s also better to have a second basic phone for receiving important SMS, for example from the bank, and also store important numbers on it.
Back up files and photos! Buy space on Google Drive, store all your documents, photos, and everything else there. Your laptop can be stolen or break, and its hard drive can fail. Just keep this in mind. An external drive, preferably an SSD, keep it in your clothing away from the walls of your backpack.
Before you leave, tell several family members or close friends about your route. Then make it a habit to check in with them at specific intervals. It can be as simple as sending an email every night before bed, but having someone who knows your whereabouts and expects you to check in every day can be a big help if something goes wrong during your trip.
In the United States, there is an excellent government service for international travelers (Travel Advisories). Even if you are not a U.S. citizen, this service provides you with a wealth of useful information about countries.
Stop using the back pocket or external pockets of your backpack for valuable items. Carry your backpack in front in crowded places.
Be aware of your surroundings. You should always be aware of what you’re doing and what’s happening around you.
If something doesn’t feel right or seems unsafe to you, trust your intuition.
Download Safety Apps. Popular safety apps include bSafe, ICE, Shake2Safety, Kitestring, Smart24x7, and many others. These apps offer features like 24/7 monitoring, emergency alerts, location-based services, and can deliver instant or delayed messages. Many of these apps also work with a locked phone screen and without internet access.
Use a VPN.
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