Once upon a time it was all about hitting TripAdvisor and finding out the top tourist attractions in your destination of choice.
Then, everything became so local. Gone are the days of wanting to visit London and take snaps of Big Ben (OK, maybe this is an exaggeration). Instead, it’s all about finding a cafe down a tiny street of Camden and posting on Instagram about it. Or, that’s how it feels at least.
Of course, some countries are safer than others when it comes to this local approach. In relation to London, the risks are much lower than some other destinations around the world. This is what today is going to hone in on, as we take a look at some key safety tips to bear in mind if you plan to travel like a local.
Now is more important than ever for your paperwork
It may have once been a second thought, but if you are taking on an “off the beaten track” getaway then getting your paperwork in order has never been as important. Like it or not, the risks are higher, and this means that it is worth ensuring that you have specialist travel insurance from Staysure in order. Having this can put your mind at ease, particularly when you are visiting slightly more remote locations around the world.
Research the local ‘rules’
When we talk about local rules, we’re not strictly referring to laws. Instead, it’s being streetwise in your area of choice.
For example, if you happen to be in a city which is known for its crime, then carrying your wallet full of cash probably isn’t the right course of action. Instead, just take a few notes, and leave everything else at home.
Or, it might be about venturing in certain areas. If we hone in on Rio de Janeiro as an example, you really need to know which streets to avoid if you don’t want to come across the wrong types of individuals. All of this means that you need to research accordingly.
Actively ask the locals (and don’t rely on strangers)
Following on from the previous point, one of the best ways to travel local is to just ask locals. Now, if a stranger ventures towards you an offers advice, you are right to perhaps exercise caution. However, if you randomly approach someone in the street who looks respectable, you are much more likely to be given advice that any website just couldn’t pass onto you.
Tell everyone and anyone where you are heading
OK, perhaps ignore the “anyone” element here. However, you really should be making it your aim to send over your itinerary to as many people as you can possibly find. Generally, this involves family at home, but there are lesser-known sources as well.
For example, let’s take the embassy. As an example, the US has the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which pretty much signs you up for any emergency information from the local embassy. Steps like this can just add a greater degree of safety to your trip, and ultimately make that local getaway a bit more secure.