Of course, I need to start by saying that group travel is the safest way to travel. You’re with a professional Tour Escort the entire time, you’re with other travelers, and you’re often not on your own to navigate through unfamiliar places.
I have created SMART to help you remember the basic principals of safe travel.
S-Stay with others as much as possible.
M-Money should be in small amounts or use credit cards.
A-Avoid looking like a tourist. Keep patriotic clothing at home.
R-Review travel plans and routes before leaving the hotel.
T-Trust your instincts!
In addition to SMART, be sure you always keep your passport with you at all times, and keep copies in your suitcase. Also make sure you leave valuables at home, and keep anything of value, prescription medication, and eyeglasses in your checked luggage when flying. If you’re planning to use credit cards, please check with your provider if your card is able to be used internationally and notify them of your plans to avoid usage disruptions. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted credit cards internationally.
If in the event you do have something stolen, report it to the local police immediately.
Most of all, be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
Thanks for reading and safe travels!