14+ Tips for Safe Travel in Dangerous Countries
I have spent years traveling the world and a lot of this time traveling has been spent in what would be considered dangerous countries. Ever since I learned what to do to have safe travel in these countries, nothing has ever happened to me. It is from this experience that I hope to help out Swoop The World readers on how to have safe travel in dangerous countries.
Where to stay
For safe travel, where you are staying plays a big roll. You can travel to what is considered a safe city, but if you book a hotel in the worst part of the city, the chances of something bad happening shoot up. This can be avoided by doing research ahead of time on what the best areas of the city are to stay in. In places like Colombia, doing this type of research is crucial.
In dangerous countries there is a well known rule that all locals follow…. never go to the ATM at night. The soft rule is actually to never go to the ATM alone. The ATM is one of the places you will be targeted so make sure to visit the ATM with friends or at a time and place that would be considered safe. It’s not worth getting your account emptied.
Smart phones are probably the biggest targets of thieves in dangerous countries. They are small, easy to transport and very valuable. You can avoid a lot of robberies by simply not playing with your phone while walking on the street.
If you are going to a particularly dangerous part of the city it’s best to buy a 20$ burner phone and just bring cash. It’s best to expect to be robbed in places like this.
Showing money or “papaya” is something all locals in dangerous countries know is not a good idea. Unless you are in particular areas, looking like you have a lot of valuable things on you is going to make you a huge target. As guys chasing girls we must balance this with still being attractive to the opposite sex. “No des papaya.”
When you travel and are seen with beautiful local girls, guys can get quite jealous. They may say certain things to you while the two of you are out (or even when you are alone), just ignore it and pretend like you don’t understand. If I reacted to every time a local said something to me, I’m pretty sure I would be dead by now. Keeping your pride in check and looking at the big picture alone will make you 10 times safer than the next guy.
Don’t go to girls in bad parts
Many times, we will meet girls online or in clubs who will want us to go see them in a certain part of the city. If you want you can do this, but make sure to do some research on what part of the city you are going to. In a dangerous city, you could be risking a lot by going to these parts as a foreigner, not to mention the small chance of a setup. It’s always safer to have the girl come to you.
Uber over Taxis
Uber is something that has made safe travel much easier. Not only does it save you from having to haggle as the taxi tries to rip you off, but it means your ride is probably 100 times safer because the application knows where the driver is at all times. This means that if something happens to you, they will know exactly who the driver was and where he went.
Calling taxis over street taxis
Hailing a taxi on the street is not what I recommend for safe travel. By hailing a taxi, you enter the car of an anonymous person who has nothing stopping him from calling some friends and driving you into some alleyway for a setup. This is why you should call the taxi company over taking one from the street. When you call a taxi, the taxi has accountability because the company knows you are with them.
Always know where you are going
In my previous tip, I talked about a scenario where the taxi drives you to a setup. Simply knowing where you are going, with your eyes or on google maps, can end up saving you from getting robbed or worse. If the taxi ever starts going in the wrong direction, tell him in a calm, but firm voice that this is not the way and to turn the other way. This will also prevent metered taxis from overcharging you.
Wallet and phone in front pockets, not back
As far as pickpockets go, seeing a guy with his phone or wallet in the back pocket of his jeans is like Christmas. The reason for this is because pickpockets can easily remove things from your pocket without you feeling anything. This is why you should always keep your valuables in your front two pockets. Your peripheral vision will catch any hands entering those pockets. They know this so beware of distractions or big groups of people where your vision of your front pockets could be interrupted.
Not looking like an easy target
The best way of not getting robbed is by simply looking like a guy they don’t want to fuck with. Ironically, the most dangerous countries generally have smaller people. Hitting the gym, looking like you know what you are doing and where you are going goes a long way. A thief will always choose an easy looking target over one who looks like he could kill him. This is why girls are usually robbed ten times more than men in dangerous countries.
Only trust girls to sleep over who are obviously into you
While traveling, the time when you are most vulnerable is as you sleep. When you meet a girl and sleep with her and she wants to stay the night, you must weigh this decision. If you doubt at all that her feelings are sincere or have been a dick to her, don’t let her stay the night.
The time when most bad things happen is late at night when you have been drinking. Staying alert at these moments is essential for safe travel. This is when you are more likely to start things with other guys, wander into dangerous areas at the most dangerous times (night), etc.. While partying, keep in mind that this is when you are the most vulnerable and need to be smart.
One of the biggest parts of safe travel is simply to avoid scams. There are countless scams out there so the best I can do is list some common ones:
- Sick grandma – a girl asks you for money for her sick grandmother
- Money for University – a girl asks you for money so she can pay her University
- Special drinks – a girl takes you to a special bar or club and orders drinks, when you get the bill you see that each drink is extremely expensive. The staff demands that you pay the outrageous bill
- Drugging you – Always watch your drink when alone with a girl, you can best learn this lesson from THC’s experience
- Many, many more. Make sure to add in any that you know in the comments
If you have any travel tips to stay safe leave them in the comments below
If you have any tips that can help your fellow travelers make sure to leave them in the comments below. In a few days I will add them to the article to give everybody a go to place to learn how to travel safe.
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