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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Travel Tip: Essential Tips for Staying Safe in Large Cities

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

Traveling to large cities can be an exhilarating experience for luxury travelers, with endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. However, it's natural to have concerns about safety in unfamiliar territories. Just how safe is it to travel to large cities? And how safe are the trains? This article will focus on theft prevention, offering valuable tips to keep you and your belongings safe while indulging in the luxuries that cities have to offer.

Keep bags and purses in front of your body

Gypsies and other pickpockets are prevalent in touristy spots throughout Europe. They excel in distractions that prey on unsuspecting tourists, targeting their money or personal belongings. To counter this, consider using a small crossbody bag that can be securely positioned in front of your body. In crowded areas, keep a backpack in front of you instead of on your back, preventing thieves from cutting the bottom and stealing your valuables.

Utilize the hotel safe for your valuables

Carrying your passport, extra money, or laptop around can be a risk. When you arrive at your hotel, take advantage of the in-room safe to lock away your valuables. Carrying your passport is necessary only if you plan on taking a day trip to another country. Safeguarding your belongings will give you peace of mind while exploring the city. Pro Tip: Put an Apple AirTag in the hotel safe if you put anything in it and don’t forget to turn on alert notifications

Store items in front pockets

For male travelers, it is best to keep wallets and phones in your front pockets. Ensure that your pockets are deep enough and consider wearing tight-fitting pants to prevent anyone from easily slipping their hands into them. This precaution is especially vital in crowded areas where you may be unaware of pickpocketing attempts.

Don't leave bags unattended in public places

When dining at a restaurant or enjoying a drink at a bar, it's crucial to keep your bag within sight and reach at all times. In noisy or busy establishments, it becomes easier for thieves to seize an opportunity and walk away with unattended bags. Keep your bag on your body or between your legs, never hanging it on the back of a chair or placing it on the floor where it can be easily accessed.

Stay mindful of distractions

Thieves often work in tandem with distractions in crowded places. They may drop something near you or approach you for directions, diverting your attention while their accomplice takes advantage. Stay vigilant and secure your bags and valuables whenever you sense a distraction. Being aware of your surroundings is crucial in minimizing the risk of theft.

Research safe areas and transportation options

Before traveling to a large city, research the areas known for their safety and choose accommodations in these neighborhoods. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the public transportation system and opt for reputable modes of transportation. Trains in large cities are generally safe but, as with any public transportation, it's essential to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

While no guarantees can be made when it comes to avoiding theft altogether, implementing these tips will significantly reduce your chances of falling victim to pickpocketing or theft as a traveler exploring large cities. Remember to always remain aware of your surroundings, carry your belongings smartly, and utilize safety measures such as hotel safes. By taking these precautions, you will be able to fully indulge in the luxury and splendor that these cities have to offer, ensuring happy and safe travels throughout the years.

Here are a few more suggestions to ensure your safety while traveling:

  1. Research local customs and regulations: Understanding the local customs, traditions, and regulations of your destination can go a long way in ensuring a safe and respectful trip. Familiarize yourself with local laws, cultural norms, and any potentially sensitive areas you should avoid.

  2. Stay informed: Keep yourself updated on the current situation and any travel advisories or warnings issued for your destination. Register with your embassy or consulate prior to travel so they can reach out to you in case of emergencies.

  3. Use reputable transportation services: When using transportation services such as taxis or ride-sharing apps, always opt for reputable companies and drivers. Avoid accepting rides from unmarked or unregistered vehicles, especially if you're traveling alone.

  4. Secure your accommodations: Choose accommodations that prioritize safety and security. Look for reputable hotels with proper security measures such as 24-hour front desk service, surveillance cameras, and secure entry systems. Request a room on higher floors, if available, as they are generally less accessible to unauthorized individuals.

  5. Be cautious with your personal information: Avoid sharing sensitive information, such as your full name, address, or travel plans, with strangers you meet during your trip. Be cautious with your belongings and passport, and only provide documents to authorized personnel when necessary.

  6. Keep emergency contact details handy: Carry a list of emergency contact numbers, including local authorities, your hotel, and your embassy or consulate. It's always better to be prepared in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

  7. Trust your instincts: Listen to your gut feeling. If something feels unsafe or doesn't seem right, remove yourself from the situation. Your intuition is a powerful tool for staying safe while traveling.

Remember, while it's important to take precautions, it's also essential to enjoy your trip and embrace the experiences. By staying informed and practicing common-sense safety measures, you can ensure a memorable and worry-free journey.

Happy and safe travels!

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