cropped-20180605_193125.jpgNothing ruins an adventure quicker than getting scammed or robbed!

Deceitful taxi drivers, two-faced tour guides, insincere offers of help, and the occasional robbery or scam.For the most part, the world is a pretty safe place for travelers and not because France has some crime zones you should stay out of France. I don’t want to scare you too much! However it’s wise to be prepared for the worst.With that in mind, here are my best travel safety tips to help minimize your chances of something bad happening to you or your belongings during your travels ANYWHERE in the world.

1. Don’t allow anyone to put anything on your body, and be extremely wary of accepting anything for free unless there is a good reason for it. Especially in very touristy areas. Ignore them and keep walking, you will be asked to pay for it ..

2. Negotiate your Taxi fare before hand, to avoid overcharge on your destination arrival.There is a rate billboard at the arrival area in the Airport and you can confirm rates at the lobby of Hotels and Guest Houses.

3. Avoid lonely ventures..Yes if it feels dangerous it usually is…Taking long night walks and strolls back to Hotels especially if close by should not be attempted unless if you are in the company of four or more..Groups have been known to ward off suspecting attackers.Yes its close but a $15 or $20*USD Taxi fare is better to part with than anything else.

4. Don’t walk about crowded areas with your Phone exposed. It is common now to have your Phone snatched right out of your hands sometimes even in the middle of a phone call. On receiving a call get to a location with your back against a wall or edged area so as to see on coming perpetrators.

5.  ATM’S..Avoid card slots with adhesives and help from persons . Recently a wave of Card identity theft is on the streets resulting in Thousands being stolen in 2017 from both locals and visitors alike. One scam is a sticky substance is placed in the slots of the machines, when your card gets stuck you are approached by persons offering help.If your card gets stuck try your best and yank it out by yourself, if not call in and cancel the card.

6. Avoid hand purses or wallets. Planing a sightseeing Tour, it’s best to purchase a waist pouch or small light weight Back Pack..its hard to be snatched and passports can be carried safely.