The most dangerous time in your life, when
you are most likely to be attacked is when you are
traveling in an unfamiliar area.
are the favorite prey of the goblins of the world
for the following reasons:
They are easy
to spot. Tourists make the mistake of not blending
in, wearing clothes that stand out. Shorts in a
climate where everyone else is wearing pants.
Brand-new clothes with bright colors. A camera
around the neck, and a generally lost look on the
They're not armed. It is illegal to
carry most weapons on common carriers such as
airliners. Goblins know this and purposefully go
after the tourist.
Tourists make the
mistake of flaunting wealth. They wear expensive
jewelry, and carry large amounts of cash.
False sense of confidence. When people
travel from developed countries such as Japan, the
United States or England to third world countries
they incorrectly assume the country they are
visiting has the same overall safety as the
developed country. Those tourists are often
unpleasantly surprised at how dangerous the
country is that they are visiting.
Tourists are assumed to be rich. People in
most third world countries do not have the money
to travel. So they think that anyone who can
travel must be rich. They often resent that
supposed wealth, and are willing to take drastic
action to take it from tourists.
is the answer? Never travel to new areas? No, that
would be an awful way to live your life. Travel is
fun and exciting, and no matter what the possible
threats are, you shouldn't let a few dirt-bags
ruin your fun.
The key is to avoid trouble
by not standing out as a lost, vulnerable tourist.
Learn about the area you will be traveling
to. The more familiar you are with the new area,
the more confident you will be as you stroll down
the street. Use the Internet to get maps of the
area, and information on the sights you want to
visit. Find out as much as you can about the
culture of the people you will be visiting. Your
primary goal is to blend in.
Find out what
people usually wear in the area you will be
Hopefully you will already have
similar clothes. It is best not to wear brand new
Go with a group if possible.
There is strength in numbers for tourists.
Being with a group is especially important
if it is your first time to the new country. A
tour group is a great way to go because the tour
guide will only take you to areas that are "safe"
for tourists. Do not venture out on your own,
unless you know for certain the area you are going
to visit is relatively safe. Stay in the
neighborhoods that are set up for tourists.
Consider arming yourself with weapons that
can be carried on common carriers. A good solid
three foot walking stick is an example. A goblin
would think twice before trying anything with you
carrying such a weapon.
Don't carry cash.
Use credit cards, or travelers checks. If they are
stolen, you can get them replaced. If you normally
carry your wallet in your back pocket, change it
to your front pocket. Pickpockets have a very hard
time getting your wallet from the front. Carry a
little extra cash in your sock or shoe, just in
case you need some emergency money.
tempt fate. Even if you think you are in a very
safe area, do not leave valuables out in plain
sight. Some desperate people might attempt to kill
you in order to get your valuables.
Whenever you travel you must continually
be in a heightened state of awareness. If you slip
out of that aware state, you could find yourself
in serious danger.
By using the
aforementioned concepts you should be able to have
a safe, enjoyable trip with little chance of being
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