Before You Go
Where to Go
What to Do
Where to Stay
Tips & Advice
TIPS & ADVICE
Girls Beauty Tips
The Solo Traveller
The Best Guidebooks
The Perfect Itinerary
Making a Budget
Partying in Europe
Keeping in Touch
Although backpacking through Europe will be full of adventure, the same activity may be wracked with danger as well. No matter how hard you try to conceal the fact that you are a foreigner, chances are, you will be sticking out like a sore thumb in a country that you do not know, surrounded by people who you also do not know, speaking a language that you most likely also do not know.
To prevent any unfortunate incidences, the most common of which is being robbed, while you’re exploring Europe on foot, you have to be extra careful of your belongings and be extra aware of your surroundings. If you still remember the warnings your mum told you when you first went off to school, to camp, or to college, the same rules (plus a little something more) will apply to backpacking as well.
You don’t start preparing to be safe when you’ve already reached Europe! You must begin protecting yourself even before you even leave the confines of your home. Before leaving, make sure that you have purchased sturdy bags and strong locks. Photocopy your travel documents (passports and visas) and your credit cards, and keep all these in separate pouches. Read up on the places you intend to visit and plan your itinerary. In addition, have the addresses and phone numbers of your country’s embassies or consulate offices readily available.
When you’ve reached your destination, protect yourself from danger by following these simple rules:
Always be alert and on your guard
Don’t get lost
Secure your belongings
As for your important documents and money, keep the originals tucked in a pouch and keep it close to your body (underneath your clothes).
Remember your parents
Finally, all the best laid precautions would be for naught if you decide to risk the odds and explore interesting alleyways on your own or roam around deserted streets in the middle of the night. It’s not enough to keep your personal belongings safe, you must above all keep yourself safe.
If you keep your head on your shoulders, you’ll have a wonderful time getting to know Europe like no other tourist can. You’ll fall in love with the quaint villages and fascinating culture. At the end of your journey, let’s hope that only your heart would have been stolen, and nothing more.