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We always think of safety when we are travel abroad. We often hear travel warnings and cautions from our peers and families that travel is not safe.

Media always scares us about the negative news and the worst is they let us feel not to go for your dream to travel our amazing world. In some cases, these are true but even in our own backyard we are not safe. In my experience, research is one easiest thing that you should do. Remember, you need to know the places that you are going to. Be a traveler, not a tourist.

In this article, I am going to share how to travel your dream destination whether you are a neophyte blogger or a tourist.

I grew up in a country where tourism is  common, tourists are flocking to great beaches. But is travel safe? We cannot control the situation but we can avoid it if you follow these important factors when travelling the first time or looking for your next destination.

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1 Do a research

Research before you go. Knowing the place you are about to stay, the pros and cons, and alternatives  you need to do if you get into trouble. Google Map is one way to do it, research the address on Google Maps. Use the street view so you will have an idea what is the place look like.

Find out the foods that are common through online websites. Talk to your friends who have been there and

2. Dress properly

When you dress properly you are putting yourself to safety for various reasons. Remember that people sometimes judge you in your dress and they can easily categorize you they way how you dress. I am not a fashionista but when you travel, you are giving an idea that you are a traveler the way you dress and become a target.

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3. Keep Language Phrases

Learn basic words when English is not the first language. You need to learn key phrases and master it. Phrases like the apology, please, and asking directions are some of the basic phases that you need to know. Based on my experience, it can help a lot when communicating with the locals and they feel happy at least you are trying to speak their language.

 

4. Be Respectful and Kind

When you are away, you will learn their traditions but you need to respect them. You are visiting out of your home and understand the reason why they do out of your traditions and life. Living in a place where your family is away will give you a sense of independent. If you will encounter some issues with the places or directions locals can help you a lot. Travelling abroad can be fruitful while you are building a friendship with them. If you are respecting the local tradition, taste and look you can expect a good treatment.

5. Stay in a house not a hotel 

Well, I tried a couple of hotel stays but it is just so boring to do that always. I was stuck in an itinerary without learning the culture of the locals. If you’re staying in a luxurious hotel accommodation, you are definitely in a tourist zone. If you heard about Couchsurfing, it will be a great option to stay but make sure that the host is a verified one. Be attentive to everything and avoid to get involved in drugs. I recommend using Airbnb  rental  and Perjero too when finding a cheap accommodation.

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6. Don’t wear jewelry

Like what I have said above, aside from wearing the proper dress, you may also get in trouble if you are wearing jewelry. A simple watch and purse with your limited cash are enough while exploring the place you want to go. If you are living with a local host, make sure that your jewelry is put on a safe locker. I never experience getting robbed while living with a local friend however

 

7. Use your senses when taking a public transportation

Taking a public transportation can save you money but you need to be an observant. Obviously, it is a budget way to get from one place to another. Make sure to check your things whether you are in bus or train where people bump and rush each other.

ATM: The oldest market in Arab world. #market #history #shop #instadaily #pengengpaki #turkey

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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.
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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

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