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Asia is a phenomenal place to explore and is bursting with wonderful travel experiences. Asia is also generally an extremely safe area to travel. However, if you are still worried about Asia safety, there are a few precautions you can take to ensure a safe and fun experience. Obviously Asia is a huge and varied place, so each destination is different. But here are some general tips to keep you aware and protected during your travels (plus make you an Asia Safety expert).
Seoul in South Korea is a safe Asian destination for travellers
Don’t be tricked out of money
One of the most common problems tourists run into when travelling Asia is losing money. Whether it’s through simple theft, loss, or vendors charging much more than they should, these things do happen pretty frequently. Tourists stand out to opportunists and therefore may be targeted for their money in various ways.
There are ways to prevent this, though. Consider the art of haggling, adopted by many travellers who know better than to be overcharged. Approach vendors with kindness and calmness, and negotiate with them to bring the costs down when they seem too high. It’s a practice commonly witnessed in Asia, so don’t be shy – as highlighted by TINZ, you could save up to 50% of the asking price. But, as always, make sure you’re respectful and polite!
Keep your belongings concealed
Another major issue tourists run into often when in Asia is the stealing of personal belongings. Theft in broad daylight isn’t uncommon, and it usually occurs on busy streets when travellers are flaunting expensive items. Keep your phones, cameras and wallets hidden to prevent them being taken.
One common method of taking your belongings is through bag snatching, where a thief will ride past on a motorbike and take your bag from you when you least expect it. Consider carrying a bag that goes across your body, so that it can’t be removed easily – this way, you won’t have to be constantly aware.
Stick to the beaten path
Sticking to the beaten path (although it might not be as fun), can be a safer way to explore the region. As with all continents, there are many places which are uncharted and potentially dangerous to explore. Stick to the routes you know and maybe avoid heading anywhere you’re not confident about. If you choose to take a tour, ensure your guides are registered and official, otherwise there’s no guarantee of your safety.
There are many risks to look out for if you stray from the beaten path. Whether it be unaccommodating locals or dangerous terrain, so weigh up your risks. And also make sure you’re aware of any areas that are strictly off-limits to tourists for any reason.
Don’t put too much trust into strangers
Whether it be your newly-found pals in the hostel or seemingly friendly locals, you need to keep your wits about you and not be too trusting. Unfortunately, when you don’t know someone’s motives, you can’t be so quick to let them influence you.
For example, if a jolly bartender or local you meet on a fun night out urges you to come somewhere else after the bar, don’t follow suit. However, it’s also important to not be completely hostile – as Travel on the Brain highlights, not trusting anyone could make your holiday a terrible experience. Make sure you have a good balance and use common sense. If something doesn’t sit right or someone doesn’t seem legit, maybe avoid the situation. Trust your instincts.
Stay vigilant and aware
In general, it makes sense to be constantly aware of your surroundings and the people you’re with. And, as hard as it may be, you’ll have to make sure that you or someone in your group can be on the look out, especially after a night out in the city.
But don’t let this advice put you off travelling in what is perhaps the most interesting and exciting continent in the world. Asia is full of overwhelming charm and beauty that spills out of every corner, and beckons for you to explore. Stay safe and sensible and you’ll be sure to have one of the best experiences of your life.
Do you have any suggestions for safety? Let me know in the comments below
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