basic self-defense. For instance, by striking the eyes,
nose, throat, groin or knees, you can disable an
destination so you'll know what to expect in terms of
attitudes toward foreigners and, if you're female,
Request a room that
isn't on the ground floor, which can offer easy access
through a window.
Avoid opening your
door to people who are unknown to you or who do not
Become familiar with
the people at your hotel's reception desk, and inform
them of your comings and goings. Give them emergency
numbers of family or friends.
Get to know the area
where you'll be staying, and trust your intuition; avoid
places that look risky.
Dress like a local
resident, or at least try to look inconspicuous in your
dress and behavior.
Walk with confidence.
If you're feeling nervous, seek out a fellow traveler as
a temporary companion or stay close to another
pedestrian so that you don't appear to be alone.
Stay sober, or at
least know your limits when drinking.
Get Comfortable on
Follow some of the
routines you have at home: Drink a cup of coffee in the
morning, take an afternoon jog, visit the market in the
Create a temporary
home, if you are staying more than a couple of days, by
decorating your room with familiar objects, such as
pictures, candles and flowers.
Go to a restaurant
and bring a book, journal or materials for writing
letters. You might also bring a guidebook or map to help
plan the next part of your trip.
Become a regular:
Visit one shop consistently or have breakfast at the
same café each morning, and get to know the people who
work there. They can give you helpful advice about the
area and, when you need it, provide assistance, which
can be especially important in an emergency.
Meet other travelers
through classes or tour groups. They can share travel
tips with you and even become temporary travel