Three Tips For Safe World Travel From The Man Who's Seen It All

Gunnar Garfors, the author of 198: How I Ran Out of Countries, has been to every country in the world. He knows a thing or two about international travel, and has a few tips to share in regards to keeping safe.

In this video from the Business Insider YouTube channel, Garfors shares some simple, but important tips for your globetrotting adventures:

  1. Always keep the essentials on you: Whether you have one of those pouches to hide everything in or a jacket you always wear, keep your passport, phone, and wallet on you at all times.

  2. Don't be arrogant: Try and be humble wherever you go. If you do something that seems to upset someone, apologise.

  3. Smile a lot: Smiling shows that you're not a threat to anyone and that you mean well. Besides, everyone would rather help a smiling stranger.

Funny how these tips would probably help you at home too. Perhaps the rest of the world isn't much different after all. Besides your passport, wallet, and phone, Garfors has a few other suggestions for things you should always carry with you when travelling internationally.

How to Stay Safe While Travelling Abroad [YouTube]


    OK, which one of these three are going to prevent me from being raped? Can we get some travel safety tips from someone who isn't playing on easymode?

      So accepting that OP is almost certainly a total troll, I'll answer anyway. In your case, your essentials might need to include pepper spray.

      Take note of point 2: don't be arrogant. While nothing here will prevent a rapist [abroad, or at home] it's a sad fact that standing out [and fostering resentment] are good ways of being selected as a target of violence.
      If you travel to a country where people dress modestly, do the same. Arrogantly refusing to adopt to local customs can end badly.

      Think of: refugees in Australia, reluctant to adopt to [white, christian] Australian manners, and the resentment being stirred up as a result.

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