Travelling for the first time can be really scary. Everything is new and different, literally taking you out of your comfort zone! It’s a great opportunity to embrace new experiences and develop life skills but it can also be very daunting. However this can also present certain hazards and safety issues that you need to be aware of. So before heading off it is a good idea is to follow this guide to being prepared for your first trip.
Unfortunately, there are people who choose to commit crimes everywhere. The type and frequency of these crimes can vary, but simple theft such as pickpocketing can be prevalent in many countries. Often tourists visit countries or places where people are desperate for money and foreigners can be easy targets. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.
A few years back I attended the awesome Royal Geographical Society of London’s expedition planning workshop, Explore. One highly entertaining lecture was given by a professor from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford. He began by showing lots of fascinating gruesome and gory photographs of various different infections, infestations, and afflictions. He finished up this part of his talk by saying, ‘ok now that I have satisfied your appetite and gotten your attention I will tell you what you are most likely to die from whilst you are abroad’.