5 Golden Rules For Staying Safe When You’re Backpacking

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It got me thinking about travel safety tips in general, and what I’d tell anyone about to set off on their first backpacking trip. First off: the world is not a dangerous, unkind place, and the benefits of going somewhere new far outweigh the risks. But that doesn’t mean you should leave your common sense at home – here are my five tried ‘n’ tested tips for avoiding a whole lotta trouble while travelling the world…

1. Actually do your research

Before you go to a new place, find out which neighbourhoods are safe and which are known to be sketchy. Always book your hostel in advance for the first night, and find somewhere you can arrive at any time, day or night, that you wouldn’t be fearful rocking up to with a giant backpack. Keep this local knowledge in mind as you explore the destination, and always avoid areas that are known to be flat-out dangerous.

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