As a naive young man, I used to think that the whole world was as safe as Singapore.
I grew up in Singapore where crime is relatively low and the streets are generally safe to walk on.
So when I decided to travel to Bangkok for a vacation, I didn’t think much about personal safety.
But on the first day of my trip, I quickly realized that I was wrong. As I was walking through the busy streets of Bangkok, someone came up behind me and pickpocketed my wallet. I was shocked and frustrated, and I couldn’t believe that this could happen to me in a place like Bangkok.
Looking back, I realize that I made a mistake by assuming that every country is as safe as Singapore. While Singapore may have low crime rates, other countries may not be as safe. In fact, even within the same country, different cities and areas may have varying levels of safety.
So, what can you do to stay safe when travelling to a new place? Here are some tips:
- Research the safety of the place you’re visiting. Before you travel, take some time to research the safety of the city or country you’re visiting. Look up crime rates and read up on any potential safety hazards. This will give you a better idea of what to expect and allow you to plan accordingly.
- Be aware of your surroundings. When you’re out and about in a new place, it’s important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on your belongings and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables. If you’re in a crowded area, be wary of pickpockets and other thieves.
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts and avoid the situation. If you’re unsure of where to go or what to do, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Use common sense. Common sense goes a long way when it comes to personal safety. Avoid walking alone at night, especially in unfamiliar areas. Don’t accept rides from strangers or leave your drink unattended. These may seem like basic tips, but they can help keep you safe.
- Consider travel insurance. While it may not prevent crime or accidents, travel insurance can help protect you in case something does happen. Many travel insurance policies cover medical expenses, lost or stolen belongings, and even emergency evacuations.
In the end, my experience in Bangkok taught me that the world is not as safe as Singapore. But by following these tips and using common sense, you can protect yourself and enjoy your travels.