Knowing what is going on around you is one of the best ways to keep safe while traveling. GI Joe used to profess that “knowing is half the battle.” As a former special operations Marine, it was ingrained into us to “know your surroundings.” Now I realize the average traveler is not touring war zones but some of the same techniques can help you avoid trouble while traveling. Look around and observe your environment and surroundings, observe how the local residents act, if the women and children are relaxed, are the men nervous or agitated, are you getting the “what are you doing here?” look? Chances are you are not wandering into a military ambush, but by paying attention in every day travel situations, you are a less likely to be a target of opportunity for someone with bad intentions. People who appear inattentive or clueless become easy marks, if you were planning on robbing someone who would you choose, the person that appears oblivious or the alert person? Lions go after the weaker zebras, you don’t have to be the fastest zebra, just don’t be the slowest.
Projecting an image of confidence and alertness is most difficult when first stumbling out of an airport dragging your luggage, exhausted and bleary eyed, with your travel pillow still around your neck and generally disoriented. This is why we recommend arranging for someone or a service to meet you and whisk you off to your accommodations. After getting settled in and your luggage stored you can clear your head a bit so when you do wander out to that amazing new city or destination, your demeanor is focused and you don’t look like a zebra using a walker.
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