When sharing study abroad experiences, students are usually bursting with tales of adventure, self discovery, and exploration. These stories range from language blunders to running through airports to catch a flight to Paris. And while little mishaps are a part of the abroad experience and are often great stories to tell, we have to remember that with misunderstandings, crime can be right around the corner. Just as you would in the States, you should always take appropriate precautions both when traveling and in everyday life. Educating yourself on how to live safely while abroad will help you explore your host city with confidence. In addition to common sense you use at home, here are a few tips on how be cautious while walking the streets, going out on the weekends and how to keep your documents secure and how to keep your body healthy.
Odds are you’ll be walking much more in your host city than you do at home. Walking to buy groceries, walking to the train/subway station, walking around just to look at everything are common occurrences. Remember these tips to make sure you do not become a victim of petty theft.
Weekends are great for exploring the city, making new friends and of course having fun! Everyone has their own idea of ‘fun’ and one should remember the tips above for weekend activities no matter what they are. But if your Friday and Saturday nights are going to include alcohol, there is a need for a few extra safety precautions.
We know, we know. These are things you already do. But we want to make sure students know how to enjoy themselves and their host city without getting into unwanted trouble. So please be sure and remember the listed advice!
Protecting Your Documents
Assuming you are aware of how important it is to protect your documents, we’ve compiled a few ways to ensure your documents are safe:
Completely losing your cards, passport and/or visa is zero fun. Though it is possible to have them replaced while abroad, it is very difficult and can take away from your learning experience. Take every precaution to hold on to these, as a foreigner they are your ID and your access to money. Both of which are extremely important.
Be Healthy, Be Happy
Getting sick is not fun no matter where you are. When traveling abroad, you are more vulnerable to new germs and illnesses. Plus, the food is new and it may take some time to adjust to the local cuisine. Even though it is impossible to protect yourself from every single germ, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid coming down with common complications.
Most of the tips above are common sense. Students who chose to study abroad are responsible young adults and we have full faith you are capable of taking care of yourself abroad. But in reality, there are dangers in every city whether they be abroad or in the United States. Using this advice will lessen the likelihood that you’ll be a victim of crime. Safe travels!