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Safety Precautions

Situational Awareness & Personal Safety

Being aware of your surroundings and keeping an eye out for signs of trouble is an important step you can take to stay safe. Arriving in a new country can be a disorienting experience. In addition to being unfamiliar with the geography of your host city, you may be confronted with a different language and different cultural cues.  Keeping the following tips in mind can be helpful: 

  • Limit distracted walking (e.g., listening to music, looking at your phone, etc.). 
  • Avoid looking lost by planning out your route before you leave. 
  • Stay alert to your belongings. Pickpocketing and petty theft are among the most common crimes perpetrated against travelers. 
  • Do not wear flashy jewelry or accessories in public. 
  • Avoid traveling alone. If you must go by yourself, tell someone else your plans and check in with them once you arrive at your destination. 
  • Use special care when withdrawing money from an ATM. 
  • Do not consume alcohol in excess. 
  • Be mindful of traffic patterns, and only cross the road at crosswalks or intersections. 
  • Trust your gut- if a place feels unsafe, leave. 

Technology Safety

Making sure that your electronic devices are secured is very important when traveling internationally. Unsecured devices can result in the theft of proprietary information and data, identity theft, and financial losses.  

For tips on how to keep your devices safe, click here.