7 Tips for Staying Safe when Meeting Other Travelers ...

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Making new friends is part of the adventure of travel but it’s very important to stay safe when meeting other travelers. Not everyone you meet on the road has your best interests at heart, and it is wise to be cautious around strangers when away just as much as when at home – if not more so - because the risks are potentially greater. The last thing you want is your trip to go sour because you haven’t followed the basic rules for how to stay safe when meeting other travelers. Here they are.

1. Public Places First

The number one tip if you want to stay safe when meeting other travelers is to have the first meeting in public. It’s unlikely you’ll make friends with an axe-wielding lunatic, but if you do, you know you won’t find yourself in a tough situation if you meet in a public place. Consider a café or a museum as an initial icebreaker. Until you get to know the people you’re meeting personally, there’s no telling whether their intentions are good or bad. It is actually best to always meet publicly until you are very, very sure of the other person.

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