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Top travel tips for more dangerous travel
There’s lots of helpful advice and travel tips out there (and on our website) about safe travel. But what about dangerous travel? What about getting out of your comfort zone, taking a few risks and living a little?
Here are 10 top travel tips from Traveldudes (with a little bit of editing), to help you do just that:
1. Stop worrying about getting scammed.
The truth is, this happens to a lot of travelers, even the most seasoned ones. It even happens to us! As long as you only ever part with little bits of money, you won’t come to much harm. Treat it as an investment in your education! or hire a guide and then you won’t have to worry.
2. Go off with a stranger.
Not some darkened alleyway obviously, but if you’ve met a friendly person who invites you to a public place within walking distance, go along! You will probably have fun!
3. Do things you wouldn’t normally do at home.
Loads of safe travel guides tell you not to do this, but the truth is, a lot of foreign places are actually safer than your home town. As long as you’re not naive, you’ll be fine.
Those extreme sports places have been around for decades because they take safety really seriously. If you’ve got half a brain, you should be able to spot a dodgy one a mile off. Our safety records are amazingly good, way better than skiing so just go for it – try a bunjee jump or full day white water rafting.
5. Always lock your room and wedge the door.
Pretty damned impossible in a dorm! and not necessary in Victoria Falls if you take advantage of our affordable accommodation.
6. If the worst happens, fight back.
If someone’s got a knife or a gun, just give up your stuff. But if not, and you reckon you’ve got a fighting chance, scream, yell and hold onto your things. Chances are the muggers will run off. And anyway, well-known tourist spots like Mt Kilimanjaro and Cape Town are well policed and there is very rarely an incident with a tourist.
7. Talk to the hawkers
A really good travel tip: a lot of travelers don’t like engaging in conversation with people who are trying to sell them stuff, in case they … well, try to sell them stuff. But if you start talking about something else, you can make a real, personal connection.
8. Leave the massive first aid kit at home.
Sure, bring your blister plasters, some antiseptic and Immodium, but chances are, if you need syringes and bandages, you’ll be in a hospital, where such things are provided.
9. Act like an idiot
Sometimes not understanding stuff (or pretending not to), can get you out of a sticky situation. When an official tried to bribe me at a border, I didn’t really understand what was going on, so he gave up trying to get money out of me!
10. Take some risks
You’re a grown up. You know how to take a calculated risk. Would you rather come home feeling exhilarated and more confident, or wishing you’d done something more exciting? I know which one we’d pick …