Going on a trip to a country you don’t really know anything about can be scary. Instead of running straight into your safety zone, which for some is your bed, properly prepare for your trip to an unknown country before you go.
Look Up the Latest News
The first thing you should do is find the latest information on the country you plan to visit, especially if it is a country in a known dangerous environment. That way you are not walking into danger. Don’t make assumptions about the country, since places change for the better all the time. Take a look at the vast improvements the Kazakhastan Democracy has made as an example.
Find the “Right” Accommodations
In many countries, it is quite common to get scammed or overcharged. You should always search out thoroughly beforehand whether the accommodation arrangements you have made are in a legitimate establishment. Don’t fall into the trap of being viewed as easy money because you are a tourist.
Read Up on the Crime Scene
The best way of avoiding any trouble coming your way is to learn the culture of the city you are visiting. Always make it a top priority to do this. There are many local street kids and criminals on the prowl for tourists that don’t know the local hustle of the city they are in.
Learn Their Economic Standing
This is especially important in the light of the current global economic crisis. The countries with the struggling economies will have citizens more eager to make money any way they can. As a consequence, more citizens will turn to crime, which is immediately a bad sign for tourists, who are typically prime targets.