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youth travel tips - 5 ways to stay safe while enjoying your trip


It’s no secret that most young people rarely think of their safety when they’re on a vacation. Alcohol consumption is high, and partying is a favourite past-time, especially in cities with abundant nightlife and lots of events taking place nightly. Keeping safe while travelling is of utmost importance — not only does it help prevent incidents with many undesirable consequences, but it also ensures that nothing will ruin your vacation.

Check out our guide on safe travelling practices for youngsters, from best destinations to enjoyable activities that come with the fun factor but no risks!

choose a safe destination

Safe travelling starts with a safe destination — and there are a couple of factors that determine just how risky a particular city is. Some cities are notorious for pickpockets; others are known for frequent physical attacks that put the traveller’s life at a risk. There are also cities where alcohol consumption and drug abuse are high.

At the top of the list of safe destinations is the beautiful Copenhagen, with its stunning goddess Gefjun fountain that lights up a blue glow at night, followed by Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, which offers one-of-a-kind experiences to visitors. A few other safe destinations on our list include:

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Perth, Australia
  • Oslo, Norway

plan your trip weeks ahead

A lot of young people embark on trips abroad without having a clear plan in place, and this seems to be one of the primary reasons why so many vacations end up in failure. Plan your trip ahead of time to get the best travel experience for both you and your crew (if you’re travelling with your friends). Come up with a travel itinerary — where will you be staying? What places will you visit? How much are you planning to spend?

If possible, consider a backup plan in case you (or someone in your group) get(s) lost. Have a second cell phone with you for emergencies, and make sure to keep the phone number of a reliable taxi company handy, just in case you need to get back to the hotel and don’t know how to get there on your own.

dress to (un)impress

Theft is probably the most common vacation mishap, and young people tend to expose themselves to it by carrying (and flashing) excessive amounts of cash while away from the hotel. Leave your valuables at home, and avoid going out wearing your expensive Rolex watch. Also, try to limit designer clothes — sure, they make you look absolutely gorgeous, but they also scream “Steal from me!”. Keep yourself looking nice, but simple — anything beyond that sets you up for potential risks.

know the rules and laws

Rules and laws are different in countries across the globe, so young people should always take the time to know those of the city they’re travelling to. A lot of youngsters get arrested for being intoxicated with alcohol while in public places. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, listening to loud music can land you in jail. Look up the country’s rules and laws, and take the time to read them a few times to make sure you won’t disobey them by accident.

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