A concern many have about touring exterior of the US is private security. A lot of that is ingrained within the concern of the unknown, and never on any agency information. Whereas there are harmful areas on the planet right this moment (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Nicaragua, Yemen, Pakistan), there are numerous elements of the world which can be significantly safer than areas of the US. Thailand specifically is a really secure vacation spot for journey. By many measures of crime and security charges, Thailand is safer than Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China, Belgium, and much safer than France, Italy, Eire, and even the US. And inside the US, locations like New York Metropolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit are much more harmful than many creating nations.
After all, no vacation spot is totally secure. Nonetheless, there are very simple steps to take to attenuate the danger of changing into a sufferer. Many of those steps are ones we take each day when going about our every day lives, however neglect to do for some cause after we journey overseas. There are additionally another steps we have to take that might not be so apparent, distinctive to the nations we journey to. Listed below are some issues to recollect to guarantee a secure journey:
One of many major causes of accidents when touring overseas is visitors accidents. There are various causes for this: distinctive geographies, excessive inhabitants densities, transportation infrastructure that may’t sustain with fast inhabitants progress, growing wealth leading to extra private automobiles, much less developed visitors security requirements, combined transportation modes on roads (vans, automobiles, bikes, scooters, bicycles, meals carts, and even elephants and ox carts all sharing the identical highway), and varied different elements.
Due to this, we used VERY skilled, skilled van drivers for our journey. Our van drivers have been with us for greater than ten years, and are very skilled in driving within the varied cities and countryside of Thailand. Moreover, after we use different modes of transportation, we can be utilizing the most secure distributors doable. For instance, we’ll take a speedboat experience to the island resort on the finish of the journey, and the resort-operated speedboats we use are in all probability the very best run operation on the island. Lastly, whereas in Thailand, no scholar or college will drive or be allowed to experience bikes. This may decrease the dangers throughout our journey.
The largest distinction between visitors within the US and Thailand is that Thai automobiles are proper hand drive like within the UK, not left hand drive like within the US. Subsequently, automobiles drive on the left facet of the highway, somewhat than the suitable. As a pedestrian, you all the time should hold this in thoughts. Our first intuition when crossing a highway is to look to the left first. Nonetheless, in Thailand, you need to first look to the suitable for oncoming visitors.
The opposite vital distinction in Thailand (in addition to a lot of Asia) is that pedestrians lack the suitable of approach. Don’t cross exterior of a crosswalk in case you will help it. Don’t assume that the automobiles will cease for you, even in a crosswalk and not using a visitors gentle. And all the time be careful for scooters, bikes, and tuk-tuks. One of the best ways to cross a busy road is to cross on an elevated walkway or an underground walkway. In any other case, cross at crosswalks with a visitors gentle. Should you do should cross, cross with the Thais; they’re used to it, and following their lead will hold you secure.
Moreover, sidewalks in Thai cities may be difficult. Theoretically, they have been designed for pedestrians. However most sidewalks seem to be road malls, lined with distributors and meals carts, notably at evening. It may be extremely claustrophobic strolling on the sidewalk. It’s tempting to stroll out on the road, however don’t. Simply be taught to be assertive and assured, and take care of the crowds on the sidewalk.
The cities we journey to on Could Time period Thailand are secure, together with Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I really feel far safer there than I did in lots of American cities. Nonetheless, some widespread sense will go a protracted methods in the direction of not changing into a sufferer.
First, know what to anticipate. Perform a little research in your vacation spot.The very best supply of up-to-date info on country-specific issues of safety is the US State Division. They’ve detailed security and crime reviews for each nation. Additionally they ship out particular alerts and warnings for nations which can be notably harmful.
Second, don’t make your self a goal. Which means depart something flashy or costly behind, and normally not bringing consideration to your self. Hold the costly watches and jewellery at residence, and costume appropriately for the setting. Don’t act out or do something to deliver consideration to your self, be well mannered and courteous, communicate in affordable tones, and smile. People appear to talk at a quantity one or two ranges larger than anybody else, notably in Asia. I’m additionally responsible of this. You’re already going to face out, however in case you can decrease your profile, you’ll keep safer.
Subsequent, notice that Asian cities are much more crowded than Western US cities. For a lot of who have been raised within the western a part of the US, our sense of private area generally can span yards. In Asia, that area shrinks to mere inches, if that. You can be bumped and jostled when strolling. More often than not, it’s inadvertent. It’s one thing that you need to get used to when touring in Asia. Nonetheless, this is a perfect state of affairs for decide pockets. In crowds, be certain your valuables are in your entrance pockets (together with your pockets), and ideally in a zippered pocket or hanging pocket. Should you carry a handbag, be certain it’s held near you. Should you carry a backpack, carry it backwards in order that it’s in entrance of you.
Use your telephones. All the time have them charged, all the time have some cash on them, and carry them with you in all places. If there is a matter, name Noi or any of the school. Communications might be one of the simplest ways to keep away from stepping into bother.
Lastly, use widespread sense. Don’t exit alone; go in giant teams, particularly at evening. Don’t carry round and undoubtedly don’t flash round giant quantities of money. All the time concentrate on your environment. Don’t take drinks or gadgets supplied by strangers. Don’t stroll down darkish alleys. It’s the identical belongings you would do in any metropolis in America, however we appear to neglect to do them after we go overseas.
A phrase about alcohol:
Irresponsible alcohol use is the first cause younger individuals discover themselves in bother with locals, or worse, injured, whereas touring overseas. We is not going to tolerate irresponsible alcohol use. Not solely does it endanger you, it should endanger the group and negatively have an effect on the repute of this system and the faculty. You’ve got all learn and signed the alcohol coverage assertion, and we’ll strictly implement it.