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While most of Europe remains a safe place to travel, there are the inevitable places to which you probably shouldn't travel. This does not mean countries in particular, although if you are concerned about any of the countries you plan to visit the best place you can check is the US State Department website for international travel (http://travel.state.gov/). They regularly post warning about unsafe places to travel as well as basic travel safety tips for Americans abroad. The State Department also send us these travel warnings and if we think any of them relate to places students might be likely to travel we will post tem. This is not intended in any way to alarm travellers but to bring your attention to travel safety. We receive travel warnings from time to time for various Euorpean countries, largely related to geo-political summits behind held in popular capital cities, for example, and these warnings are intended to alert travellers to the possibility of safety concern.
Pickpockets make a great living from tourists in European "hotspots" such as Italy, Paris, Amsterdam, Spain, etc. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. It is often a good idea to invest in one of the money pouches that are worn underneath clothing for safe keeping. It is a bad idea to keep your wallet in your back pocket or top shirt pockets. That's easy access for a pickpocket. If you carry a handbag/purse, we recommend you wrap the strap around your arm or wear it over your shoulder and across your chest. Regardless, keep a watchful eye on any of your bags.
Watch out for your friends and don't be afraid to challenge anyone getting too close. If you look confident and look like you know what you're doing most people will not even consider you a "target". Be confident!
Unfortunately, in large groups, any nationality can appear to be loud and obnoxious travellers. Given the current world climate it is even more important to stress the idea that, as travellers, it is a good idea to try to blend into your surroundings. The simplest thing is to remember you are guests in these countries and respect that fact.
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Last Updated: 24/08/2011 11:09 AM