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Feeling vulnerable when moving from one place to the next

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1. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 7y

The main time I feel vulnerable is when I am travelling from one place to the next with all my valuables.

What is the best way to take care of yourself in this situation? I don't want to carry a weapon or even a pepper spray. Just want to avoid confrontation. I also don't want to use taxis because I don't trust them.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

You should trust taxis; as long as you exercise common sense, they're among the safest places in a busy town.

In general, exercising common sense works miracles. Don't appear lost, stay alert (but not panicky: keep smiling, you're on holidays), keep interacting with your surroundings, and you will be surprisingly fine :)

One more thing: the less you carry, the less you can be robbed of, the less you will appear anxious to be robbed. It's hardly an advice, but it works. Minimize you luggage!

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Walk confidently wherever you are, look as if you know what you are doing. Keep lugagge to a minimum.

4. Posted by rhythmbug (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

Quoting bentivogli

You should trust taxis; as long as you exercise common sense, they're among the safest places in a busy town.

I'm not sure that is not very sound advice.
I hope by common sense you mean you should always ask to see the taxi's license card or vehicle number. Also car pooling with other travellers may be a little safer.
I had a peruvian friend robbed at gunpoint in a taxi she caught in Lima. While I was in Arequipa a pair of gringos caught a taxi, who drive up an backstreet alleyway, 4 guys pulled them out of the taxi, robbed them and beat them senseless.
There are loads of phoney taxi drivers, especially in PerĂº; this is a very real problem.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Quoting rhythmbug

I hope by common sense you mean you should always ask to see the taxi's license card or vehicle number. Also car pooling with other travellers may be a little safer.

Yup. Exactly what I mean. What I also meant is that in a good number of cities, a taxi is safer alternative to getting lost in a dodgy area because you were too scared to get in a cab, and decided to go on foot.