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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

This will apply mostly to solo travellers but what makes you trust someone?

While having a conversation about this someone said that they were more inclined to trust another traveller than a local, why is that?

I don't think I personally discriminate and would happily trundle off with anyone but it did remind me of times when I've needed someone to watch my backpack and chosen another traveller to do the job.

Who do you choose to trust while on the road and why

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I trust myself, because of my self-preservation skills & survival instinct

3. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Who do i trust? hmm..interesting. I've never lost my belongings before and for reasons unknown to me, i tend to rely on couples, be they travellers or locals when i need to leave my bag or to seek directions etc. And oh, i have this impression that old folks are all nice,reliable and trustworthy.
I'm particular wary of locals coming up to me, offering to bring me to a cheap hostel or a nice getaway. This i usually decline them politely and instead chose to approach backpackers, if i can find one, for directions to hostels, money-changers etc.

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

I think you have to take risks at times, but personally i do not trust anyone but myself, oh i have a certain amount of trust in people, if its something like trusting people with your belongings-i wouldn't take anything of too much value-and it's all stuff that can be replaced, i would keep things of personal value etc on me or safely away!

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

this is quite a difficult issue, because sometimes when you are travelling you have to trust people even if you don't know them too well, which is a difficult thing to do. I definitely agree with the point about people coming up to you offering things - i always tell them thanks but no thanks.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Lil J and Wocca approximate cover it. I'm naturally utterly paranoid, so i don't trust anybody really in full. If i get somebody to watch my bags etc, i never leave them with anything that i can't afford to loose anyway. To be honest, if somebody really wants to steal my dirty washing and pungent socks, they are more than welcome.

There is a natural instinct to trust other travellers, especially those similar to you (nationality etc), and wihilst this can be fine, it should be noted that there are unfortunately some people who pay for their continued travels etc by befriending in you in just such a way and then stealing your stuff. I don't tend to discriminate by nationality or status, but i tend to have decent instincts (or even if they are really quite cr*p, i still trust them), which i go with.

Having said that, if you go around thinking the worst of everybody, you miss out on all sorts of things and experiences, and possibly miss teh cahnce to make a great friend for life in somebody. Go with it, never appear paranoid or overly concerned, but don't be overly open with people and trust your instincts. Basic common sense will help prevent allot of pronblems. i.e. don't keep all your money, passport and tickets in the same pocket. That way, if a ticket inspector comes in, you don't expose where everything is. Also, ALWAYS keep your money belt hidden, unles syou really, really trust the people you are with. If you need to get something out, nip into a toilet stall, or somewhere out of sight and do it without it being open.

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

Also, ALWAYS keep your money belt hidden, unless you really, really trust the people you are with. If you need to get something out, nip into a toilet stall, or somewhere out of sight and do it without it being open.

Money belts can be a bit hard to hide if you happen to be in a compromising position and getting undressed in front of someone else

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

True enough.

But if your in that situation, at least a basic trust of some decription exists, and guessing that a different sort of security may be of more pressing concern.

Unless your talking about mobsters telling you to strip naked at gun point before they hang you up and torchure you, but again, experience tells me that you have more pressing matters of concern than somebody stealing a little cash at that point....

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Best to duck in and use the bathroom first. This gives you a chance to get the money belt off, roll it up in your hand, and then walk out with your hand behind your back. Whilst the other person is using the bathroom, you can tie the money belt to the leg of a chair or wherever you've put clothes. Even in a shoe is good (your socks can go on top of it). Hiding a money belt under the bed, or between mattresses is not recommended. Certainly not a good idea to fall asleep

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting mim

"... I don't think I personally discriminate and would happily trundle off with anyone ..."

Ever heard of "stranger danger"?