The idea of couchsurfing
or homestay is popular among travelers. It’s a good way to reduce the
expenses when you don’t want to pay a lot for expensive hotels. It’s also good
to engage with the locals and live like they do.
The only problem
with both options is that you’re sleeping with people you don’t know. You might
be in a vulnerable position and be a victim of a crime in a country you’re not familiar
with. Therefore, you have to remember these safety tips
Read the reviews
and details first
Make sure that
you will partner with people who have a verified account online. You also have
to check if the reviews were positive. For couchsurfing, hosts want to ensure a
positive reputation because if it’s their turn to travel in the future, they
want to make it easy for others to host them. Immediately stay away from accounts
that haven’t been verified yet or haven’t received lots of reviews.
your host before traveling
It’s good if you
can talk to your host before you travel. You want to establish a positive
relationship even before your arrival. You can even set rules and agree on some
details. By the time you get there, you already earned each other’s trust.
Let your family
know where you’re going. Tell them the exact name and address of the person hosting
you. If you know other people residing in the place where you’re heading, you
also need to tell them. In case of emergency, you can contact them.
Keep emergency contact numbers on speed dial
You need to know
the local 911 number of the country where you’re traveling. You also have to
save the hotline of your country’s embassy. Again, you don’t know what could
happen. In case you start to feel unsafe, you can call for help.
someone if possible
When you choose this
type of accommodation, you need to bring someone with you. Traveling alone already
comes with a risk. It’s even worse when you have to stay with someone you have
only met for the first time. You can reschedule your trip if you can’t bring a
friend with you on your chosen dates.
you feel unsafe
As you start to
feel that there’s something wrong or creepy with your host, you have to leave. It
doesn’t matter if you are viewed as rude for your action. You can deal with the
repercussions later. For now, the goal is to be safe. Look for a hotel somewhere
in a more crowded area or head straight to the airport. Don’t worry about the
expenses as a result of these changes in plan. Again, the priority is to be
options remain popular around the world. It means that many people still trust
the process. There’s nothing wrong if you also give them a shot. Just make sure
you know what to do to protect yourself under the worst circumstances.
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