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Being followed is frightening. Being followed in an unfamiliar city or country? Even more so. Here’s a few tips to help you spot and react to the basic criminal element overseas.
Understanding why they might be following you can help dictate the actions you take. You should always research a location before you travel; you should especially look out for the country’s safety warnings. Kidnapping is prevalent in some locations, while other areas are known as transit points for human smuggling or sex trafficking. Combine that with cultural insights and what you’re seeing on the street to decide if you’re in danger and how you should react. Pay attention to the following:
The time to figure out that someone has been following you is not when you’re alone, at night, and in a foreign country. Above all, you are not required to be polite or friendly to anyone who refuses to leave you alone. Knowing what to look for and how to deal with it can put you in a position to save yourself and whoever you’re traveling with.
J.C. Lightcap, Travel Safer | October 10, 2016
JC Lightcap is a travel safety consultant, author of The Travel Safety Handbook, and serial traveler. He provides business travelers, study abroad students and families with the tools to focus on their travel goals, raise their awareness overseas and come home safely. JC has been quoted in the Washington Post, featured in the Liberty Project and is a member of the International Ecotourism Society. He currently lives with his well-traveled wife and two dogs in Denver, Colorado where he snowboards, camps and hikes 14ers.