June 19, 2024
Nice, France

Public Transportation Safety

We will use public transportation at some point in our travels. It is convenient and cost-effective way to get around. However, it’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety. Here are some tips for public transportation safely:

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  1. Research the system: Before using public transportation in a new city, take the time to research the system. Familiarize yourself with the routes, schedules, and any potential safety concerns. This will help you navigate the system confidently and avoid getting lost in unfamiliar surroundings.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings: When using public transportation, always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on your belongings and be cautious of anyone acting suspiciously. If you feel uncomfortable, consider moving to a different seat or getting off at the next stop.
  3. Avoid empty or poorly lit areas: When waiting for public transportation, stand in well-lit and populated areas. Avoid waiting alone at deserted bus stops or train stations, especially late at night. If possible, wait with a group of people or near a security guard or station attendant. Remember, you should have your personal alarm with you.
  4. Keep your belongings secure: Pickpocketing and theft can be common on public transportation. Keep your belongings close to you and secure at all times. Consider using a cross-body bag or backpack that zips closed to deter thieves.
  5. Do not stand near the train or bus exit with your bag in view. Thieves will grab and run just before the door closes, taking your bag with them.
  6. Appear confident and look like you know where you are going.
  7. The trains in Europe are a great way to get around so that means they are used a lot and can get a little nasty. Wipe down your area with wipes to ensure you are rid of the germs that can make your trip a nightmare.
  8. Be aware that if you are on the phone and talking about details of your trip that others may hear and take advantage of that information.
  9. Bags are usually stored on the train but sometimes out of your site. Keep and eye on it so it doesn’t get off the bus or train without you.
  10. If you have an emergency on the train there will be a button you can push to notify the people who can help you.
  11. Hang on! The buses and even trains can move quickly and make you lose your balance.
  12. Keep in mind the bus drivers have to focus on driving, so don’t talk to them while the bus in in motion. They will usually ignore you anyway.

It is important to stay safe when traveling and by following these tips, you can use public transportation with confidence and ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

In my many years of traveling I have experienced most of these listed, unfortunately. I want you to stay safe and have a wonderful adventure!

Fly and Stay Cheap

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