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How to avoid getting mugged in a foreign city

How to avoid getting mugged in a foreign city


No matter where you go in the world, there’s always a chance that you could get mugged or robbed. Even though most people associate foreign travel with experiencing new cultures and exploring exotic places, one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of traveling is worrying about safety. Being mugged in an unfamiliar city can be especially scary because it can seem like there aren’t any resources available to help get you out of trouble quickly. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure that doesn’t happen! Let’s go over them here:

How to avoid getting mugged in a foreign city

Don’t make yourself stand out.

The first thing to keep in mind is that criminals are opportunistic. They will take advantage of anyone who looks like they’ll be an easy target, so you want to avoid standing out from the crowd as much as possible.

This means wearing clothing that is not flashy or expensive looking and carrying only enough cash on your person so that if someone tries to rob you, they won’t get much money (you can keep most of your cash in a safe at home). It also means avoiding big jewelry like watches and necklaces–these tend to draw attention because they’re shiny objects that could easily be stolen by someone with bad intentions.

Don’t wear flashy jewelry.

  • Don’t wear flashy jewelry.
  • Don’t wear a lot of jewelry.
  • Don’t wear expensive jewelry, because it will make you an easy target for thieves who want to steal from you and sell your stuff for cash or other valuables.
  • If you must wear any jewelry at all, then keep it simple and unnoticeable–and don’t take anything off at night!

Avoid dark alleys, especially at night.

Avoid dark alleys, especially at night.

Dark alleys are a common place for mugging and robbery because they are usually deserted and dark, making it easy to hide from police and passersby. However, they can also be good places to find a quiet spot to relax or get some peace and quiet.

Stay close to well-lit areas.

The best way to avoid getting mugged is to stay close to well-lit areas. Don’t venture into dark alleys, deserted streets or unlit parks or stairwells.

Walk confidently and purposefully.

Walk confidently and purposefully.

  • Don’t walk too quickly or too slowly. You want to look like you know where you’re going, but not as if you are in a hurry.
  • Don’t look around too much–this can give an impression of nervousness or confusion, which could make someone think that they can mug you without much resistance from your end.
  • Avoid looking at your phone while walking: even if it’s just for navigation purposes (and not texting), it still gives off the vibe that there might be something interesting enough on the screen for someone else to try stealing it from you!

Carry a travel money belt or other concealed carry bag.

Carrying your money in a travel money belt or other concealed carry bag is the best way to keep it safe. You can also use these bags to carry your passport, credit cards, cash and other valuables.

If you lose your concealed carry bag during your travels it is not necessarily the end of the world–after all it has been lost before by others who survived! If this happens then try not to panic; there are ways that you can recover most of what was lost without having to return home empty handed:

  • First try calling the bank that issued your credit card(s) immediately after discovering they were missing so they can cancel them before someone else uses them fraudulently. This should help prevent any unauthorized charges being made against them while they are out of reach in another country.* If possible ask whoever found/stole from you if they would be willing get back into contact with their original owner once he/she returns home from vacationing abroad?

Avoid wearing headphones or earbuds while walking through cities.

Walking through a foreign city with headphones in your ears is a good way to get mugged. You won’t hear someone following you, or see someone suspicious approaching. You won’t be able to hear what they are saying, if they ask for directions or just want to talk.

If you do decide to wear earbuds while walking around urban areas, make sure that at least one ear can be uncovered so that your senses stay alert at all times and allow you the chance of avoiding any potential trouble before it happens!

Don’t carry your phone or wallet in your back pocket while walking around town at night or in an unfamiliar area of town during the day.

  • Don’t carry your phone or wallet in your back pocket while walking around town at night or in an unfamiliar area of town during the day.
  • Keep it in a travel money belt or other concealed carry bag.

You can protect yourself from being mugged if you follow these simple rules

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid dark alleys and deserted streets at night.
  • Don’t wear flashy jewelry or carry expensive valuables that could attract attention to yourself and make it easier for someone to mug you.
  • Don’t walk with headphones or earbuds in, as this will limit your ability to hear what’s going on around you


If you follow these simple rules, you can protect yourself from being mugged. You don’t have to be afraid of traveling through foreign cities or getting lost in them!