STAY SAFE WHEN YOU TRAVEL
(P1) There is plenty to do to increase your personal safety while you’re on the road. We asked some top travel bloggers for their tips to remain safe while traveling and here is what they said:
(P2) Michael Hodson: Don’t carry anything around on you that you would feel bad about losing. The reality is that THEFT and ROBBERY happen and can happen in any country in the world. Don’t bring your nice jewelry or FANCY wristwatch on your trip. Use COMMON SENSE, pay attention to your SURROUNDINGS, and take a cab if you have a question about the safety of walking.
(P3) Matthew Kepnes: Avoid drinking HEAVILY when you travel. Travel is a great excuse to go out and IMBIBE, but you’re in a place and culture you don’t know. When you drink heavily, it’s easy to lose stuff, get robbed, or worse. Most of the travel HORROR STORIES I hear always start with “We were at a bar….” Keep your drinking to a REASONABLE level.
(P4) Kristen Sarah: Always walk with confidence, even if you don’t know where you’re going. If you look lost, you will look VULNERABLE and this makes you more of a target. Even if you’re unsure of where you are going, always look like you do. If you do need directions, go into a shop and ask the manager.
(P5) Jeremy Scott Foster: If you’re traveling in a city that is known for PICKPOCKETS, carry a DECOY WALLET. Keep your cards, cash, and ID in your front pocket, and put some old cards and $20 cash in a different wallet in your back pocket. If you become a target for pickpockets, you won’t lose anything important. If you get MUGGED, just HAND OVER the wallet like it’s all you’ve got.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Have you had any bad travel experiences?
- Have you had any unusual experiences when you were drinking alcohol?
- What safety practices do you follow in your own daily life?
- Which idea in the article was the most original and different?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Common sense
- Horror story
- Hand over