Common sense is a word that is often tossed around. But as my mum loves to remind me, common sense isn’t so common, after all!
At Zafigo, we go out of our way to almost make it a science, gathering loads of insight and breaking down observations into usable bits of information.
Here is a refreshing take on travel safety that keeps it extremely simple while paying respect to the most intrinsic (and enjoyable) part of exploring a new city: the human factor.
Trust – Don’t start in panic mode. With all your essentials pack an extra dose of trust. If one is too guarded about the smallest things you will never have the time to catch the small nuances.
Cabs – When hiring a cab, keep in mind that sitting on the back seat naturally forms a distinction with the driver, whereas sitting in the front has heaps of benefits: one forms a bond with the driver immediately, conversations flow well, you can see the road ahead and you can slide your seat back further and make more leg space. More than anything, it establishes an equal status with the driver, who will possibly appreciate this and take it upon himself to keep you safe.
Hotels – If you’re arriving in the dead of the night, or way too early, then book ahead. Many hotels in India’s smaller towns are nervous about getting solo travellers to check-in at odd hours unless you have spoken to them before. Do the quick checklist before snoring away: lockable door, lockable door and a lockable door!
Being Curious – Indians are a curious bunch! They want to know the why, who, what and wherefore of your entire life. Sound suggestion: share it! You are never going to meet these people again anyway! Also, be curious. Ask them about marriage, children, financial status and anything that is otherwise intrusive. Heck, go for a meal at their place. People love to share. Once you have had a meal at someone’s house it’s unlikely that they will harm you in any way.
See Supriya’s complete point of view on Tripzuki.
P.s. I don’t necessarily agree with the tip about sitting up front in a cab – I like my space, especially in the small pockets that it can be found in India! But the point is pertinent, and distances can be bridged with the simplest of questions. Some of my best conversations about the city, the state of the nation, life and Bollywood have been with the chatty cab drivers of Delhi!
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Reposted from: Tripzuki
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