08 Apr Is It Safe to Travel to the Dominican Republic?
Is it safe to travel to the Dominican Republic you ask? Well, what is considered safe nowadays? Is it ever safe to travel anywhere? No country is immune from violence or crime. Some places are going to be more dangerous than others. However, you can always take precautions and educate yourself before visiting any country.
Some people are so afraid to die, that they never begin to live.
I even had the opportunity to walk around the quiet and friendly streets of Samana by myself; not once did I feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Nobody pestered or tried to sell anything to me (at least not aggressively) and I got to see how the locals lived. Dominicans are nothing but kind, generous, and contagiously happy people. It’s definitely a country you shouldn’t neglect traveling to.
Funny story. I was walking on the beach one day, and suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in one of my toes. Without looking down, I panicked and screamed in fear — thinking I was bit by a crab or something, I couldn’t bear to look. Turns out I was getting stung by a bee (I’m a baby I know). However, a local nearby didn’t hesitate to help and jolted towards me. He immediately yanked the sucker out from my toe and made sure the stinger was no longer intact.
The nice man who helped me tried to tell me something, but unfortunately my Spanish isn’t great. I think he was trying to give me instructions on what to do afterwards or that the stinger was no longer there. Who knows. All I know is that his first instinct was to help me.
Here are 10 general travel safety tips to decrease any chances of mishaps:
- Leave valuables at the hotel, or even at home if possible.
- Ladies (or men), wear cross-body purses with zippers to prevent robbers from snatching or pickpocketing.
- Always be aware of your belongings, especially when one “accidentally” spills food/drinks on clothes.
- Avoid walking in public areas by yourself at night. If possible, travel with a group.
- Resistance can lead to violence, so if you’re approached by a criminal with a weapon, hand over your valuables.
- Don’t give out too many details about yourself or where you’re staying with strangers.
- When using an ATM, guard the keypad when entering your pin.
- Avoid taking public transportations alone when traveling in large cities, resort to taxis or rent your own car.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers, know where they come from.
- Avoid looking flashy and giving people more reason to rob you.
Disclaimer: This post blog was written in partnership with the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Board. While the trip was compensated all honest opinions are my own.
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