Check Out Local Places
Once you have done sightseeing some of the major tourist locations of a place, go to the less popular ones. You can ask around to know where you can get a glimpse of the native life. If your trip was planned by online travel agents, they might be able to help you out in this regard. Sometimes, they might even know a local guide who can take you to shows that reflect the culture of that place.
Stay with a Host
Instead of staying in a hotel, you can choose to stay with a host. This way, you will be able to see how the people of a place live and also get a closer look at their culture. You can also taste the local delicacies. This will also help you talk to the locals and become a part of their lifestyle, even if for a small amount of time.
Make Use of Public Transportation
When you want to know more about the local culture of a place, always make use of the public transportation. Perhaps, you will catch a conversation on the bus or train ride and get to understand how people of that place think or live their lives. Or, you might meet someone who might give you a few insights into their culture and lives. Also, when you use the public transportation, you will become a part of their everyday lives.
Have a Local Meal
When you are travelling to a new place, don’t go to an international chain of restaurants to have a meal. Instead, opt for a local eatery. Maybe, you can take a meal at shack on the beach or a small cafe on the hilltop. This way, you will be able to taste local delicacies. You can even enquire about the recipes so that you can recreate them once you are back home.
On Board the Ship:
- Keep your doors locked at all times when you are in the room
- If your room has a safe, use it for your valuables
- Know who your room steward is, so you can recognize that person
- Take a walk around the ship so you get comfortable with finding your way around
- Do not drink so much that you get drunk
- If you see something suspicious contact the ship’s security
- Remember that the internet on board the ship is open, this is a public place
It might be better to sign up for shore excursions that are organized by the ship. Yes, they are more expensive than tours you can get with on shore operators but they offer the convenience of signing up in advance and even paying in advance. And the most important thing to remember if you are on a tour organized by the ship and that tour is late getting back, the ship will wait for you. This is not the case with on shore organized tours. If they are late the ship’s captain could depart before you get back to the ship.
If you decide to go into town on your own, then make yourself aware of the local means of transportation. Bring the correct identification with you. Bring a copy of your passport, leave the original in your cabin safe. The most important thing is being aware of your surroundings and where you are. If your gut tells you not to go down that street, listen and find another way.
Taking a cruise is a very easy, and for the most part inexpensive way to see many other countries and experience other cultures. Cruise ship operators take security very serious. There are a lot of things going on out of sight that directly relates to passenger safety.
Just like on land at home your personal security always starts with you.