Travel Safety Tips for Visitors to Bourgas
- At the airport, watch for your suitcase as it appears on the carousel. Don’t hang back and wait for the crowds to disperse – you might find that someone else has already taken your bag in the meantime.
- Avoid changing money at airports, as thieves could be watching you.
- Consult with your hotel manager or tourist information centre about the public transport in your area. Make sure you know what official taxi cabs look like. A thief may pose as a taxi driver to lure you into their car.
- Don’t share taxis with strangers.
- Carjacking is a problem in some cities. When driving, keep all doors locked and windows up. Make sure your boot is locked too.
- If possible, choose accommodation that has unmarked ‘swipe cards’ rather than numbered keys for each room. If you lose your swipe card or if it is stolen, the thief won’t know which room to rob.
- Take note of emergency exits, stairwells, fire escapes and emergency plans, just in case.
- Always lock your hotel door when retiring for the night. If there is a chain included, use it.
- When arranging to meet people you’ve never met before (such as business associates), wait for them in the lobby. Don’t ask them to come up to your room.
Unwary tourists in Bourgas can make easy targets for thieves because they stand out in a crowd, are unused to their surroundings, and are generally carrying money, credit cards and valuables like cameras. You can reduce your risk of being mugged or robbed by taking a few simple precautions. It is a good idea to research the safety of your intended destination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This government department keeps an updated bulletin on travel destinations, covering factors such as political unrest or criminal activities that target tourists. You could also consult with your travel agent, or talk to friends who have already visited your intended destination.
- Keep your travel plans, including accommodation details, to yourself.
- Don’t hitch hike.
- Try not to travel at night.
- Avoid ‘seedier’ areas of the cities you visit, especially at night.
- Ask your hotel manager for advice on ‘safe’ versus ‘unsafe’ local areas.
- As a general rule, city streets that include children and women suggest the area is safe for families.
- Know the contact details of your nearest Embassy, such as the British embassy.
- Keep a photocopy of your passport and all other important documents in a safe place.
- Use ATMs during the day, when there are people around.
- Try to rely more on credit cards and travellers cheques than cash.
- If you are mugged, don’t fight back. It is better to lose a few dollars/pounds/euros and a wristwatch than get injured.
- Avoid incidents such as fights, riots or civil disturbances at all times.