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How to Party Safely When Traveling

Experiencing a city’s nightlife can be a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and get to know locals. But before you go out on the town in an unfamiliar destination, it’s important that you know how to keep yourself safe. So here are some tips we’ve put together to help you stay safe while partying in a new city.

Only take what you need.

As tempting as it can be to just grab your credit cards, try sticking with cash. If you have to, bring only one card with you to use in case of an emergency. NEVER bring all your credit cards or IDs with you. If your wallet or purse gets stolen, you’ll be happy to have backup cards to access your money or prove your identity.

Write down the address of where you are staying and keep it somewhere safe, like in your shoe or an inside pocket that you’re unlikely to access during the night. It’s also a good idea to have the phone numbers for a reputable cab company and the local emergency services.

Try to keep a low profile.

Try to blend in with the crowd around you and to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Although it’s tempting to go all out - you’re in a new place and feeling on top of the world, after all - doing so can make you a walking target.

Re-learn your limit.

Alcohol will have a stronger effect on your body when you’re tired or jetlagged from traveling. Be sure to slow down, keep count of how many drinks you’ve had, and consider being relatively conservative with your alcohol consumption - at least compared to what you’re used to with friends back home. You’re in a new city and will need more wherewithal to get around safely.

Find a local to show you around.

Going out with locals is a perfect way to find hidden gems and stay safe when partying in a new city. Tripping is an amazing resource for finding party buddies, so try messaging some local Trippers before checking out the nightlife of a city. At the very least, you’ll probably get some good advice on areas to avoid and great local spots to check out.

Be conscious of your surroundings and pay attention to warning signs.

Always be conscious of your surroundings. Take note of street signs, business names and the route to your destination.

If you’re out somewhere at night and get the feeling that something isn’t right, follow your instincts and take the necessary precautions. This might mean changing plans, getting a cab instead of using public transportation or even cutting the night short. Regardless of the details, always remember to put safety before you or your friends’ desire to have fun.

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