This is What You Should Never Do While Traveling Abroad
Being a tourist is, on the whole, safe—providing you take common-sense precautions about where you go and how you conduct yourself. Some parts of any city are more dangerous than others, just as some cities and countries are more dangerous than others.[slideshow:103451]
Read up before you go on what you are likely to find when you get to wherever it is you are going, so you don’t arrive unprepared. Once at your destination, blend in as best you can. Stand in the middle of the street in Mogadishu wearing a Hawaiian shirt and brandishing $100 bills and you are asking for trouble.
One travel tested rule of thumb is that if any situation starts to feel uncomfortable, just apologize and walk away sooner rather than later.
It’s not always enough to know what to do and where to go when you visit an unknown place. Some mistakes travelers make lead to wasted money, trouble, lost time, embarrassment, and missed chances to have fun and make the most of your trip.