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Old 27th July 2014, 02:01 PM
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I love to travel and have been to more than 80 different countries world wide and have been visiting the Philippines several times each year for quite some time now and I thrive on visiting the "real" Philippines...getting off the beaten path and getting out of the typical touristy areas. I have never been robbed or even hassled at all...ever...and as mentioned before...is it being lucky or vigilant...or a little of both.

I probably should not do it but I travel alone many times and still do not have any issues with safety but then maybe it is the confidence I project when I am out. If you act like you belong there and you are not fearful of your surroundings, this attitude is projected to those around you and they wont bother you if you don't look like an easy mark.

The Philippines is as safe as any where else in the world. I would rather find myself in some remote part of Manila in the middle of the night than in Miami or Chicago or New York!

Just be aware of your surroundings and don't go into areas where you know you shouldn't be alone, like a very dark alley all alone in the early morning hours outside of drinking establishments in a shady part of town...you are likely to get into trouble is a situation like that.

The safety minded things you should do in the Philippines are the exact same things you would do anywhere:

*travel with a friend or companion if at all possible, (strength in numbers).
*avoid the "seedy" parts of town, (drug areas and prostitution hangouts).
*avoid extremely late night or dark morning hours when you would be more vulnerable
*be aware of your surroundings, (vigilance is everything).
*use common sense in flashing cash or expensive personal items, (intelligence can go a long way).
*always be confident...

And last of all, be prepared to do the unexpected. I was in a small town in Costa Rica a few years back and nothing happened to me but I was sure I was about to be robbed by a small gang of thugs. I was just coming up on a local bar and I turned around and asked the guys if this was a good bar or not...it caught them off guard that I spoke to them and before they could respond, I invited them inside to have a beer...my treat. After the beers arrived and one of the guys went to the restroom to relieve himself and the other two were watching some intoxicated girl on the dance floor, I slipped out the front door and down the street and back to my hotel...unharmed and wiser for the experience.

In this situation, I failed my own advice...I was alone, after dark, in a not so great part of town, close to drinking establishments...


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