In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Ireland
Ireland is generally a safe country and millions of tourist visit the country each year without any inconvenience whatsoever. However, it’s always wise to be precautious and follow some basic tips to make your stay as comfortable and safe as possible.
Like in all large towns and cities, pickpocketing and bag-snatching is common in popular tourist areas. Use a security wallet and keep your bags close to you to prevent petty thieves from stealing your passport, money and other documentation. If you are carrying a bag with a strap, wear the strap across your body. Lock your apartment or hotel room, as well as rental cars and don’t leave anything valuable in them.
Avoid dark and lonely streets at night or early in the morning, even if that means more walking or taking a cab. Petty crime has been known to escalate to violence in some parts of Ireland, especially Dublin. Request police assistance if someone threatens you in a bar and if you are faced with a robbery, the best thing you can do is comply with demands. Try to avoid confrontation, stay calm and offer no resistance as resistance to robberies can easily lead to violent behavior.
Finally, if you find yourself in any kind of emergency, don’t hesitate to call the authorities. The Gardai or the PSNI can be reached by dialing 112 or 999.