Travel Tip #27 – Phone A Friend
If you ever find yourself in a sketchy situation, perhaps with a not so trustworthy cab driver, riding solo on a train, walking alone at night, use your phone to make a fake phone call. Even if you are in another country and your phone doesn’t work, use it to pretend to call someone. Anyone around you will think that the call is real. If you make it sound like someone is waiting for you, any suspicious individual around you might look for someone else to bother.
Personally, I’ve used this in a cab when I was alone and felt like something was off. I used my phone and said, “Hey I’ll be there in 10 minutes. If I’m not something is wrong.” The driver immediately went back onto a main road and I arrived at my destination safely.