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Slovenia is often referred to as one of the safest places to travel in Eastern Europe. Sharing its borders with Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy, the Alps dominate the border with Austria, and the small coastline with the Adriatic Sea, making this an incredibly scenic place to explore.
But, here are a few general tips to make sure you stay safe while discovering what Slovenia has to offer.
Violent crime is very low, and is decreasing in the country if anything. Visitors have nothing to worry about when it comes to assault or harassment, so women traveling alone should feel particularly safe here.
Robberies do occur, but most of it is opportunistic burglaries, pick-pocketing and purse-snatching.
Like anywhere else, it pays to have your wits about you when walking in crowded, tourist areas or taking public transport and carrying large backpacks or expensive cameras. Not that you need to be concerned with your belongings in Slovenia, it's just common sense to keep your belongings on you at all times.
Pay extra attention to your surroundings when you are in crowded areas, such as popular tourist destinations. Avoid putting your phone or wallet in the back pocket, which is a really easy place for thieves to grab your posessions.
Vehicle break-ins and theft are an issue, but this is mostly due to people leaving belongings in the back seat of cars in plain sight.
If you can't secure your rental car in a hotel or secure parking garage, park in a well-lit area with plenty of pedestrian traffic.
Use anti-theft devices whenever possible and don't leave valuables in sight.
In general, most taxis are clean and safe, and the local drivers honest and reliable.
However, there have been reports that taxi drivers operating at the airport or main railway stations in Ljubljana are overcharging tourists. Always ask about the rate before getting in, and insist the driver use the meter.
Slovenia has a well developed road network throughout the country, clearly marked with signs. Renting a vehicle to self-drive the country is a safe thing to do in this Eastern European destination.
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Driving in Slovenia is a breeze. The roads are generally good, well marked, and traffic outside the cities is light. But regulations on drivers are strict and you can be stung with a hefty fine if you don't follow them.