Reading the street

Grant Rayner
Jun 17, 2020 · 14 min read

How to read the street to recognise indicators of potential danger while travelling in higher-risk areas.

A quiet morning in the back streets of Old Damascus. February 2020. Photo by Grant Rayner

You’re in a higher-risk environment.

You’ve read your government’s travel advice, and you’ve spoken to colleagues who have been there before. You know that there are real threats out there, but you’re not sure what to do with that information. It’s not particularly actionable.