Discovering new places and spreading your horizons is the essence of traveling. What if your worries prevent you from relaxing and having fun with your adventures? What if your apprehensions stop you from chilling and enjoying your new experiences? What if your doubts keep you from breathing easy and having fun? No journey is worry-free, and as the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, particularly if you plan to explore during your trip.
These practical safety tips can save you from glitches and help you focus on having a blast: These tips that can help keep glitches at bay and concentrate on having a fantastic time: The following tips will help you avoid glitches and focus on having a great time:
1. Research facts about your destination.
First and foremost, know the background of your destination. When you know about its culture, its people, their culture and so on, it will be easier to keep safe.
2. Blend in with everyone.
After doing your research, you can visit a new place as if you were one of the locals. You’ll be helpless against con artists if you catch their attention with your humongous backpack, cameras and an uncertain look on your face.
3. Stay low key.
Avoid showing cash or expensive gear when you’re in public as this can attract scammers and pickpockets. Bring a sham wallet with a small amount of cash so you can give it when you are mugged.
4. Be safe in transport.
Avoid air travel booboos by regularly checking whether your flight has been canceled or moved. Choose only reputable bus companies. If you’re hiring a local taxi, agree on the fare first before getting on with the trip (in case the vehicle doesn’t have a meter), and remember to carry a map with you.
5. Keep your stuff safe.
Don’t bring too much stuff with you and don’t hesitate to invest in a superior quality lock for your luggage. Avoid bags that look too inviting.
6. Invest in travel insurance.
Remember, insurance will cover not only unexpected injuries and trips to the hospital, but also theft or loss of personal belongings.
7. Have emergency information ready.
This should include contact numbers for local police, ambulance, fire department, etc. and for your country’s embassy (if there is one in the destination you’ve chosen).
8. Handle your money well.
If you want to use your credit/debit cards on your overseas trip, make sure your bank knows this so they don’t blocked your account for suspicious international activity. Research where you can exchange your cash into the local currency. Be sure to always have some cash with you wherever you go.
9. Plan for your health.
Make sure you have OTC essentials – motion sickness pills, hyperacidity pills, analgesics, etc. – in constant supply. See your doctor and get any necessary vaccines before traveling. All prescriptions should be filled, and allow for extras (you’ll never know).
10. Know crucial local words.
Finally, know and practice all the basic local terms that come useful for emergencies, like “Where is the closest hospital?” or “I have to talk to the police.”