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. Know your destination.
Before anything, know the place or places you’re going. The more you know about its culture, laws, etiquette and so on, the safer you’ll be.
2. Be like a local.
After doing your research, you can visit a new place as if you were one of the locals. You’ll become more vulnerable to con artists if you go around with your huge backpack, cameras and unsure look on your face.
3. Hide your wealth.
Keep your cash or pricey gear out of sight when you’re in public places so you don’t attract pickpockets and scammers. Have a pretend wallet with some cash in it so if you are mugged, you can give it away.
4. Be safe in transport.
Avoid air travel booboos by regularly checking whether your flight has been canceled or moved. Go only with trusted bus companies. If using a local taxi, set the fare before departing in case the vehicle doesn’t have a meter, and don’t forget to carry a map.
5. Keep your stuff safe.
Avoid having too much luggage and invest in a high-quality lock to secure your stuff. Don’t use bags that invite attention.
6. Purchase travel insurance.
Keep in mind that insurance will not just cover you for unexpected injuries and hospital trips, but also for theft or loss of personal stuff.
7. Be ready with emergency info at all times.
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 intend to use your debit and credit cards during a trip abroad, tell your bank ahead of time to keep your card from being flagged for unexpected overseas 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. Watch 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 critical local communications.
Finally, know how to say in local terms basic emergency phrases such as “Where is the nearest police station?” or “I’m feeling bad.”