Travelling is one of the best things you can do for self-discovery, it’s one of the most fun things to do and will provide you with memories that you will never forget. However, you need to be safe while travelling, and just by practising a little bit of caution can be the key to having the best time.
Top Tips For Staying Safe On Your Travels
Travel insurance is essential when you’re away in case anything happens to you. Although we like to think that nothing bad will ever happen to us, it is important to bear in mind that it is impossible to control everything, and we never know when something will happen.
In this case, it is always good to know you are somehow covered, that’s why travel insurance is so important. It will definitely make you feel safer and more secure.
Besides protecting you from any expenses abroad related to health, it also covers your belongings, so in case your luggage has been delayed by the air company, or in case your bag be stolen, you can contact your travel insurance company.
Be Careful What You Take
Don’t flash your valuables in public. Forget your expensive jewellery, leave that at home. The beautiful camera around your neck might also make you a target, so make sure you keep it safe and only bring it out when you need to take a photo.
The less attention you call the better. Of course, there are countries that are safer than others, but even in places like London, you will see cases of pickpockets, and tourists are always easy targets.
It is important to check prior to your travel if the country you are visiting requires any vaccination. In some countries, it is necessary to show the vaccination certificate during the Immigration process. Others are not mandatory, however, they are a form of prevention.
Check what kind of diseases are common in the area you are visiting and what you can do to prevent them.
Learn the basics
It is a good idea to learn some common phrases and words in the local language, words like yes, no, water, toilet; are never useless. It is also important to learn how to ask basic questions in case you need. Nowadays English is almost a worldly language, however, there are some countries where only a few people speak and understand it, that’s why it is important to make some research to see how easy it is to communicate in English in the country you are visiting.
Places like South America and Asia are hard to find English speakers, so it is interesting to learn some simple sentences in the local languages.
Keep Your Passport Safe
Keep your passport, money and cards always with you in a money belt around your waist; this will be the safest place for them.
But also make sure to bring copies of your documents to leave it in your luggage back in the hotel, in case something happen, remember that the original must be always with you.
About the money and the card, you will use the most during your day, you can put in your wallet, but keep the rest in the money belt. I normally calculate around $60 to $80 local currency per day, so I leave this amount on my wallet, and the rest I keep safe inside my money belt.
Beware Alert To Scams
Again, bear in mind that there is no 100% secure country in the world. Of course, some are more dangerous than others, but you must always pay attention to your surroundings and watch your belonging.
Perhaps one country may feel safe, and not violent, but there are always people playing smart around. So before leaving to your trip, check online what kind of scams is practised in the place you are going.
Stay in a group
I’m not against solo travels, on the contrary! However if you are going by yourself and you want to enjoy a night out, or go to a party, avoid going alone. Make sure you bring a friend with you, or if possible, stay in a group, as the chances of something bad happening is smaller, and if you need help, you will have someone at your side.
Not being alone is a good way to keep yourself safe.
Keep your drinks safe
It’s easy to relax while you’re away and forget the basics, but never accept drinks from strangers in a nightclub, this is a big no-no in the travel safety rule book. Order your drink and watch it being made before you and avoid anything being slipped into it.
Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
Keep your embassy numbers and any other significant numbers, like family member’s contact or friend’s contact, always! You never know when you will need it.
Personal safety apps are a must
There are some excellent ‘Follow me’ apps, SOS alerts, and safety countdowns which you should utilize while you’re away.
When possible, always share your location with your friends and family, even if they are miles away. Besides being able to track your phone, if something happens, hopefully, nothing will happen though, it is good if they can trace you at any moment.
So share your location via apps, and always tell others where you are going and what you are doing next. This way you will feel safer and will let your friends and family back home feeling secure as well.
Secure Your Tech
Make sure that you have your phone and any other devices secure; they contain so much information about you that it’s important that no one gets their hands on them while you’re away. However, it is a good idea to turn off two-factor authentication for Apple ID – Setapp so that you don’t risk getting locked out of your phone as this can be equally as painful as losing it.
Being healthy is a good way you can stay safe abroad. Besides your vaccinations, make sure you are bringing all the medicines you need, if you have pills you take every day, or just preventive ones like medicine for headaches or nausea.
Also, make sure to drink a lot of water during your travels as you dehydrate faster-doing exercises, sometimes we don’t even notice the dehydration, and bear in mind that not all countries offer treated tap water.
Sometimes as an attempt to save money, we stop eating healthy food or enough food for the proper functioning of our body, and this is a huge no-no, perhaps you feel ok now, but in few days you will start feeling tired, so do stop to eat a decent meal.
Stay In Touch
Chat to someone back at home daily, sharing your location and your updated travel plans with a loved one back at home. It will make then feel better receiving news from you and will make you feel safer as well.
Trust Your Instincts.
When you’re out there by yourself or even with a group, it is better to pay heed to that feeling in the back of your mind about a person or a place, rather than ignoring it altogether. If you feel something weird, just trust your instincts, they hardly disappoint.