This article was published on November 19th, 2017
Travelling can provide the education of life you can only get while interacting with other cultures in different countries. Many American’s aren’t comfortable with travelling overseas because of an irrational fear of other cultures, democratic rights, and safety; however, in most cases, this simply isn’t true. There are plenty of opportunities to travel to safe jurisdictions to explore the world. Using common sense and following expert travel safety tips can help let you enjoy your vacation while seeing and experiencing the world. Travel safely anywhere you go with these 10 travel safety tips:
- Know before you go. Educate yourself about where you are venturing to. Know the climate of where you are heading and the political climate, as well. Don’t go to unsafe areas without proper safety precautions.
- Make sure your friends/family know your itinerary and that you check in regularly with them, to guarantee someone at least know where you are.
- Choose a hotel or accommodation with a front door that is locked at night and has secure key-only access elevators. A front desk clerk on duty is even better.
- Don’t display your wallet, credit cards, or cash in public. Carry your phone and wallet in your front pocket where they are kept safest from pick-pockets.
- Stay alert. When walking around by yourself in strange places, don’t wear headphones. Or if you do, keep the volume to a low so that you can still hear everything going on around you.
- Don’t venture to places you were warned to avoid by friends or locals. They probably know what they are talking about.
- Be sure to leave valuables in the safe in your hotel room or at least hidden away in a secure spot.
- Key a listing of emergency numbers on you. This \should include your hotel address and phone number to avoid even something as silly (but quite common) as getting lost.
- Pack aspirin, band-aids, contact lens solution and essential medications you need to avoid having to get the international version of your required drugs.
- Pack light. The more bags you have, the easier it is to lose things or get something stolen. Try consolidating what you pack. You’ll also be glad you have less to lug around.
Traveling shouldn’t cause stress. Just be prepared to the point that you don’t have to worry about things but not so much that you cannot let loose and enjoy your holiday. Take these travel safety tips with you wherever you go to ensure you have a fabulous time on your next vacation. Safe travels and bon voyage!