Traveling is all about discovering new places and expanding your knowledge about the people and their culture. It delivers to you some remarkable and memorable experiences which give you happiness and moments to cherish for a lifetime. But sometimes one can also go through some very bad experiences while traveling. These incidents can induce stress or even ruin our whole journey.
Don’t let these incidents deter you from enjoying your holidays and prepare in advance. Here are some safe traveling tips that you should always keep in mind.
Research about the place before you plan a trip
All seasoned travelers will advise you to collect as much information as you can about the place before planning a tour. The more you know about the place, the easier it is for you to explore the destination without getting confused. It is better to gather at least some basic knowledge about the place- like culture, political condition, the safest location, place where you stay and things to be avoided. It helps you a lot during the journey and saves you from unpleasant surprises during your tour.
Get mixed with your surroundings
After completing the research, you would learn a lot about the place. You only need to blend with the locals there. You need to talk confidently and dress up as the local people do. It will help the locals to adjust with you and help in keeping you away from the thieves and crooks.
Don’t show off your money
It’s necessary to carry some hard cash with you while going on a tour but there is no need to flash it. Many people are in the habit show off their money, which is often the biggest mistake of their lives. Showing off your cash or expensive items will only attract scammers and pickpockets. So, it’s better to hide your costly objects in safe spaces. Carry a second wallet or find out innovative ways to hide money so you can have at least some cash just in case you end up in a bad situation.
Take care of your luggage
It’s better the avoid carrying too many bags with you. Choose wisely what you need the most during your trip. Avoid carrying unwanted and valuable items with you. I would suggest you buy a wallet with RFID protection if you are fond of traveling too much.
Choose easy and safe means of transport
Keep on tracking your flight and remain updated about the schedule, especially when it is rescheduled or canceled. If you are traveling by bus, choose the registered and reliable bus services only. Government buses will usually be good enough for a traveler. It is usually better to choose a means of transport that is used by the locals or is preferred by most tourists coming to that destination. Settle the fare of the cab before traveling to avoid issues later.
Save emergency contacts
Save the contacts of the local emergency services like police, fire department and ambulance in case of any danger. It is also recommended to register with your country’s embassy. Also write down the phone numbers of your family, friends, and office on a piece of paper and carry it along,
Take travel insurance
Travel insurance is a very good option to cover for damages during your journey. The insurance companies usually take care of your expenses in case you get injured. You will also be compensated for the loss of luggage or any items that could be stolen.
Look after your health
Before going on the trip, get a proper medical check-up done. Also, remain in contact with your doctor and take the extra doses of the prescribed medicines along, just in case you need them. If you have a health condition like diabetes and need to carry a glucose meter and insulin pen with you at all times, you could explore small bags and cases specially designed for medical supplies. You could get an insulated sling bag that helps to keep medicines at a maintained temperature and can be easy to bring on hiking, camping, or other physically demanding activities. Other than prescription, do not forget to carry motion sickness pills, probiotics, painkillers, and bug repellants during your journey.
Handle your money better
We advise you to inform your bank about your trips so that your debit or credit cards do not get blocked for being used in new locations. Carry some hard cash with you for emergency purpose.
Learn how to communicate
You need to learn some basic sentences in local language like “I need help,” “Where is the nearest hospital/police station/embassy?”, it will help in case you stuck in an emergency.
Traveling isn’t necessarily a trip to heaven as bad things can happen nearly everywhere in the world. But if you are cautious, you can always stay safe and enjoy a good experience.