Weather you are traveling solo or with friends or family and weather it is a business rip or actually your vacation, it is important to stay safe during your travels, especially if you are going to a place where the culture drastically differs from that in your homeland. So to make sure that you come back from your trip in one piece and with all your belongings, make sure you read these travel safety tips and use them.
1. Research, research, research
Make sure that before you go anywhere, do your research of the places you will be visiting and staying at. That means to not only find the safest accommodation with the most good reviews (this especially apply t those who like to couch-surf or use Airbnb), but also make sure you know the general areas in the city or area you will be in that maybe aren’t that safe to a tourist. This will not only help you with staying safe, but it can also make sure that you know your area a bit better once you actually get there and that you can have better time with your travels, because there will be less of a chance that something bag happens that can dampen your mood.
2. Tell about your itinerary someone back home
Even if you don’t really yet have a set itinerary, at least give the approximate places and dates when you will be there to someone close to you who stays back home, be it your family member or a close friend. Also try to give the addresses and numbers to the hotels or other accommodations where you will be staying to that person, so in case something goes wrong for you or back home, you can contact each other about what’s happening.
3. Travel insurance is worth it
I can’t stress this enough but even the most basic travel insurance is very important to have for anybody who is going somewhere abroad. You don’t have to go and get an expensive insurance plan, just go fore one of the insurance plans that cost reasonably and that will cover you in case of emergencies including medical, dental emergencies. But if you want to be extra safe you can get an insurance that will also cover lost baggage and trip cancellations, which will great as these things aren’t as uncommon especially traveling for a longer time.
4. Keep some cash but not all in one place
Especially if you are going to a more exotic county I would suggest for you to keep that countries currency on hand, since not everywhere there are ATMs and you cannot pay for everything with a credit card. That being said, don’t keep all of the hard cash on you or in one place. Many travelers have experienced stolen wallets, which means that wherever you are, your cash can be stolen from you. And if that ever happens, then you will be damn glad that you kept a part of that cash in other place and not all o it in your wallet.
5. Know all the important numbers
And lastly make sure you have a hard copy of all the essential numbers you need to have. I am talking about the numbers of your countries embassy that is closest to you as well as the number of the hotel or other accommodations you are staying and some local emergency numbers, because in this case even if your phone or laptop where you are keeping these numbers are stolen, you still have them at arms reach, ready to use.