Looking After Yourself When Travelling

Travelling

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Traveling, no matter how far or where you go, is one of the best things to do for self-discovery, it’s one of the most fun things to do and will provide you with some experiences you will never forget. However, you need to take care of yourself while traveling, and just by practicing a little bit of caution can keep you from learning a lot of undesired lessons while your traveling.

Get Insurance

Travel insurance is essential in making your travels safe and secure.

Be Careful What You Take

Do not flash your valuables in public. Forget those heavy diamond rings and gold necklaces and get some cheap jewelry for the trip! That expensive DSLR camera around your neck might also make you a target, so make sure you keep it safe in the backpack and only bring it out when you find something capture worthy.

Vaccinations

Check if you need any vaccinations before you travel and speak to your doctor to get some advice.

Blend In

Try not to stand out in how you dress and avoid wearing things that scream ‘Tourists.’ Dress modestly and try mixing in with the locals.

Learn the basics

Learn a few useful words and phrases of the local language. It is not only valuable for being wary of your surroundings, but a few local words might even throw off some shady onlookers.

Be Friendly

Make friends with the local people. Not only is it an essential part of experiencing a new culture, but your local contacts and their suggestions can help you steer clear off dangers and give you the best recommendations on places to go.

Travel light on public transport

Gather your essentials in one backpack as it can get hard to keep track of all your belongings on overcrowded transport.

Keep your passport safe

Tape your passport and cards on to your torso if you feel the need, there couldn’t be any safer place for them!

Be in the know

Find out all you can about the safe places and unsafe nooks and corners of the area you’re traveling in because as the age old saying goes, prevention is always better than cure! Talk to the staff on the reception of your hotels/hostels, download all the local info and recommended places to visit and you’ll be well on your way!

Beware of Scams

Don’t fall into any tourist-traps and beware of the various types of scams all around the world targeted explicitly at tourists. Make sure you are aware of them so you can fend them off.

Keep an eye on your stuff!

Expensive anti-theft travel equipment is not always a possibility for people who are traveling on a budget. Just make sure you keep your eyes peeled and never get distracted, especially when in transit.

Stay in a group

Enjoy yourself and if you want to party, then party but make sure you stay with a group to keep 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 own 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 important numbers on your person, always!

Personal safety apps are a must

There are some great ‘Follow me’ apps, SOS alerts and safety countdowns which you should utilize while you’re away.

Gather your info on ground transport

The local people are the best to learn from about the best and safest mode of ground transports for travelers. If you’re hiring a car, take more care as you won’t be familiar with the roads, and The Derrick Law Firm points out that while the tourism and population increases, road systems may not have grown to accommodate the massive influx of drivers on the road making them a recipe for serious car accidents.

Stay Healthy

Being healthy is another way you can stay safe abroad. Eat well, drink clean bottled water and maintain personal hygiene to keep sickness at bay as you go.

Stay in touch

Chat to someone back at home daily, sharing your whereabouts and your updated travel plans with a loved one back at home.

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.

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