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Safety Tips For Traveling Abroad

posted 3 Dec 2010, 13:32 by Mpelembe   [ updated 18 Aug 2013, 15:21 ]

Are you going to travel abroad? Then you must know that a
good travel experience revolves around safety and
precaution. Do not leave home without carrying these safety
tips with you. This way, you can assure of a fun and at the
same time, safe journey to your destination.

Do not act like a tourist

Tourists always stand out in the crowd simply because they
do not belong. Before you head to your destination, find out
what the locals wear and how they act so you can blend
accordingly. Avoid taking out your map and holding it in
broad daylight. It is not a good idea to stare in awe at the
attractions or look as if you are lost and confused.
Moreover, keep your camera inside your messenger's bag
instead of hanging it around your neck. Be discreet so you
do not attract criminals who are always on the lookout for
unsuspecting tourists.

Study and plan your trip properly

Read up about the country or city of your destination. Do
not only learn about the popular tourist attractions but
also be in the know when it comes to customs, traditions,
tourist traps, warnings, off-the-beaten-path spots, and
language. Learning important phrases of the native language
can come in handy during emergencies. Extensive knowledge
about the place contributes to your safety.

Avoid shady hotels

Go for reputable hotels that are located closely to tourist
attractions. This is important not only for your convenience
but also to ensure that the hotel is located in a safe
neighborhood or vicinity. See to it that before booking with
a hotel, you read plenty of online reviews about it so you
know what you are getting yourself into.

Buy travel insurance

Travel insurance can protect you from a wide array of
unfortunate scenarios including medical emergencies,
accidents, lost baggage, and delayed trips or cancelled
flights. There are many types of travel insurance coverage
such as general travel insurance, visitors health insurance,
travel insurance for senior citizens, and family holiday
travel insurance, among many others. See to it that you
purchase a policy that is appropriate for the kind of trip
that you will be having. For example, if you are not
planning on staying long in your destination, a short-term
health insurance makes sense.

Get vaccinated

This is particularly important for people traveling to
remote or far-flung destinations. Vaccinations are crucial
to protect you from certain kinds of illnesses that you may
catch during your trip. A trip to the doctor before your
vacation should be in order.

Secure your belongings

Always secure your belongings, especially your valuables
during your vacation. Keep your travel documents like
passport and visa with you wherever you go. It would be best
not to bring any jewelry during the trip. As for cash, it
would be a smart idea to rely on traveler's check instead of
cash and credit cards.

Keep it safe while you are on vacation with these simple
tips to keep in mind.