Planning your travel adventure is both exciting and nerve wracking, it’s like an endless swarm of butterflies fluttering around in your stomach. There’s so much to think about, from your destination, how you’re going to get there, where you’re going to stay, what you’ll do when you get there, your financial situation – but have you stopped to take a moment about how you’ll stay safe?
I’m not trying to be a killjoy, but travelling isn’t all Instagram shots, drinks on the beach and watching the sunset. If you want to have a positive travelling experience then you need to think about your safety. If you haven’t considered how to stay safe whilst you’re travelling, then don’t worry – with a little research, planning and common sense – you can have a wholly positive travelling experience!
Read on for more information.
Your travel insurance
You might be wondering – why buy travel protection? – Well, the answer is simple really, if something bad happens then you’ll be covered. While your travel insurance will help you if your luggage is lost or damaged and cover you for flight cancellations and airline problems. Medical Travel Insurance will help if you fall ill whilst you’re travelling, if you have an accident, need access to medical care or emergency evacuations, so it’s always a good idea to ensure you have both and take your documents with you as proof.
Don’t give away too much
You might have met a nice couple in a bar, and they ask you how long you’re here for, where you’re from and where you’re staying. All this – including information about your accommodation is private information about you. You don’t have to be secretive or standoffish, (not everyone is out to get you) but no sharing personal information is perfectly acceptable.
You might have been at your destination for a couple of days, and you’re getting used to the hustle and bustle and how things work. But try not to let your guard down too much, you can still relax and be vigilant at the same time. Little things like, facing the door in a restaurant, not leaving your drink unattended or leaving your wallet on the bar are all common sense practices you can apply whilst you’re enjoying yourself.
Stay in public
Don’t be tempted to follow someone down a side street under the pretence of cheap venue tickets or city tours. If someone stops you and asks for your assistance down a quiet street then don’t go alone. Many of these seem like common sense, but in a foreign country, getting hoodwinked is easier than you think. Never be coaxed out of a public place. Even if you’ve been chatting with someone all night at a bar, they are still strangers.
Immersing yourself into a new culture is exhilarating and exhausting at the same time, so make you’re getting plenty of rest. You’ll be able to keep your wits about you, make better decisions and enjoy yourself more!