Travel Safety & Health
Traveling is usually safe, but it’s always important to be alert and aware of your surroundings. You want to be able to have a great time on your trip and enjoy every minute while avoiding any pitfalls. Here are few travel safety tips to take on your next trip.
Preparation Is The Key To Safe Travel.
That means doing a quick Google the place where you will be going and type scam. You will see there are some common travel scams. For example, in India, one of the most common scams, taxi drivers approach you and will tell you that the prepaid booth is closed or that there isn’t one there. Don’t let them pressure you. Take your time to look around and ask the right people where the prepaid taxi booth is. Or many times you’ll go to enter a tourist attraction and locals will tell you that it’s closed before you have a chance to see for yourself. Don’t fall for this common travel scam in South East Asia.
Be Respectful Of Local Customs
Too often, I’ve witnessed too many people forcing their own standards on people, insisting that they should act like people do in your country. Try to be open minded and by being respectful about their local custom you can avoid aggressive or angry response.
Separate Your Sources of Cash;
Never All in One Bag or One Place
For example, if all your sources of money are in your wallet and it gets stolen, that’s a situation you don’t want to be in and shits do happen. You should always have some emergency cash hidden on your body. To avoid losing everything, split up your money into two or three locations. I recommend having some small bills in your pockets and the rest in a couple of other concealed places on your body.
Have Copies of All Your Important Documents
It can never hurt to have some copies with you, in case something gets lost. Use a smartphone to take few pictures of all your important documents like passport, flight information, ID card, etc.
Try to Look Like a Less Touristy
The more you look like a tourist, the most likely you are a target for robbery. You can stand out and not as an obvious visitor, by dressing appropriately and be respectful of local cultures and customs. If you wear flashy items like fancy well-known watches or clothing, it basically screams “Look at me, I’m not from here!.” Trust me. Blending in really is the best way to get the most out of your travel experience!
Always Be Aware of Your Things On Your Person or Left behind you
When I started traveling, I developed a habit of checking my pockets to double check that phone, keys, money, passport are there. It takes some time getting used to, but once it becomes a reflex to check, you minimize the risk of leaving or losing things behind carelessly. By being observant of your surrounding, it helps eliminating risks and recognize suspicious behavior. Always be a skeptic!
Get Travel Insurance
When you plan to be abroad for a while I highly recommend getting a travel insurance to ensure emergency medical and evacuation assistance and 24/7 support when you need it most. I recommend World Nomads, or looking into if your credit card or current insurance offers good options while traveling.
Take an Uber Instead Of Taxis
Not every country has Uber but if they do, it might be safer than taking a taxi. In Central America, literally everyone warned me not to take taxis at night. Try Uber or similar app like Grab.
Act Like You’ve Been Here
Locals always know where they’re going, right? But we don’t. We get lost or wandering around aimlessly and this can make us an easy target in crowded areas. Instead, act like you know where you’re going, even when you don’t. Ask a local who seems safe to talk with in the local language if possible to get directions.
Pack A First Aid Kit
- Small tube of sunscreen
- Re-hydration salts
- Anti-histamine tablets
- Small pair of scissors
- Extra pain pills (Ibuprofen)
- Emergency space blanket
- Small tube of petroleum
- Jelly (helps prevent blisters)
Here are few more things to know and consider to keep yourself safe: (self explanatory)
Don’t show your valuables around
Email Your Itinerary To Friends/Family
Most importantly, be safe! But don’t be scared.
The precautions I mention in this post are second nature to me now (most of the time), and that’s why I’ve had such a good streak of not getting robbed or put myself in a dangerous situation (though that one time I almost died). Travel smart! No matter where you are – whether you’re in America, Asia or Ireland, with precautions, that’s how you stay safely while being adventurous and exploring unknown places!