Top 10 Important Tips to Travel Safely
No matter how avid a reader you are, no book can replace the experience which a traveler gets. And most of us enjoy traveling. But traveling is no cakewalk. Apart from hassles in procuring crucial documents, personal safety is another issue that is often at stake in a journey. A lot of advises are thrown upon us like avoid travelling at night or don’t over interact with strangers. Though all these seem to be redundant advises, they make a lot of sense in practice.
There have been a lot of incidents in recent past, wherein slight carelessness by the travelers has resulted in huge personal damages. Surveying online and being at the place is two different things. Let us analyse a few tips to ensure our next journey as a safer one:
10. KEEP A LOW PROFILE
Yes! The very basic advice would be to try not to stand too much out of the crowd. Dress like the natives of the place you are visiting, try to mingle with them and avoid showing your ornaments or any kind of affluence you possess of. All this would make you look different and hence more visible to creepy people around. It’s logical, the more you stand out. The more easily you can fall prey to wrong elements. Better get an idea about their local language. This will help you in identifying potentially unsafe situations, people and places.
9. PREFER LARGE GROUPS
Although peace of mind, serenity and spending some quality “me” time may be explained as the perks of traveling alone, it’s still more advisable to hang out in groups. The reason is so very simple. At a new place, you need all kinds of help which becomes difficult to access in case you are on your own. And then of course a group of people provides you that extra layer of security which can permit you to party late at night and stuffs which you would generally avoid being alone. So don’t restrict your fun by traveling alone. Get a group folks.
8. OPT FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE
An insurance is a sure shot way to minimize any kind of losses you may incur while traveling. Traveling is one of those activities which has maximum amount of risks and losses. Be it the loss of your baggage or you being robbed at a new place. It can be anything. So better be safe than sorry people. Get yourself a travel insurance and have a peaceful mind all along your next journey. Also search for policies custom made for travelers and having an integrated health insurance. This would help in providing assistance in the event of any major illness or damage.
7. KEEP YOURSELF HEALTHY
Health is another important factor that needs to be considered before thinking about traveling. Get your complete health checked up as a precautionary measure. Get all those crucial medicines and vaccinations before carving out your next travel plan. Do ascertain the kind of medicines you might need there depending on the food and climate of your travel destination. Also all the bespectacled people, you need to carry an emergency pair in case your present spectacles get damaged.
6. SURVEY YOUR DESTINATION
It is highly advisable to survey your destination as deeply as possible. Don’t just decide or plan your itinerary on hearsay. Check the type of climate you should be expecting at your destination, the local norms and restriction, the kind of food on offer etc. All these will make your travel plan more efficient and foolproof. Read about the places as much as you can. Also read about localities and places which are most unsafe at your travel destination. This will help you in taking the right decision and making the right plans for your trip. Likewise, information about the expected climate will assist you in deciding upon the kind of clothes you should pack up.
5. TRAVEL LIGHT
This is another golden tip that most of us tend to ignore. Too much of luggage always result in a compromise for your own comfort and safety. Most of the good hotels provide you with all basic needs like towels and toiletries. You don’t need to carry them. Similarly you can do away with many extra stuffs by scrutinizing more closely. Lesser amount of luggage will help you in movements and chances of loss of luggage will be minimized. Also most modes of transport in some countries don’t give you lots of luggage space and legroom. Hence having lighter baggage will help you get adjusted in any situation.Also write your contact and name in your luggage. It might be helpful in case you lose them in your journey.
4. DO AWAY WITH MOST VALUABLES
Carry the least amount of valuables while you are on the move. Jewelry, antique belongings and too many of cash with yourself. Also have a concealing place for all such things, if at all you are carrying any such thing. There are other unnecessary stuffs that we tend to carry like metro card or your society i card. Such stuffs are at a risk of loss and will involve lots of hassles to get them back. Better, carry what is required and carry less.
3. CARRY MINIMUM AMOUNT OF CASH
When on journey, it’s advisable to carry least amount of cash with yourself. Doing so will make you a good target by robbers and thieves. Being at a new place, your first vulnerable asset is the money you must be carrying. Use credit cards and carry two of them while you are traveling. Also don’t keep them at one place. Rather keep them at two different places, so that you don’t lost all at once. Also check functioning of both the cards before traveling. Also understand their local currency well to avoid being duped. However, if you get confronted my robbers, don’t fight back. Give up your cash. You are less likely to get further damage post this. But do report to nearby security as soon as possible.
2. KEEP IN TOUCH
Collect contacts and addresses of all those acquaintances you know who reside at that place you are planning to travel. It can help you in any emergency situation. Also leave your contacts and the itinerary of your travel with your near dear ones before leaving. This would help them in tracking you down in case of emergency. Call them at regular intervals and be in touch. It goes a long way in ensuring a safe journey for you.
1. KEEP THE DOCUMENTS READY
Right from your visa to your passport, keep all the important and relevant documents intact. Also keep extra photocopies along with the originals while you travel. Get these documents updated and authorized to avoid troubles and complications at a later stage of your journey. Also leave their copies back at home, just in case you lose them in your travel.Another more effective option is to get them scanned. Keeping the soft copy of these documents will help you a lot. Rest assured, a well authorized set of important documents would make your travel a lot easier and safer.
All the above points convey a very few things in a gist. Be alert, Be careful and use your common sense. You don’t lose on the fun part. Ensure these and you will surely have a safe traveling experience.