Traveling can be fun and exciting, but it can also be dangerous, especially these days. To stay safe as a traveler, use these top ten traveling safety tips:
Check With The State Department About Your Destination
When traveling abroad in this day and age, you really never know what to expect in terms of the political climate. Americans are not always welcomed warmly and there are countries that are best avoided. Check with the State Department for current travel advisories.
Make Copies Of Your Important Documents And ID
Before leaving home, have copies of all the important documents you’re bringing with you made and leave them behind. This way, if you happen to lose your passport or your other identification is stolen, you have working copies to get replacements.
Check Reviews, Not Just Prices
The cheapest hotel may not be the safest or cleanest place to stay; thus, it’s important that you check the reputation and reviews of any place you plan to stay or visit, not just the prices. Chances are good that any hotel advertising rock-bottom prices is not going to be in the best neighborhood or offer you complete services.
Be Careful Using Local Vehicles
Unfortunately, the leading danger to American tourists abroad is automobile accidents. Avoid ride shares and cabs that don’t look safe and always check to make sure the vehicle you’re going to hop into has functional safety belts.
Know The Local Emergency Numbers
Emergency numbers differ between countries and even areas in countries, so make sure you know ahead of time how to contact the local police and ambulance. Your travel agent, hotel or a quick online search should tell you the numbers you may need in an emergency.
Travel In Pairs
Avoid meandering about by yourself and advise others in your travel party against it, too. While your destination may appear peaceful in safe, it’s just smarter to travel in pairs.
Let Someone Back Home Know Your Plans
As an extra precaution, give someone in your family a copy of your travel itinerary. Check in with them at regular intervals, so they know you’re doing well. This is particularly useful if you are traveling alone on business or your destination can be somewhat hazardous to tourists.
Leave Your Valuables At Home
Don’t bring along any jewelry that’s obviously expensive or anything else you really couldn’t afford to lose. In addition to drawing attention to yourself from would-be thieves, you risk possibly misplacing your valuables and it would be very difficult or impossible to locate them again.
Don’t Answer Your Hotel Door – Call The Front Desk Instead
While it’s reflex to answer a knock at the door, it’s not recommended by experts when you travel anywhere. Call down at the front desk and ask if anyone made an inquiry about you; if not, keep the front desk on the phone and question the person knocking on your door while it’s still closed and locked.
Understand Local Culture And Customs
Aside from the many hazards and threats you could face as a traveler, you also risk deeply offending people of some cultures, simply by doing ordinary things. Investigate the land you’re traveling to and know how to communicate in basic terms and be aware of anything that could be interpreted as offensive. The simple act of waving “hello” could be seen as insulting in some places and it’s best to know before you go.
Don’t take chances when you travel, take precautions instead. You want to be safe to enjoy your destination, no matter where in the world you go so be sure to use these traveling safety tips on your next holiday vacation.