How to Stay Safe While Traveling Abroad

this post answers the following questions
1. Why is it safe to leave your itinerary at home?
2. Why should you always carry ID and cash for you to stay safe?
3. Why is it not safe to go alone in a foreign country?
4. Why do you need to have an accurate understanding with your surroundings for your safety?
5. Why do you need to get vaccinated for your safety?

Traveling to a foreign country can be an everlasting experience. You get to view places you’ve never seen, eat foods you’ve never tasted and enjoy the culture of a land far away from home.

Though traveling abroad can be a luxurious experience that creates a mountain of memories, it can also be dangerous if you’re not accurately prepared. The following tips will help  you stay safe while traveling abroad.

1. Bring a copy of your passport.

Before you leave for your vacation, make a copy of your passport and bring it with you. Put it in the hotel’s safe so you have it on hand. If your passport was to get lost or stolen, you can bring the copy to the embassy to get a new one.

2. Leave your itinerary at home.

Make sure that someone back home has a copy of your itinerary. This way, someone will know how and where to reach you at any given time.

3. Always carry.

No, we don’t mean guns. We mean always carry an ID and a small amount of cash with you at all times. This will help you prove who you are (if necessary) and it allows you to have money on you at all times if you ever find yourself somewhere that doesn’t take plastic. You should also bring multiple forms of money with you, including cash, credit cards, debit cards and traveler’s checks.

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4. Use your front pockets.

Pickpocketers tend to steal items from your back pockets and purses. If you are carrying cash, your wallet or anything of value, make sure to keep it in your front pocket. Nobody can easily snatch something from your front pocket without you noticing. For women, small clutch purses kept under your arm are the safest ones to use, as you’ll always pay attention to its whereabouts.

5. Know where you are.

Make sure you have an accurate understanding of your surroundings at all  times. Don’t walk with your head down, and don’t immerse yourself in a smartphone, iPad, map, book or other touristy item. This sets you up to be victimized.

Before you leave the hotel in the morning, make sure you know where you want to go. This will help keep you from constantly putting your face in a map, and it will also help prevent you from getting lost along the way.

6. Safety in numbers.

Never go anywhere alone. You are in a foreign country, so it’s always best to do everything in pairs, if not more. Being paired up with someone can help save your life.

7. Don’t let your guard down.

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should become stupid. Don’t leave places with strangers, don’t eat something weird from a street vendor and don’t get in the car with someone you don’t know. Basically, if you wouldn’t do it back home, don’t do it while traveling.

8. Get vaccinated.

Before you leave, visit your doctor and find out if you need any vaccinations. If you do, you will need to get them well in advance of your trip. It’s also a good idea to check with your doctor if you will need any medications for your trip. For example, if you are traveling somewhere that has a very high altitude, you may need to take medication to help you adjust to the difference.

When traveling abroad, make sure to use these tips to ensure that you always remain safe. Keep your guard up, make smart decisions, and your trip will be memorable.

Carrie Johnson lives in Dallas and works with a traveling agency.  She enjoys writing about travel safety and traveling tips in her spare time.  Carrie recently wrote about her trip to a bahamas vacation resort.

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