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Travelling is jam-packed with fun, adventure, and lots of memory-making. However, like everything else, it’s not without its risks. We hate to be all ‘adult’ but there are definitely some precautions every one of us can take pre-travel and while we’re on holiday to make sure we’re the safest we can possibly be.
After all, it’s nobody’s ideal to run into any unwanted problems while you’re trying to enjoy your long-awaited break away. So, let’s all get our sensible head on for a moment and enjoy some top tips on ultimate travel safety…
Research your destination of travel
It’s really important to understand a different country’s culture, rules, laws, and crime rates to best prepare for your travels. Take extra care to find out which areas are considered safe for tourists and which might be dangerous. Make sure you read up on possible scams and find out the status of any political unrest that may be occurring at the time you wish to travel. When you know what to expect, it’s a lot easier to make your decision – you would hate to make the wrong one!
Take out good travel insurance
It goes without saying that you need to be insured when you travel. In the unlikely case that an accident were to happen or a healthcare issue were to occur, it’s essential that you have a plan in place to cover any medical expenses. Be sure to read up on the best travel insurance providers for you and take extra care to declare any health conditions clearly from the off because insurance providers are all about the details. Make sure there are no loopholes!
Keep a record of important documents
There are quite a few different documents you need in order to leave a country and enter a new one and they’re all very important. Apart from your passport which, of course, you only have one hard copy of, it’s a sensible idea to have a digital and print copy of everything you need. Print out all airport boarding passes, hotel and transfer vouchers, excursion forms, travel insurance, and ATOL certificates as well as making sure they’re easily accessible on your smartphone as a back-up if you happen to lose place of something.
Organise your currency
The best way to make sure you always have enough money is to organise your foreign currency half and half – put 50% of your travel money allowance on a travel money card and keep 50% as hard cash. That way, if you were to lose anyway or have any stolen you would have something to fall back on. However, that being said, make sure you keep both in different places. So if you’re travelling with a backpack, perhaps keep the cash in there and the travel money card in your wallet stashed in a pocket.
Only withdraw money from the bank
All around the world, skimming is a regular thing. This is where ATMs are manipulated to copy your card data and you’re left non-the-wiser. It’s common for ATMs to get skimmed during off-peak hours in public areas, such as shopping malls. This considered, try to avoid using ATMs around this time and use what cash you have on your person. If you are going to withdraw from an ATM, it’s best practice to make sure you have a reliable travel card from a provider that can offer 24/7 support if anything were to go wrong.
Carry only your day-to-day essentials
Whether you’re a hoarder or not, it’s advisable that you only carry around what you really need on a day-to-day basis. If there’s no need for important items such as your passport or credit card then why not leave them in the safe back at the hotel? Ultimately, the less you take with you the less you’re likely to misplace or have stolen.
Keep an eye on your drink
It can happen anywhere but when travelling abroad take extra precaution if you’re out enjoying the nightlife to watch over your drink. It happens a lot that people put drugs in drinks without the drinker’s knowledge.
Have a list of emergency numbers
In case of any emergency you should always have the right numbers to call on-hand. Make a list of your insurance provider, family, bank, doctor, travel provider, and anybody else you may find essential.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi hotspots
Open Wi-Fi networks make it extremely easy for thieves to hack into the information stored on your electronic devices, whether it be your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. This means, if they wanted to, they could easily access your bank details, emails, photos, and online passwords. Instead, make sure you’re on a good mobile data plan or buy a portable router to set up your own Wi-Fi hotspot.
Lastly, just exercise your common sense and work out what you think seems like a good idea and what doesn’t. If your gut instinct is telling you something feels shady then listen because usually it turns out to be correct. Don’t hold back on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities but make sure your safety is always at the forefront!