Travelling abroad is exciting but also scary. You get an opportunity to visit a new country, immerse yourself in a new culture and get new experiences but it could also quickly turn into a nightmare should you find yourself in a spot of bother in foreign soil.
You therefore need to put a premium on your safety during your travel to and stay in a foreign country. Getting your travelling documents in order and do some little background research on your destination country so you are aware of the possible dangers you might run into.
Here are tips for a safe travel abroad.
Familiarize yourself with the laws of the country
Some countries might not be as liberal as your country of origin and you need to know at least the common laws that apply in the country. This prevents you from inadvertently breaking the laws and finding yourself at loggerheads with the law enforcement authorities.
Also, different cultures have different etiquette and what might be polite in your culture may be considered rude in another. So you need to know the etiquette rules specific to your hosts so you don’t offend the sensibilities of your hosts and be considered rude.
Get travel insurance
Contrary to common opinion, travel insurance isn’t expensive. A travel insurance cover doesn’t cost much but will be invaluable should you run into trouble in the course of your travels.
It becomes even more important if your medical insurance doesn’t cover for your medical bills when you are outside. While you hope for a sickness-free travel, you might have a medical emergency and not have the cash to take care of it and that’s where your travel insurance will come in handy.
Moreover, your travel insurance will also cover lost luggage and hotel and flight cancellations.
Avoid isolating yourself
Tourists are easy targets for crime. Don’t draw attention to yourself as a visitor even if you get lost in a new city. Find ways to get your bearing without advertising to all and sundry that you are a tourist who have lost their way.
More importantly, avoid walking alone in dimly lit and isolated streets lest you become a victim like the Woman Stabbed In Her Belly. Even as you roam the streets freely, you also need to have some regard for your security.
Keep your travel documents safe
While travelling, keep your travel documents like passports and visas on your body at all times. You will still have your important documents with you even if you lose your luggage in transit.
As a good safety practice, you should always have scanned copies of your travel documents in your email as an insurance against you losing them.
Get clearance from your bank
The last thing you want is your credit cards getting blocked while you are travelling abroad. To avoid this, notify your bank of your travel plans and make sure you are able to transact with your cards from whichever location you will be in.
For security, carry at least two credit cards and some cash for emergencies.