“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
― Mark Twain
As someone who is a first or fifth-time traveller, there is always something new that you can learn. Every travel experience has its own unique narrative and hidden lessons somewhere in the mix. One of the things you can never have too much of is knowledge on how to make your travels safer.
In as much as you’d probably like to live a perfect world where crime and accidents don’t exist, until then, you’ve got to put precautions in place to keep yourself safe.
With that being said, here you will find some personal safety tips for travellers that you should add to your list.
✈️ Learn About Local Culture
Learning the local culture of a country is a great starting point if you’re trying to put measures in place to ensure safety. This is because by learning more about the culture of where you’re going, there’s a greater chance that you’ll discover the primary language they speak, how warm the locals are to tourists, and what kind of scams tourist are usually vulnerable to.
By learning cultural norms ahead of time, you’re also more likely to blend in as opposed to standing out. Aside from safety reasons, you can also gain new experiences by exploring local culture.
✈️ Write Down Emergency Info
People are heavily reliant on technology and gadgets nowadays, but it isn’t always reliable.
Instead, take an old fashioned-step which is to get your pen and paper out so that you can write down emergency information. Some items to include are your hotel address and flight information just in case of an emergency or you getting lost. Also, another travel safety tip is to make copies of important information so that you have a backup.
✈️ Get Travel Insurance
Insurance is something that you should never travel without because of the risk involved. You might be asking what the chances of your luggage getting stolen or a medical emergency occurring are, but do you really want to take that risk?
Usually, travel or health insurance will cover your medical needs if you have a slip and fall, car accident, or anything else that ends you in the hospital. In addition to this, if the accident is no fault of your own, then www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk, can help you assess whether you’re eligible for a claim.
✈️ Don’t Overshare with Strangers
When you travel, it’s very likely that you’ll meet people you don’t know. It could happen at the airport while you’re checking in, on the plane there or while you’re touring the city.
In as much as you should be open to networking, be careful remembering that not all strangers are trustworthy. Refrain from sharing sensitive information like your address and contact details and keep your credit cards safe.
✈️ Watch Out for Public Wi-Fi
If you are using public Wi-Fi while you’re away as opposed to your own, be wary of their networks. At times, cybercriminals are waiting and lurking for the perfect chance to steal valuable information such as social security or card details.
No matter where you are, public Wi-Fi carries risks of its own as there isn’t as much security. You could get a VPN to help make your network more secure alternatively.
✈️ Look for the Local Embassy
Most countries have a number of embassies for other countries dotted around, especially in tourist areas.
To increase your chances of keeping safe, find out where the embassy for your home country is located and make a note of their address and phone number. This could come in handy if you get in serious trouble and need help.