Travelling offers you with astonishing and eye-opening experiences. The thrill and amusement of adventure is easy to get caught up in. However, it is very important to take certain security and safety precautions while travelling so that you or your group doesn’t have to go through a bummer.
Here are some of the essential tips that you must follow so as to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons-
Do your homework- Even before leaving; study, familiarize and get to know your destination in depth. Be well informed of the safest places to stay, the political situation and happenings, the nature and magnitude of crime incidents taking place.
And always have a point of contact just in case of any emergencies. It could be the embassy or consulate, police station, NGO or any other local emergency department.
Avoid garnering attention- People who seem to be outsiders or look like they are from out of town are the most vulnerable to crime and getting violated. At times, the locals might take benefit of your innocence and unawareness to make a few bucks. And that’s why make sure that you always blend with the locals, be it through your clothing or the way you communicate (learn a few words and slangs in the local language).
Have multiple copies of your important documents- You never know when you would require copies of your travel documents throughout the journey. Scanned copies are best saved online. Nevertheless, ensure that you have printed copies in handy. Make multiple copies of travel documents like credit cards, passport, visa, hotel, driver’s license or any other important travel instruments. Make sure that you separate the originals from the copies.
By doing this, you will be in the relief that you won’t have to run here and there just in case you are asked to get proper documentation. Leave another stack of documents at home with a trusted friend or relative so that if you fall into any sort of trouble, he/she can try to sort things out from your place by approaching the local police station, the foreign ministry/consulate or any other source.
Be in touch with friends and family- No matter where you are travelling to, be it a one-day city expedition or a month-long multi country international trip, make sure that you keep your friends and family updated about your whereabouts and location. Before leaving, brief them about your itinerary and give them some local contacts as to whom they should talk to if you are not reachable.
Be on guard while using public Wi-Fi- Don’t be too comfortable with a public internet connection and let its convenience cloud your judgement. While using a public Wi-Fi, you are vulnerable to hackers who are looking to steal your valuable information like credit card details and SSN. Set up a virtual private network (VPN) if you are in need of a wireless connection. By doing so, it will enable you to access the internet in a safe and secure manner while travelling.
Be aware of your surroundings and its happenings- Never let your guard down while being engrossed in capturing the beauty of the place. Travelling offers the joy of meeting and interacting with new people and getting to learn their culture. But during the course of all of this, make sure to use good judgement while talking to strangers and have an eye on your personal belongings. If you sense something fishy going on and are feeling uncomfortable, then leave the area immediately.
The above-listed tips can definitely help in making your journey safe and sound. But no matter how many precautions you take, the unexpected can always happen. Looking forward to you staying protected from any mishap or tragedy while travelling.