Last Updated on September 9, 2019
If you want to relax, explore new cultures, soak up new experiences, sightsee, and just live the best out of your life, then the answer is easy: Go to the airport, purchase a plane ticket, and hop on the first flight that leads to the location you dream to visit.
However, we all know that traveling can’t be that easy, even though it would be amazing to travel spontaneously like the old days.
Unfortunately, the world has become a dangerous place, if you turned on the TV, you will hear nothing but shocking news and scary events that mostly happen to tourists –You should do the best you can to protect yourself from being a victim!
There are many travel safety tips you can use that will protect you and your valuables from being stolen, and one of them is blending in with the natives (fun!). We broke down all the information you need to know that we know will help you have a great vacation!
Securing your valuables
1. When you go out to explore the streets of the magnificent city you are visiting, you need to limit the amount of money you are carrying and also hide them where a thief can’t find them. When you are buying something, avoid pulling out a big amount of money from your wallet.
2. One of the best international travel safety tips is to use their currency to make the transactions easier and also to not get the attention of thieves when they see you using a different currency.
3. You need to stash cash, passports and credit cards in different places. In case you lost some, you will still have a few more that you stored in your checked luggage or carry-on.
4. When you are flying, don’t put your passport at the same place with your credit cards and money. Once you are safe at the hotel, lock the passport in a safe place. Hotels can’t be 100% safe, so if you are concerned about theft, especially if the hotel seems sketchy, then just carry it with you. Don’t forget to make multiple copies of important documents before you travel!
5. When traveling, you should keep your valuables in your carry-on bag. But it is much better if you kept the expensive items like your jewelry at home.
6. Your wallet must contain nothing but the essentials and copies of the important documents, like your health insurance card. Do not travel with a debit card, use only credit cards, cash, or traveler’s checks.
7. Before you leave your hotel room, you must lock your valuables: Jewelry, laptop, extra cash, passports, and documents with personal information. Just because they are in a hotel room doesn’t mean they are fully secured, you need to lock them up!
8. Your devices must have strong passwords and encryptions when you travel, so even in case of theft, the thieves will not be able to access your private accounts and materials. Remember to download apps that provide more security.
Taking personal safety precautions
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9. Before departure, you need to read the news and check the advisories from the government to avoid going into a potentially dangerous area. Crimes, natural disasters, and civil strife can happen at any time. You have to check this nifty site that is provided by the US Department of State for accessing advisories:
10. It is best if you don’t share your traveling plans on your social media accounts because it will alert thieves that your home is empty. If you really want to share your journey, then you can customize who sees your profiles.
11. Blend in with the natives and dress like them because big cameras, floppy hats, and beach bags are advertising that you are a stranger, which makes you an easy target for pickpocketing and theft. Just hide your camera in the bag and opt for casual jeans and t-shirts.
12. For safe travel abroad, it is best to stay in groups instead of wandering off alone, even though we know it is more fun and one of the greatest hobbies of any adventure seeker. But in these cases, your safety is way more important.
13. You have to research potential health concerns that are related to your destination in order to know what to expect and to do what’s necessary to protect your body. For example, there might be poisonous snakes and only dirty water available.
14. It is not a bad idea to get a physical before you travel to have a peace of mind about your health when on vacation, and also, one of the most important things to do before travel is to get all the required vaccinations for travel. You have to pack all the vaccination papers with you because they may not let you enter the country without them.
15. Medical assistance in a different country can be hard to find, extremely expensive, or/and of dubious quality. This is why you should purchase travel insurance before you leave your country in order to be protected in case of a sudden illness or an accident. If you have Medicare and you are traveling internationally, then buy supplement insurance because Medicare doesn’t provide coverage outside the U.S.
16. If you are on medications, then you need to keep them in bottles with your name, your doctor’s name, and the dosage information to avoid any problems with flight security. Make sure to have enough medication if you are planning to be away for a long time because getting refills in other countries can be hard.