Top Travel Safety Tips
While having fun and seeing new places, globe trotters should keep their safety in mind while traveling. This goes much beyond being aware of pick-pockets and avoiding dark isolated places at night time. Travel safety takes various forms and has several aspects to consider.
Secure your belongings
Maybe you had the inspiration not to bring along your most expensive clothes and accessories, but you still make sure that your belongings are secured in each and every step of your journey. If you are a frequent flyer, consider getting a TSA-approved padlock for your suitcase so that airport security does not just cut it off and leave your luggage unlocked. If your journey includes train rides, buy a bag mesh protector which secures your backpack wrapping it in a wire mesh that cannot be sliced open and items removed without your knowledge. Although most hotels are safe, you can still get a travel door alarm for places where you are not so sure of.
Split your money
When at home, you keep all your credit cards, and the cash you carry along, in one place, most probably in your wallet as this is the most comfortable and handy. However, when travelling, you should split your money, and place them in different places: a small amount in your backpack or suitcase, some on you, and some in the hotel room’s safe (if any). The same goes for your credit cards. When on the road, it is more difficult to cancel credit cards, not to mention impossible to renew them, and you don’t want to be left without any money in the middle of nowhere.
Scan your documents
While ten years ago, your parents would advise you to make photocopies of your passport and other relevant documents before you go, now we live in the digital era. Make sure you have a scanned copy of your documents available in your email so that you can access it from wherever you are in case you lose the original.
Don’t make yourself a target
When traveling to certain countries, as a Westerner, you will probably be wealthier that a part of the local population, but this does not mean you have to make yourself the target of thieves and pick-pockets. Avoid displaying your wealth in unnecessary ways, and secure your most expensive belongings properly. If you are, for instance, a professional photographer, and own a very expensive camera, try to keep it your bag when not using it instead of flashing it around.
Make sure your instructor is safe
Traveling the world often means acquiring new skills and adding new adventures to your portfolio. But, this should not endanger your safety. If, for instance, you decide to try your hands at diving, snorkeling or bungee-jumping, check first that your instructor has the right qualifications for it and a clean safety record. Just because he seems to know how to do it, it does not mean he is trained enough to teach you too.
Don’t give money to beggars
Beggars are not always what they seem to be. While their story can be heart breaking, try not to give in and avoid giving them money. Your kind heart might just be your soft spot and put you in a dangerous situation. Many travelers have learned it the hard way. Beggars often approach you with a robbing strategy they skillfully execute if you don’t pay attention. Anyway, instead of encouraging this phenomenon, you’d better use your money differently, and if you want to give away, find a charity organization that support a cause you find dear.
Don’t give in to peer pressure
It happens, especially when you are traveling in a group, to be subject to peer pressure. If you feel this goes against your best reasoning and endangers your travel safety, stay strong on your ground and don’t give in. After all, getting home safe is more important that making other travelers or vendors happy.
Don’t touch stray animals
Stray cats and dogs are a common phenomenon in some countries. Despite your love for animals, you should stay away from these ones for several reasons. Their health status is not monitored and they could be the carriers of various viruses and bacteria. They are not trained, and they can bite, scratch or harm you in other ways.