Love to travel but are worried about the safety aspect of your trip? It’s a good idea to take care of your travel safety long before you leave.
The most common traveling dangers are preventable. You just need to have some common sense and responsibly prepare for your trip. At the same time, according to recent research, 92% of Americans have experienced at least one travel nightmare in their lifetime. The biggest travel dangers in our experience are diseases, scammers, and petty crimes. So it is worth spending some time on these topics. How do you take care of your travel safety? In this article, you will learn how to travel safely around the world and how to prepare for it.
There are situations that happen more often, and by being aware of them, you will be in a better position to prevent them. Here is a list of the most common problems when traveling:
- Losing a traveling companion
- The need to change planned attractions
- Poor hotel
- Quarrel with a travel companion(s)
- Bad weather
- Hotel cancellation of reservation
- Loss of valuables
- Getting lost
Contract the right travel insurance for you. Carefully review the offers of several operators and choose the one that meets your needs depending on the place, duration, and purpose of your trip. Maybe you won’t need it, but you won’t be alone if you get sick abroad. I have used travel insurance several times during my travels, and I know that an unexpected illness abroad is an expensive pleasure. At the same time, according to previously mentioned studies, 71% of people that took the risk of traveling without insurance regret not getting one.
Unfortunately, not everything can be prevented, and experience shows that accidents can be expensive. So don’t take risks and plan your expedition budget responsibly so that you are ready for the worst. The Passport-Photo Online study showed that for as many as 20% of people, an accident while traveling ended up costing them between $301 and $500.Keep that in mind!
Many first-time travelers make a very simple but extremely painful mistake – they store their money irresponsibly. The places we go sometimes vary. Many of them, unfortunately, are not safe for tourists – they are full of trained pickpockets and criminal groups lurking for your wallet. It’s a good idea to divide your budget properly and not to carry all your important documents in one place. So that in case of possible theft, you can continue to enjoy the travel.
As we’ve established before – many of the travel nightmares can be anticipated and prevented. The more we protect ourselves, the better the chances of having a happy trip. Among the preventive methods worth mentioning are the following:
- Taking a photo/copy of your passport
- Printing boarding passes and confirmations of accommodation and attraction bookings
- Getting in touch with the hotels and airlines to double-check your reservations
- Obtaining a backup ATM card
When you or your children post photos or tag your location (geotags) on social media, you are giving burglars a heads-up that you are away from home and informing many thieves and criminals of your location. Rather, we recommend only sharing your adventures online when you return home.
When traveling to a foreign country, it’s best to blend in with the crowd, so keep cultural differences in mind when choosing the clothes and jewelry you want to bring with you. This will help prevent drawing attention to yourself, your family, and your possessions, but also show respect to the place you are visiting.
Travel always involves adventure and lots of unknowns. However, by being well-prepared and aware, you can significantly reduce the risk of unpleasant accidents on the road.
How about your travel experiences? Let us know in the comments!
We wish you pleasant and, above all, safe travels!
About the author: Magdalena Sadowska, the Community Manager of PhotoAiD. With a background in psychology, she is fascinated by how people interact and create their reality. As a travel enthusiast, given a choice of sea or mountains, she chooses both.