Travelling is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. It’s the one thing that money can buy that provides so much value to a person’s perspective, personality, and outlook on life. It also doesn’t have to be terribly expensive, as there are more and more budget options for travellers who can only make time for, say, a weekend away. The world is connected and the people in it our kin, so it’s important that we see the world. Seeing the world, however, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t put our safety first. To stay safe when you’re travelling abroad, follow this guide:
Have a Map
While it can be fun and exciting to get lost in a city you just touched down on, you should always know where you are. The first thing any traveller should do before they travel is to download the map of the area they will be visiting. This map will allow them to navigate around the city without signal. To be extra safe, however, you should always have a physical map on you, just in case your phone dies.
Do Your Research
It’s irresponsible to not do your research before a trip. There might be cultural norms that you must adhere to, otherwise risk breaking the law. There are also dangerous areas you should generally avoid, and, of course, places you must see. Do your research so that you know all you can about the city, from its history, to its neighbourhoods, and especially to the hidden secrets it holds.
Keep Your Possessions Safe
When you’re travelling – especially when you travel abroad – you need to keep your ID and money safe and secure always. This means using inside pockets with zips, or on travelling packs, or even securely hidden inside a bag with thief proof zips. Preparing for the worst can save you from a lot of stress. The last thing you want, after all, is for your passport, ID and all your money to vanish without a trace.
Having traveller’s insurance is a good way to protect yourself if you’re injured, or even if your possessions are stolen or broken when you’re abroad. Find the coverage that works for you, and make sure that you get it.
Know What to Do in an Accident
If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation – even if you aren’t a resident of the country that you’re visiting. If travelling in Ireland, for instance, find out how you can make an accident claim as a non-resident. Again, do your research in advance so you at least know your options.
Being safe while travelling abroad is just common sense. It doesn’t mean fearing the place that you’re going to visit – it just means doing your research before you go so that you’re prepared if the worst happens. The more you know, the more secure you’ll be.