(Gloucestercitynews.net)(August 24, 2020)--Traveling is an exciting adventure and a positive experience, but there is always a lot that could go wrong. What matters most when traveling is your own personal safety and taking care of yourself.
- Keep a Copy of Important Documents
With important documents such as your passport, airplane tickets, or driving license, always be sure to make a copy. You can then take the copy out with you for identification purposes and leave your original copy behind safely in a hotel safe, for example, to avoid the risk of losing important documents.
It’s also a good idea to back them up with a photo on your phone, or keep an electronic record of details such as flight times.
- Don’t Post All Your Locations on Social Media
It can be very tempting to want to share and show off all the amazing places you’re visiting, but revealing your location can tell a lot of people about where you are and what you’re doing—including strangers on the internet.
Not only that, but it alerts people to the fact that you’re currently not home, which can put your empty home at risk of being targeted.
If you do want to post your travel snaps, think about doing it without revealing the location, or waiting until after you’ve returned home.
- Tell Someone Where You Are Going
Always be sure to let someone else know your full itinerary, preferably someone who’s back home, such as a family member or friend you aren’t traveling with. Let them know your flight details, your accommodation details, and where you intend to be on each day.
That way, somebody will know where you’re supposed to be at all times—which is especially important if you’re solo traveling.
- Check the Laws
When you’re traveling to another country, it goes without saying that they may have different ways of life. Laws change in each country, so be sure to check everything you need to know before you travel. When it comes to driving especially, be sure to check road-safety laws and speed restrictions.
Think about your own personal routine, too, and how you like to socialize; checking the drinking, smoking, or vaping laws in other countries is also important, so that you don’t risk breaking the law.
- Keep Money in Different Places
You don’t want to keep all your cash on you at all times so that you don’t risk losing it all. Be sure to distribute amounts into different places, such as having a credit card, some loose cash in one bag, and some other cash safely back at your accommodation.
Also think about back-up savings before you travel, too, such as making sure you have enough extra in your bank account should you need to withdraw more money unexpectedly while traveling, for example, in case an emergency arises.
You don’t want to run out of money!
- Avoid Public WiFi
Public WiFi can feel extremely helpful when you’re traveling from place to place, but it also comes with its risk. Avoid using public WiFi for browsing that needs to be secure, such as logging into your bank, and try to avoid using it for long periods of time.
There are extra ways to protect yourself if you do need to use public WiFi from time to time when travelling, such as getting a VPN for your device.
- Trust Your Gut
A lot can be said for your own gut instinct when traveling, and especially when traveling alone. If you don’t feel right, whether on a certain street, in a certain part of town, or with a certain person who has started talking to you, remove yourself from the situation safely.
- Do Your Research
Always make sure to research as much as you can about your intended travel destinations, including risk factors and well-known problem areas. Some countries or areas may be more prevalent in crime, or street crime such as pickpockets, so be sure to pay attention to any advice for tourists about where you are going.
It may also be a good idea to check out online travel forums and blogs for real people’s stories of their experience traveling to the same places, so that you can get honest and valuable feedback.
- Try Not to Look Like a Tourist
Try to look confident as much as possible. Avoid making touristy mistakes, such as stopping in the middle of a busy street to squint at a map, asking loudly for directions, or generally looking lost or uncertain. Moving around with purpose will make you seem less vulnerable and you are therefore less likely to draw attention to yourself. Good preparation—such as planning out walking routes—can help with this.