For the last few months, there has been a halt in the tourism industry due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. But now, some countries have already started opening their borders once again. And, for sure, the others will follow sooner or later, especially once the vaccine for the novel virus is found. We may be in what they say as ‘new normal’, but this only makes traveling a lot safer as long as you follow some precautionary measures.
I’m sure you are tired of staying within the four corners of your home, and you want to get out so you can unwind and breathe some fresh air. As you plan your next trip, here are safety travel tips that you should remember to avoid health risks, scams, theft, violence, natural catastrophes, as well as political unrest:
Do Your Homework Before You Travel
Missing the beach, or perhaps the forest? Do you want to see a new place and experience other countries’ cultures?
When picking a destination, it is crucial that you do your homework first. Know the current status of the country that you want to visit, so you know exactly what to expect. It is also important that you look for the safest spots for tourists.
Register With Your Embassy
When you go to another nation, it would be a good idea to register with your embassy and let them know that you are there. And no worries, because you can do this for free. The embassy can easily get a hold of you in case of an emergency.
Try to Blend in
If you are in a new place, you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. You don’t want to be roaming around with your luggage or a huge backpack as this will only encourage con artists to go after you. Therefore, try to blend in as much as possible. Dress and act like the locals.
Avoid Showing Off
Showing off is another no-no when you go to a place that you are not familiar with. Do not wear your expensive pieces of jewelry or carry your gadgets around. Be simple. You might want to have your camera and smartphone with you but be sure to keep them in your purse.
Wear a Face Mask
Wearing face masks is already a part of the ‘new norm’ so you might as well do it each time you go out, especially when going to somewhat crowded places. Make sure that you observe social distancing too.
Invest in Travel Insurance
A lot of travelers look at travel insurance as an additional expense. In a way, yes it is. But you should know that it is quite beneficial. This is why some countries mandate this. If you have one, you will be covered in case accidents happen and you incur injuries. This will also serve as your protection if you lose your belongings for some reason.
Get Your Shots
Some nations also require their visitors to get their shots before they travel. And even if the country that you are visiting does not require this, you should still do so. Visit your doctor and get the necessary shots, which will help improve your immune system.
Don’t Forget to Bring Over-the-Counter Essentials
If you are under medications, you must fill your prescriptions before you leave the country. It is also highly recommended that you bring some over-the-counter essentials like motion sickness pills, pain relievers, and bug repellents.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Wherever you go, you need to avoid touching surfaces, particularly those that are commonly touched by other people. I know this is inevitable sometimes. That’s why you have to keep your hands at all times. Wash them. It is also advisable that you always keep a small bottle of alcohol or sanitizer in your bag so you can use it as needed.
Be Extra Careful When Using Public WiFi
A lot of places offer free WiFi, which is helpful. But know that this could also put you in harm’s way. Take note that hackers are everywhere so you should be extra careful when using the internet. With this, it is recommended that you utilize VPNs.
Be Aware of Common Travel Scams
Con artists have found several ways to trick you out of your hard-earned money. This is why you have to do your research and be alert all the time. Some examples of travel scams include broken taxi meter, closed hotel, free bracelet, ATM helper, child beggars, fake police officers, and motorbike rental damage just to mention a few. Again, you need to beware and avoid such scams at all costs.
Use Your Cards Safely
While some people consider using cards a lot safer than cash, this has its downsides too, particularly when utilizing them on the internet to pay for goods and services. First, never give out your card information to anyone, especially the security code. Second, avoid clicking on links from an anonymous sender.
The list can go on and on when it comes to online fraud, and all you can do is to watch your steps.
Book Your Ride Ahead of Time
Visiting a secluded place? Before you go anywhere, it is advisable that you book your ride ahead of time to avoid getting stranded in a deserted area. Doing this should not be that hard anymore since there are numerous transportation apps that you can utilize.
Like what we have said earlier, you must try to blend in, and this has something to do with the way you dress up. The more you look like a tourist, the more that you’ll become the apple of the eye of unscrupulous individuals.
Furthermore, try not to wear very provocative clothing. Take note of the country’s culture too and respect that.
Pay Attention to What You Eat and Drink
When traveling, it is very exciting to try different foods and drinks. That is not bad at all. However, you must pay attention to what you are eating or drinking too, especially if you have allergies.
Watch Out for Insects
Insects may be small, but mind you, they could give you huge problems more than you can imagine. They can give you illnesses, some of them are even life-threatening. If you are camping out, protect yourself by putting on some insect repellent products.
While staying outdoors is fun, it is essential that you hydrate yourself, especially if the weather is hot. Always bring a bottle of water so you can always take a sip if needed.
Get Enough Rest
Needless to say, traveling is fun and exciting, and I bet you would want to see as many tourist spots as you can in a day. But remember not to wear yourself out either. You must get enough rest and give your body some time to recuperate and regain its energy.
Are you a party lover? Do you want to go bar hopping while in a new place? Well, having fun is understandable. However, you should not drink too much. You can still enjoy a bottle of beer here and there, but make sure that you stay sober.
Take Note of Emergency Info
Mishaps can happen anytime, anywhere. With this, you must be ready all the time. Take note of telephone numbers that you can contact in case of an emergency. This may include your embassy, hospitals, etc.
So there you go with some safety travel tips. Go see the world but be safe!