The world is certainly a smaller place for travellers, than it was for our parents. How much it has changed, depends on where you are heading, and just how dangerous or safe it is, can alter very quickly. If you want to stay safe while you are travelling, then there are some ground rules to follow, to stay out of trouble and have a problem free holiday.
Keep your money secure
To enjoy a trip, doesn’t mean that you need to spend a lot of money. There are lots of attractions that you can access for free, that are considered world class. London, for example, is an expensive city tourists, but the British Museum, is free, and will provide hours of interesting artefacts to see from all over the planet.
What money you do need when travelling, should be carried in different places, and not together. Don’t put cards and cash in a wallet or purse, because if you lose it, then you will lose everything. Separate your capital, and you will never be without money. If you are looking for a place to keep your wallet, then please don’t stick it in your back pocket, as it is an open invitation for somebody to snatch it.
Keep a copy of all of you documents
When you parents were travelling, the traditional way to get a copy of documents was to photocopy them. As we are the digital age, the best way to do it is to scan all of your important travel items and email them to yourself. This way you can be 100 per cent sure that you have a record of them.
Take out some insurance
This can be for cover against illness and injury, or all those expensive digital devices that you insist on lugging around the world. You can even buy kidnap travel insurance if you are travelling in high risk areas. If you want to stay safe and have peace of mind, then this should be top of the list.
The correct jab for the destination you are visiting is essential. A simple Google search will tell you everything that you need to know about what drugs and vaccinations you need. If you haven’t got a computer, then visit your doctor, and he will be able to give you the information. You may be surprised that no special drugs are required, but if you don’t know for certain, then find out before boarding the plane, or you may be sorry.
Don’t overstep you comfort zone
Doing something dangerous that requires a skill, is not such a great idea when you are travelling. It is not advisable, for instance, to hire a motor scooter in a foreign country and take it onto the road. Even if your licence says you are allowed to drive something under 50cc; don’t take the risk. Statistics in Thailand have recently revealed that almost 30 people a day die on their roads, as a result of a scooter accident. The same applies to Jet Skis and motorbikes. If you want to have a go, then learn how to do it at home before you go away, and stay safe, while you are travelling.
It’s great to set off on a travel adventure, but it is wonderful to return home in one piece.