Don’t be afraid to travel alone. Traveling can be one of life’s greatest, must fulfilling experiences. However, there are some precautions to consider, and preparation you can do to ensure a safe and successful trip.
Researching the area that you will be traveling to. It can assist you in learning the local customs and other ways that can help you blend in. It is also important to research the area in order to get a grasp of how to find your way around, such as learning major roads, landmarks, etc.
2. Don’t Over-Drink
Drinking too much alcohol can slow your reaction time and dull your senses. This can cause you to have a lapse in judgment that can put you in a really compromising situation.
3. Dress like the Locals
Depending where you are traveling to, there may be customary wardrobes for people. It’s important to blend in, and not draw too much attention to yourself.
4. Don’t Wear Expensive Jewelry
Wearing a lot of jewelry can make you a target, especially in unfamiliar places.
5. Register with the U.S. Department of State
Registering with the U.S. Department of State is one of the easiest and quickest tasks you can complete to help keep you safe when traveling. It only takes minutes to fill out a form, and the department will contact you if there is any news relating to your destination.
6. Make Copies of All Important Documents
Make copies of all important documents such as passports, tickets, reservations, boarding passes, etc. Keep them in a safe place in case the originals are lost. Also, you can take pictures of them and keep digital copies in your email, or in an online storage like Google Drive. This will allow you access to them as long as you have access to a computer or mobile device.
7. Consider a Money Belt
Theft can happen anywhere, but the last place you want to be stolen from is when you are away from home. Look into getting a money belt to carry cash in. If someone steals your purse or your wallet, you won’t be left completely stranded. It’s also important to mention that if your purse is taken from you, let it go and do not put up a fight.
8. Keep in Touch
Give someone back home a copy of your itinerary. Keep in touch with them by checking in regularly and letting them know you are okay. Also, keep them updated with any changes you are making to your itinerary.
9. Spend on Safety
Traveling on a budget is always a good idea, however there should be no budget when it comes to your safety. If you do not feel comfortable walking home at night, call a cab. If you are flying into a rough area, plan your transportation ahead of time from a trustworthy source.
10. Get Travel Insurance!
No matter how many precautions you take, accidents happen. There is no better preparation than getting the proper medical coverage no matter where you are in the world.
For more help when traveling overseas, read our previous blog, “Tips for Traveling Abroad.” We wish you safe travels along your journey. If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, or have any questions or concerns, please contact us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com. Our insurance brokers have the experience to assist you in selecting the right plan for you and/or your family for the best value.