Whether you travel by car, fly or take a bus, traveling in the 21st century comes with its own set of dangers. The following are some quick tips to help keep you safe so that you can enjoy your trip.
You’ll want to research what the culture and area of your destination is like before you get there. Make sure to research ways of life and areas to avoid. Ask others who have been to a particular area or do a Google search yourself.
When traveling, always make sure that you have a passport, if going out of the country, and valid photo identification. Make sure that the photo ID you have is an updated picture of yourself.
If you are planning on going far, let someone else know what your plans are. In the event of an emergency, it’s always a good idea for someone to know your whereabouts just in case the authorities need to be notified.
Avoid wearing conspicuous items such as gaudy jewelry, bright clothing or carrying a ton of cash. Never leave bags or children unattended. Try to dress as the locals do in order to blend in.
Take any and all medications that you need while traveling. It also helps to write down the names of your medications as well as their generic equivalents in the unlikely event that your medications become lost or stolen. If you have a debilitating disease or life threatening allergies, wear a medical bracelet as an extra precaution. You may want to go so far as to contact your health insurance company to find out where the nearest hospitals are and what other steps you may need to take to access medical care.
It’s better to use a credit card instead of traveling with large amounts of cash. Often times, using a credit card can help safeguard you against scams as most companies offer some sort of fraud protection against unjustified charges. Aim to use only one credit card while traveling. You can even go a step further and use a credit card that offers cash back for purchases or airline miles. Additionally, using one credit card makes it easier to track what you spend on your trip for budgeting purposes later on. If you use an ATM to take out cash during your trip, it’s better to take out larger bills as the machine and the bank may charge you a fee for each transaction. Call up your credit card company or bank before you embark on your trip to let them know that you’ll be traveling. This will help to avoid any problems with frozen accounts.
About the Author: Ali is a guest contributor from Sunset Properties, a vacation rental company located in the beautiful beach town of Gulf Shores, Alabama.