No matter where your journey takes you, it is important to be vigilant regarding personal safety. It could be visiting friends outside the city, driving on the beach or flying to a foreign country.
One of the most popular times to travel is during the holidays when many people travel to visit family and friends. The streets are full of cars and the airports are full of passengers. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and try to be patient with other drivers and the airline. Everyone wants to spend a safe day, but holidays can be a stressful time for many people. Be aware of this fact and don’t be the catalyst that triggers or gets high.
Below are 12 travel safety tips that will help protect you!
- Research and read about any type of travel restrictions that may exist where you plan to go. Be aware of any travel warnings or travel warnings related to the region or country you intend to visit. Check with the United States Department of State to see if there is anything you should be aware of. You should also search for and obtain contact information about the American embassy or consulate in the country or region you are visiting. In addition, it is a good idea to consult with your local emergency management agency and the American red cross the likelihood of several emergencies that may occur in your local area or in areas where you travel frequently.
- When traveling to other countries, keep in mind that some may have comfortable personal space distances defined differently from your home country. Do a search before traveling so you don’t make a simple gesture or make physical contact that has a very different meaning than the people in the country you’re going to.
- Depending on where you’re going and the time of year is another thing to consider. The weather can cause a number of safety concerns when walking, swimming or cycling in the summer simply by walking when conditions become slippery and slippery from rain, snow or ice. Allocate additional time to get to your destination.
- Take your time and learn the area so that you can feel comfortable with where you are traveling and the surrounding area. Search in maps (Google Earth or Google Maps it’s great for this!) and see what surrounds you. Discover the formations of natural lands such as rivers, forests and mountains. Also note where artificial structures such as major highways, shopping malls and apartment complexes are located. It is important to familiarize yourself with the area you are traveling in. This way you know where both artificial and natural barriers exist that could be significant in the event of a natural disaster or act of terrorism nearby.
- You won’t be just walking. You are also likely to use other forms of transportation such as cars, trains and boats. Each presents a unique set of security challenges. Keep your eyes in front of you and pay attention to other types of traffic: on the road or on the water. There are many distracted drivers out there – don’t assume they see you. Be careful so you don’t get hurt. Watch out for dangers, no matter where you are.
- You need to be aware of any specific health problems that may exist in the country you are visiting. Some may request to receive special vaccinations before being authorized in the country. This means that you may be exposed to threats to your health that do not exist in your home country. If you take medications and travel with them, take a note from your doctor saying what the medicine is, the dosage, the duration of the prescription and what it is used for. Always keep it with you and with medications. Some medications may not be legal in the country you are visiting, so do smart things and plan ahead.
- Another area that you want to look into is health insurance coverage. Many national insurance plans cannot be used abroad, requiring the purchase of travel health insurance. Having can be a real lifesaver in case you need to receive medical treatment abroad. It can also help if you need to be medically evacuated to the United States. The price for this cover is modest, but it may end up being essential if you need it. Plan ahead so that if you need coverage, get it! It is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
- Do not assume that buildings in other countries are equipped with fire alarms, fire escapes or capable firefighters such as those you are used to. Some may be better, but some may be worse or nonexistent. Become familiar with this aspect when traveling abroad and learn about exits and evacuation routes.
- Remember that you are more vulnerable when you travel outside of your home territory, wherever it is. Once you leave your comfort zone and are dealing with new cultures and ways of doing things, you are at a distinct disadvantage for those who live and work in the area. Take some time to learn local customs so you don’t find yourself in an embarrassing or dangerous situation that could have been prevented if you had understood what was happening more clearly.
- Be more aware at night and stick to well-lit and populated areas while traveling. Avoid alleys, dark streets, areas with poor visibility and places where someone might hide.
- Make sure you have a valid passport and get the visas you may need while traveling. Make copies of all travel documents including passport and visas and keep them in a safe place apart from the original documents.
- Know the equivalent of 911 in any country you visit and learn to say “help me” in the language of the country you are traveling in.
These traveler safety tips are a good way to start the journey. Stay alert and more aware than ever when you are in an unknown environment and especially when you leave your home country. Research things ahead of time and make careful safety preparations before packing!