Going on vacation is a time to relax, be happy and create fantastic memories. We have 6 Tips For Safe Travel to share with you. No matter your destination, when preparing for a trip, it’s important to make sure that you are safe and take measures to protect yourself. Being scammed, robbed or injured is guaranteed to ruin a vacation. While this is something we don’t really want to think about, making sure you are prepared for a safe journey is critical.
Here are our top tips from our years of travelling that have kept us safe.
1. Share Your Trip With Family and Friends
This is the number one thing we always do. We share full details of our trip with dates, flights, reservation numbers and what activities we are planning for each day. This way they have full access to where we are and if anything goes wrong they will have the details to help if needed.
2. Make Copies Of Your Identification
In case your wallet and passports get stolen, we keep printed copies in our bags and also scanned copies in the cloud. This will help in the police or the embassy confirming your identity if needed.
3. Get Travel Insurance
You may never need it, but if you do you will be thankful. There are various types of insurance you can get, shop around for a plan that suits your need.
4. Don’t Get Scammed
While the world is full of nice and trustworthy people, there are some out there who want to make a buck on your behalf. Being a tourist makes you an easy target! Here are some of the ones we have seen:
- Free Bracelets or CDs. You get approached on the street and all of a sudden you have a bracelet on your arm or a CD in your hand. As soon as it is out of their hands, it’s hard to give it back. Never accept anything from a stranger on the streets. While you may think it is free, chances are you are being scammed into buying something you don’t want. The bracelet trick is the most prevalent version of this in Europe. Keep your wrist away from them unless you want to buy a crappy bracelet or get into an argument.
- Being overcharged for a taxi ride with a broken meter or a longer ride. Make sure you negotiate your fare and know where you are going before your ride.
- Injured or sick children. You see begging in every country. Some people are looking for help but others may be trying to distract you while someone else comes from and take your phone and wallet from your pocket. We have learnt to never carry anything in our back pockets or jackets. Always keep your belongings in a secure location or in the safe at the hotel. In some of the worst cases, the “sick children” are drugged to look ill. Do not support these people and allow them to continue to exploit children in this way.
5. Don’t Carry Everything With You
When out enjoying the day to day activities, there is no need to carry all of your cash, passports, IDs and multiple credit cards. Only take what you need for the day and keep the rest locked in your hotel room safe.
6. Protect Your Home
It’s easy to forget about home when on vacation, but an empty dark house is an easy target. If you are away for a while, stop your mail delivery or ask a neighbour to collect it for you. Invest in smart lighting and smart home devices. There are so many on the market and they are super easy to use. You can control when lights go on and off to make it look like someone is home and you can also schedule music or a tv to go on or off. These steps will deter anyone who may be looking in on your house while you are away.
We hope you enjoyed our 6 Tips For Safe Travel. Share your tips in the comment section below…
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