Safety Precautions To Consider While Touring Abroad
Travelling outside the country is an adventurous activity. It is the best way to explore. In as far as that is fun, always take care for safety reasons. This safety is for both you and your luggage. Research shows that a number of tourists and travellers don’t enjoy their travels as they wish. One of the main reason contributing to these is when their safety is compromised. This means, when you’re travelling, take care and assess the security of the area you’re visiting. This means, as a traveller or a tourist, your safety will largely be contributed by your preparedness. Additionally, you don’t have control over everything that can happen. Some occurrences are purely unprecedented.
Some of these occurrences include health complications and security breaches, for example by terrorists. Luckily, most governments and local authorities have security measures to prevent these occurrences. Below are a few ideas on how to stay safe while outside your country.
1. Go Through A Medical Checkup
Undergo a medical assessment any time you intend to travel outside the country. The main importance of this is to certify that you are in the correct state of health to make such a trip. Besides, physicals also reveal that you understand the health risks of the destination country. Travelling to countries that have a history of health concerns needs medical checkups. Besides that, they must vaccinate you for your own protection. This immunization exercise protects the traveler from ailments he or she acquires abroad. This is a compulsory rule for many countries. Diseases such as the deadly Ebola and Zika Virus spread between countries through travelers. Though not all countries enforce this policy, make it a personal responsibility. It is for your own protection in any case.
2. Make backup Electronic Copies Of Travel Papers
Going abroad needs certain mandatory documents. These are inclusive of Passports, tickets, health insurance cards and medical documents. Carry all the necessary documents or papers that support this particular exercise. Scan all those documents and save them in electronic form. You could use your email for a start. This makes it easier to retrieve them should you misplace the hard copies while touring. If you loose your smartphone or PDA, you can access your email from a cyber cafe in that country. On the same note, there are other forms of internet storage locations such as the cloud storage. You can store all types of files and access them from any part of the world on different devices.
3. Do Not Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
Do not carry with you all the important items that can rescue you from trouble abroad. Keep your national identification card as well as credit card back in your hotel room. Walk around with the bare essentials such as a laminated photocopy of your original ID and some cash. This is a precautionary measure that protects you from robbery or complete loss of items.
4. Leave The Posh Items Behind
It is always tempting to put on your favorite accessory to a new place especially if it is a new and expensive one. You would want to show it off. This not only makes you too easy to spot from the crowd but makes you a target as well. Locals from the area can spot you with little effort which is why you should try to blend in as much as you can. Putting on expensive accessories is just not the way to go. Besides touring abroad involves exposure and socializing with new cultures and not
Besides touring abroad involves exposure and socializing with new cultures and not a fashion show. To get someone to share information or interact with you, you need to humble yourself. It is the only way to start a conversation in the particular social set up. Locals will share with you if they feel that you are part of them, a new, member of their community. Too many accessories already elevate you to a level above the people you want to socialize with. They will see you as a show off instead of a visitor and won’t be friendly.
5. Selecting A Place To Stay
When you check into a hotel for the first time be careful of your luggage. Do not even trust the polite hotel staff when they come to you to offer help, not for the first time, though. Take your time to study the surrounding and acquaint yourself with everyone around. When choosing for vacant rooms for storied hotel building go for top rooms. Avoid ground rooms since they are easy targets of burglary. Additionally, peep holes are useful on hotel doors. You can check for the identity of visitors to the room to which you have checked in. If doubtful of the person on the other end of the door you can always check with customer service via telephone.
6. Counter Check Before Leaving
Touring abroad involves movement from one place to another. It is common human nature to forget simple items behind when moving or travelling to new places. By the time you recall, it would be too late to do anything meaningful. It is imperative thus to always counter check your belongings before moving to a new location. Carry a checklist to assist you but always confirm your luggage every time you move.
7. Panhandlers Are Not Always Innocent
Poverty is a universal problem experienced by all nations in the world. It is just the level of poverty that varies amongst countries. Even the most developed countries such as the USA or the UK have areas that are poverty stricken. It is not uncommon to find panhandlers and beggars in these favelas. These people, target tourists who come to their countries for vacations or holidays. They pose as tour guides for the visitors at a fee. While some carry around tourists’ luggage, others just beg for money from the tourists.
Not all these panhandlers, majority of who are children, are bad. But be wary of the mischievous ones that prey on unsuspecting tourists. Some of them pose as poor children while in the real sense they rob those tourists. Some of them have even formed groups for those atrocities. Without a licensed tour guide when abroad, trust no one at all with your luggage.
8. Go Manual When Making Payments
Always complete all payments or transactions that you make with cash. Avoid using your credit cards especially in internet cafes.
People tend to prefer sharing with friends over the main social networking sites. Sites such as Facebook and twitter have gained popularity and with a good reason as such. When you access these sites over an internet cafe, pay for them with cash. This is for those who do not carry laptops around while travelling. The importance of this precaution is to avoid falling victim to cyber crime.
Cyber criminals track activities of unsuspecting travelers on the computers they use. They do so by use of key logger applications. This software can retrieve confidential information such as credit card credentials which includes PIN. Recklessness when using these modes of payments can be detrimental to your financial status. Besides that, these criminals can use those passwords to access all your bio data. They can frame you for crimes you know nothing of.
9. Be Completely Covered
Medical insurance offers international coverage against such related contingencies. It does not cover all categories or types of risks. Consider a case where you have covered yourself only against medical illness. During your vacation or tour, you can unfortunately, become involved in an accident. In this case, you will have an injury for which you did not cover. You will have to use your own money to cater for the medical treatment which you might even be in short of. Loss of property is also another common and potential risk. You will not get compensated when you lose your belongings on a trip if you did not cover them. In a nutshell, cover yourself against all possible risks that you might think of. These risks can occur to you right from the point you board the plane.
10. Avoid Drinking Your Senses Out
Drunkenness is one of the primary causes of unsuspecting robbery. A drunken person is not aware of his surroundings. He cannot differentiate danger from safety. Furthermore, they cannot distinguish between friends and robbers. If you love the booze then it’s advisable to travel with trusted friends who can watch over you. If you happen to have traveled alone, drink within the confines of your hotel room. This will ensure your safety from causing harm to yourself. It will also save you the headache of getting in trouble with the authorities of the foreign soil.
11. Be Wary Of Local Traditions
Touring a new place entails blending into the surrounding. This includes embracing their culture and traditions; their general way of life. Contrasting though it might be to your own culture, be respectful and camouflage into it. Respect the way of life of the people there and keep your beliefs to yourself. Do not try to enforce your ideologies to the local communities. This will provoke a negative and hostile response from them. Embrace their culture and become part of it not against it. Besides you are there to learn new ways and norms which is one of the primary objectives of touring.
While touring a foreign land is exciting without a doubt. To enjoy, take precautions to ensure you enjoy your stay with little discomfort. Always take into account the above precautions before you decide to travel to a foreign land. Treat every person you come into contact with as a potential threat to you or your luggage. Touring is sharing but share with extreme caution.