Travelling is exciting and most of us truly enjoy it. Discovering new places, new people and new cultures is a wonderful thing. Being a tourist is, on the whole, safe – as long as you keep in mind a few precautions. Some places are more dangerous than others and pretty much every city as districts you shouldn’t wander into alone at night. But even in the bustling daytime, there are a few steps you can take to make your trip more enjoyable.
DON’T show off your cash or valuables
Travelling is not the time to show your wealth. Don’t wander the streets with flashy large sums of cash in your pocket, don’t leave your Rolex on and when sitting at a café, don’t sunbathe your iPhone on the table.
DON’T get your rental car stolen
By all means, discover cities and surroundings by renting a car. Don’t, however, make it painfully obvious that it is a rental car. Don’t leave travel guides, maps and the like openly visible. Leave bags and luggage in the trunk and papers in the glove compartment. The less the car has visibly on the inside, the less likely it is that someone will try to break in.
DON’T travel without insurance
Yes, it can be expensive and in a way, we are all convinced we won’t need it, but YOU NEVER KNOW and it is not worth the risk. Imagine being in a bustling city, not speaking the language and getting sick. Or going on a hike and spraining an ankle. Health insurance is key and for many countries require it before giving you a travel visa.
DO use cash substitutes
It is always wise to have a little cash on you as possible. Use cash substitutes such as credit cards and traveler’s checks instead.
DO make copies of your passport
Sure, no one expects to lose their passport. Just in case make copies of your passports and any other important documents. Consider scanning them and sending yourself an email so that you always have them available.
DO dress appropriately
Two reasons to try and dress more like a local: minimize the chance of getting mugged and being respectful to local customs. Don’t walk around in a mini-skirt if you are visiting a strictly religious country.
DO step outside your comfort zone
As long as you stay safe, step outside your comfort zone. Afraid of heights? Climb the Eifel Tower! Don’t know how to dance? Take a salsa lesson! Traveling is about seeing new places, but it’s also about experiencing new things. You may realize you really like it, and if not at least you have a few amazing stories to tell when you go back home.
DO take lots of pictures
Sometimes it’s nice to just look around and soak it in, but believe us it is also wonderful to go back home and have the visual reminders of all your experiences. Showing your friends, or just have flipped through them yourselves, photos are wonderful. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it is so true. Document your adventures to jump start your memories in a few years.