When it comes to travel, safety tips are handy no matter where you’re going! Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or a family, here are some travel safety tips that everyone should know. Pay attention because this trip you’ve spent months, maybe even years planning can easily be over in a flash and change your life forever.
Our Travel Safety Tips
Is it safe to travel to the country I plan on going to?
A good rule of thumb is to check for travel advisories to ensure that there are no travel bands or warnings issued. You should also know where your embassy is in each country you visit and register your planned itinerary with them, so they know where you are in case of an emergency.
Is it safe to travel alone?
Solo travel is becoming more and more popular and generally speaking, you will meet other solo travelers along the way. Common sense and being aware of your surroundings is critical. If you feel uneasy, but don’t know why your body may be sensing danger before your brain is even aware of it. Don’t feel embarrassed for feeling a certain way because there is a reason for it, so be sure to go with your instincts!
Tell your family and friends where you are going, ensure you have a SIM card and you’re connected and be sure not to trust people too easily.
Do I need a visa?
Every country has different entry requirements, and some visas are more difficult and expensive to get depending on where you are from, so be sure to leave enough time to apply and obtain your visa. Be sure to check with the local embassy or consulate for official visa information. There are companies out there that will take care of the visa process for you, but it’s always best to go through the Embassy yourself.
Where should I travel?
It all depends on what your interests are. These days people travel for all kinds of reasons: gastro, health or medical, religious and spiritual, adventure, political…the list goes on! No matter what, it’s always good to have an idea of where you are going. Sure it’s fun to travel the world by the seat of your pants, but you should tell your family and friends where you are going, especially if you are traveling alone!
What do I do in an emergency?
Emergencies and unfortunate events can happen when you least expect it! You should know emergency numbers for tourist police and the local fire department. It’s also advisable to know where the nearest hospital is.
Do I need travel insurance?
YES! We strongly encourage everyone to have emergency medical insurance; it’s one of the most crucial safety travel tips in my mind! In Asia, if you get sick and go to a hospital it is relatively inexpensive, but it all depends on what your situation is. For peace of mind, get Travel Insurance before leaving home!
Do I need to carry my passport?
In our opinion, it is always a good idea to have your original passport on you, but it’s also good to make a copy of the photo page, your entry stamp, and visa (if applicable). Hotel safes are an option, but when it comes to leaving your passport with someone else, who is responsible for replacing it should it go missing? Trust me, losing your passport reallysucks and can be a headache to replace.
Where do I keep my cash?
I travel with a Baggallini RFID purse, and I love it! The best thing is to divide your cash into 2-3 groups and put it in different spots in a bag that you can lock or hideaway. We like to use a disguise such as a deodorant stick for Mike or my hairbrush. Just be sure to use the hairbrush a few times, so it looks a little more inconspicuous.
Is the water safe to drink?
One of the first travel safety tips I learned early on, is to do your research and make sure you can drink from the tap! You can also ask the owner of your guesthouse, but when in doubt stick to bottled water. As pollution around the world worsens, more countries are having issues with their water. Lifestraw is another alternative depending on where you are in the world. It’s affordable, compact and super easy to use!
Do I need to be wary of food?
After traveling to over 50 countries, I’ve developed a strong stomach to street foods and small ma-&-pa shop’s, however, you should always try to watch them prepare your food. If you have allergies, be sure to travel with a translator device to prevent any serious issues. As a general guideline, you always want to eat where the locals eat. If nobody’s eating there… don’t go there!
What about travel vaccinations?
Some might find that this doesn’t exactly fall under travel safety tips, but yes, it’s true, most countries recommend a few different vaccinations before traveling. In some countries, certain vaccines are REQUIRED to enter the country, so best to check here for the complete list.
Do I have to keep my bags with me at ALL times?
YES! Another one of those really important safety travel tips! NEVER leave your bags with someone you just met or in the taxi while you run inside to get something, especially with any valuable items inside. Don’t agree to carry someone else’s bag for them, either. Always keep an eye on your bags. It’s not unheard of for someone to slip something illeagl into your bag without you knowing, hoping you will get through to the otherside without detection. So, again, keep a close eye on all your bags!
Is it safe to take videos and pictures?
It depends on the area you are in; you should try to blend in as much as possible.
If you’re wondering if it’s safe to take videos or pictures from a respect point of view, it never hurts to ask. But from a safety point of view, don’t be too flashy with your belongings or expensive items as this only attracts more attention. For example, we have been warned by locals in Ho Chi Minh not to have your camera or mobile phone in your hand because people passing by on scooters will take them right out of your hand! So be careful and, again, try to blend in!
Can I party when I travel?
Of course! Some travel destinations specialize as party destinations. But, always keep your whit’s about you and pay attention to your surroundings! Keep your drink with you at all times and don’t get too carried away because you will draw unwanted attention and will be putting yourself at risk!
Also, the prices for an alcoholic drink can be more than the cost of a meal in some countries, so your budget can quickly run out if you’re not careful.
Have any travel safety tips to add?
When it comes to travel safety tips, you can never have too many. If you’ve noticed, we missed some, feel free to add your own in the comments below. We love hearing from you guys and welcome any questions you have! 🙂
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