As you probably all know I love to travel; exploring the world and experiencing new things is very important to me. Whether for work or for pleasure, when it comes to trips away, safety needs to be a priority. You’ve got to be sensible and ensure you’re going to be safe at all times in this strange new place you're visiting to ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable break.
So, I’ve come up with a short list of suggestions that I think you can use. These will help you to work toward having a safer vacation. Try to bear these in mind when you decide to book your trip, as well as when you’re there.
Travel With Friends
Safety in numbers is the phrase that springs to mind. Sure, if you’re a seasoned traveller you’ll have no qualms about travelling on your own. But, if you’re fairly new to the vacation experience abroad I’d advise you go with friends or family. Many of the places will be very different culturally to what you’re used to. As such, you need to make sure you are in a safe environment, and surrounded by people you know. This will help you transition much better.
Find the Essentials as Soon as You Arrive
One of the first things I do when I arrive at my destination is to scope out the essentials. And I suggest you make this a priority for your vacation as well. You need to think about things that will make you feel much safer. Scope out where the nearest police station is, and where the hospital is. These are essential things that you’ll need to know. Find out where they are in relation to your hotel. Knowing where these things are is going to give you a much better sense of safety.
Research Thoroughly Beforehand
You should never go into anything unprepared, and I look at my vacations in much the same way. That’s why I suggest you research thoroughly before you go. You need to find out about areas to avoid, places that are the safest, and become familiar with where you’re going. For instance, you can use this website to do some research about Africa if you're going there. That way you’ll be knowledgeable before you arrive. I should note that a lot of these places are going to be very culturally different than what you're used to. So you need to know about these differences for your own safety.
Always Let Someone Know Where You Are
Of course, the key to safety anywhere is common sense. And when I’m abroad I always make sure I let someone know where I am. I call a friend or family member each day to check in. If you’re worried about roaming charges, you can always use a pay phone. Or try to connect to the Wi-Fi wherever you’re staying and send a message. This is an essential security step, and one that I now do instinctively.
Okay, guys, you’ve reached the end, and hopefully I’ve given you some useful tips. I love going on vacation, and sometimes I even love to go on my own. But whatever you choose, remember that he point of a vacation is to unwind and have some fun, so you don’t want to be worrying about your safety. Follow these tips, and have the best holiday possible!
*This post was contributed by a guest blogger