Travelling the world is one of the most liberating experiences anyone can have, and those with the time and money to do so are incredibly fortunate. But how can you stay safe when travelling?
Nothing compares to the freedom to explore beautiful landscapes, wander through historic cities and experience new foods and cultures and fear for your safety shouldn’t put you off from these adventures. Everyone should take the opportunity to go travelling at some point in their lives.
The many benefits of exploring the world
Travel takes you out of your comfort zone, broadens your mind, and makes you more tolerant and understanding of other people and cultures. But these benefits do come with some minimal risk. Some travellers come back from their holidays with stories of being robbed or scammed, while others end up contracting horrible illnesses or injuries.
In general, most of the world is safe for travellers, but there is always some risk wherever you go. After all, you can get mugged walking down your own street.
So don’t let worries about safety deter you from your travel plans. Whether you’re travelling to Roma Qld, Malaysia, or the Swiss Alps, as long as you take various precautions, you can avoid anything bad from happening to you.
Here are a few tips to stay safe when travelling.
Let someone know your plans
Whether you’re alone or with friends, you should always let someone know your travel itinerary. This way, if something bad happens to you such as getting lost on a wilderness hike or your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere, someone can alert the authorities to your location. Keep your travel plan with a trusted friend or family member and keep them updated through your trip if plans change.
Get travel insurance
With any trip, there are so many things that can go wrong, either to your health, your belongings, or your travel plans. It’s a good idea to have insurance to protect you if unforeseen circumstances disrupt your holiday.
Many travellers neglect to take out a travel insurance policy, preferring to save their money and keep their fingers crossed that nothing will go wrong. Don’t take the risk.
If something was to happen – perhaps you need medical assistance or your expensive camera gets stolen – you’ll be able to receive compensation. Research different travel insurance providers to ensure you get the best deal, and read the terms and conditions carefully to watch for any loopholes and hidden fees.
Research common scams
Many popular tourist destinations are full of scammers ready to swindle vulnerable travellers out of their money. Depending on where in the world you are, these scams will vary, and they can often take tourists by surprise.
Common scams include being handed free merchandise and then being asked to pay for it, broken taxi meters, and fraudulent police who will take your ID then make you pay to get it back. Research the common scams in your location and keep a watchful eye to avoid them.
Wear appropriate clothing
Some places in the world have very traditional, conservative views on clothing, particularly when it comes to women. Avoid any confrontation by researching local dress etiquette in your destination and choosing your wardrobe accordingly.
We hope these tips to stay safe when travelling will give you confidence to explore new countries in a post-COVID world (whenever that happens!)