Global travel is a funny old thing. So many of us are so desperate to do it, yet we put it off because we’re scared – scared of what might happen to us in an unfamiliar place, scared of the situations we could get into, scared of the people we might meet. The truth is that you’re just as likely or unlikely to get into serious trouble abroad as you are at home. Of course there are dangers – you could get into a road accident on holiday, you could trip or fall, you could get mugged or assaulted. There are dangers involved with travelling the world but the vast majority of these dangers are nothing more than the same risks that you face every day at home, says Lonely Planet journalist Mark Broadhead.
Admittedly, there are some regions of the world that are safer than others. Yet once again, there are some regions of Britain that are safer than others. You should never avoid fulfilling your travel dreams and ambitions just because you’re scared of a little risk. As long as you’re sensible, thoughtful and rational – there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t travel the world safely. Here are a few handy tips and tricks which you can use to keep yourself safe whilst travelling.
Separate Your Valuables
This is a very important tip and can mean the difference between losing everything and just losing a couple of quid and a train ticket. Whilst you’re travelling, try to avoid carrying all of your valuables and important items in just the one place. So, split up credit and debit cards. Don’t carry your passport or camera in the same pocket or bag as your money and never store valuables in a back pocket. If anybody steals anything from you – chances are, they’re going to be a pickpocket and they’re going to go for one pocket only. You might end up losing a couple of pounds but you’ll hold on to your camera, wallet and debit cards, say the experts at Independent Traveler.com.
Avoid Using ATM Machines At Night
If you can, draw out all of the money that you’ll need for the day in one go, at one location. Do it at an ATM in a public, well lit place and separate your cash once you have received it. If you cannot avoid using an ATM machine after dark – complete your transaction in the most crowded place you can find and store your money out of sight, as quickly as you can.
Scan Your Documents
It’s a good idea to have a photocopy of all of your important documents – that means your passport, your insurance paperwork, your tickets and any visas that might apply. These days, it’s an even better idea to have a digital backup as well, says About.com journalist Lois Friedland.
Trust Your Instincts
It’s always nice to meet new people. In fact, isn’t that one of the main reasons why people travel around the world in the first place – to meet new people from cultures that are different to their own? There’s nothing wrong with trying to make friends whilst travelling but you must exercise caution. Most con-men and small time thieves are successful because they play on a traveller’s emotions – they act as a victim in need of help, they pretend to be offering assistance or they just try to engage you in what seems like an innocent conversation. Unfortunately, there’s no sure fire way to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys. The best thing that you can do is use your instincts – if it feels wrong or unsafe in any way, it probably is.
Arrange Travel Insurance
You should never embark on overseas travel without being covered by an appropriate Worldwide insurance policy. There are literally thousands of great travel insurance companies to choose from online, or you can take out a policy with your local bank or supermarket. These days, travel insurance is isn’t an expensive luxury – it’s an affordable necessity.
Author Bio: Kevin Maddox has been backpacking around the world for the last two years. He never travels without a reliable, affordable Worldwide Insurance policy. Kevin currently works as a bartender in Australia but is planning to travel to Peru and Paraguay in the next three months.