Whether you travel once in a blue moon, or you’re a bit of a jet-setter, continue reading to discover how to travel safely.
How to Travel Safe:
1. Consider wrapping your suitcase with plastic wrap at the airport, in order to stop individuals from trying to smuggle items in your luggage
If you plan on traveling to countries which have strict laws surrounding drugs such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, it’s well worth having your luggage professionally wrapped with plastic wrap, when you arrive at your international airport. As that way, you can rest assured that no one will be able to tamper with your luggage before it passes through customs at your intended destination.
2. Place padlocks on all of the zips on your luggage
It’s also a wise move to place padlocks on all of the zips on your suitcase or backpack. To prevent anyone from trying to smuggle items into your luggage or trying to steal valuable items such as a laptop or money from your luggage!
3. Always invest in travel insurance
After spending a small fortune on a long haul international flight and accommodation, the last thing you may want to pay for is travel insurance. However, if any of your luggage ends up stolen or your passport ends up being stolen or you end up in a foreign hospital, you’ll be glad that you invested in travel insurance.
4. Stay at hotels which are located in safe, centrally located areas
One way to ensure your safety in the evenings is to stay at safe centrally located hotels which are brightly lit and attract plenty of foot traffic. As no matter how safe a destination is, it’s probably best not to stay in a quiet, dark area, which could make you a target for theft.
5. Carry your smartphone with you wherever you go
It’s well worth carrying your smartphone as by simply pulling out your smartphone in a dangerous situation, you should be able to deter dangerous individuals.
6. Don’t keep all of your money in the same place
One of the worst mistakes you can make when it comes to storing your credit cards and foreign cash is to keep all of your money in your wallet. Instead, hide some of your cash in your luggage and place a credit card in your hotel safe. That way if you’re targeted by a pickpocket, you won’t be left without funds to pay for your accommodation, food, and travel.
7. Form friendships with other travelers
If you plan on embarking on a fun-filled solo trip, it’s well worth forming friendships with your fellow single travelers as there is generally added safety in numbers. Especially, if you hope to explore a new destination’s bustling nightlife.
8. If you travel to a high-risk country be sure to inform the proper authorities
Make sure to inform the proper authorities such as government agencies to register your trip, before you choose to visit a high-risk country such as Syria or Saudi Arabia.
If you follow the safety guidelines listed above, you should be able to drastically increase your chances of staying safe, whilst traveling.