Travel to Foreign Countries Safety Tips

travelTraveling offers many perks. For one, there’s the enriching part. For another, it is a cure to many human afflictions – exhaustion, fatigue, stress, boredom, among many.

But there are risks to traveling, especially to foreign countries. Tourists often fall prey to snatchers and extortionists hoping to make a quick buck on foreign visitors.

To protect yourself at all times, here are a few safety tips:

Safety in numbers

Tour groups have this advantage. Also, you won’t have to worry about getting around. On the down side, tour groups usually follow a rigid schedule. To maximize the time, tour groups fit in as much sightseeing as possible. Which leaves you with very little time to enjoy yourself and the city/cities you are visiting.

But regardless of whether you are traveling as part of a tour group, or with your family/friends or by yourself, you must take the following precautions:

  • Wear a money belt under your shirt.

  • Leave your passport/s and other important documents in the hotel safe.

  • Dress inconspicuously. Or better yet copy the local dress code, so as not to draw attention to yourself.

  • Learn some basic words in their language. Words like hello, thank you, excuse me, please, good bye are some of the most commonly used. Learning how to speak "which way to" in their language can be extremely helpful too.

  • Learn about the country you’ll be visiting. Aside from hotels, restaurants and sightseeing attractions, you should be informed about local customs, maps of the city/cities, and of course safe areas.

  • Use your credit card whenever possible. It’s a lot more convenient because you won’t have to worry about currency conversion, and you won’t have to worry about not getting short changed either.

  • From the airport, get a taxi from an authorized stand. Check if the cab is licensed. Agree on a fare rate before getting in. You can also take taxis to get around the city. Some countries have shuttle buses that take tourists from airports to hotels, and around the city as well. Check their websites for rates and routes.

  • Lastly, check to know the latest travel warnings issued by the US.

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