As you’ve probably figured by now, I think travelling is one of the greatest experiences anyone can have. While most of the world isn’t especially dangerous, running into serious trouble while abroad can be horrible. If you don’t speak the local language, or have much orientation, then recovering from theft or other misfortunes can be extremely tough. Most of us are lucky enough to avoid this. However, it’s always good to keep certain precautions in mind.
Be sure to prepare for any illness or injury while you’re abroad. This is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my travels. No matter how bad you are with needles, get all the recommended vaccinations for the country you’re visiting. Be sure to get all the right health insurance too. If you’re visiting anywhere in the European Economic Area, then you’ll need a European Health Insurance card. You can order these through Europe EHIC Services Ltd. Aside from this, do some research on common illnesses that might be prevalent in the country you’re going to. Western tourists are famous in India for getting nasty bugs, so stock up on the proper antibiotics!
If you’ve travelled enough, you’ll get into the habit of certain checks. However, if you’re new to the whole experience, make a point of glancing back whenever you’re leaving somewhere. You might not be the type to carelessly leave our things lying around anyway, but travelling can be very distracting. If you’re not used to being out of your home country, then be particularly careful. It’s easy to forget certain things while you’re soaking up a culture that’s completely new to you. I’ve heard countless stories about people leaving a bag with all their documentation and money outside pavement cafes. This can cast a heavy gloom over your entire trip, so stay vigilant!
Finally, avoid being flash in impoverished countries. Some of the poorest economies are situated in some of the most beautiful areas of the world. Being a western tourist is usually bad enough in particularly run-down areas. To reduce your risk of theft, keep your wealth on the down low. Leave your diamond jewellery at home or in your hotel room, and avoid carrying around expensive pieces of tech. Across the world, most muggers are more interested in what you’re carrying than hurting you. Still, if you attract the wrong criminal, your trip could end up being nightmarish. Don’t carry too much cash on you, and wear nondescript clothes if you can bear it. It may also be worth buying a cheap phone for use on your holiday.
I hope I haven’t scared you off of your upcoming adventure! Yes, there are risks involved in any kind of travel. By taking these simple precautions, you’ll be upping your chances of having a smooth, trouble-free trip. Wherever you’re going, don’t let paranoia ruin your experience. Illness or being a victim of theft may be more likely in certain places. Still, it’s bound to be pretty improbable! Be careful and health-conscious, but most importantly enjoy the trip.