Travel safety is always a top priority for us from choosing travel insurance, to researching countries or being vigilant in crowds. We love James' tips.
Whether you’re just about to pack your bags and embark on a world trip or you’d like to visit Europe for a couple of weeks, there are a few things you should be aware of and apply when on the road so as to make your trips safer and more fun.
1. Don’t put all your money in one place
Just as the saying goes with all eggs in one basket, the same applies to money. If you keep all your money, credit cards and other valuables in your wallet, then what would you do if you lose it or it gets stolen? Separate the money and put some in your jacket, wallet or in different bags. The same goes with credit cards if you have several of them. Splitting your money will ensure that you won’t be left without any funds in a far corner of the world.
2. Scan your important documents
While losing your money in a foreign country is not a fun experience, losing your passport and other important documents can quickly turn into a nightmare. There is no way to prove who you are, you can’t go to a bank and you’d probably have to wait near the local embassy for weeks. Make sure you scan all your documents and you can print them if you want and keep them into another bag. Or you could scan them and send them to your email address, that way even if you lose all your bags you can still get to them later on.
3. Get all the important vaccines
If you’re going to some countries in Africa or others where there is a risk of getting diseases you should make sure to get all the important vaccines. Doing so will ensure that you won’t spend half of your vacation in a hospital while feeling miserable.
4. Avoid dangerous activities when abroad
If you don’t know how to drive a scooter then learning it abroad may not be the best idea. These are high risk activities that could get you seriously injured or worse and you also don’t want to end up in a hospital with little facilities or pay thousands of dollars for treatment.
5. Get travel insurance
While there are a few things you can do to prevent certain accidents or to stay out of trouble, sometimes things happen that are out of your control. Extreme weather events, flight delays, theft or illness can all put an end to your trip. Even if you can still continue your trip, some things such as paying for hospital bills or replacing a part of your luggage can run into thousands of dollars. Why not get travel insurance and get the peace of mind knowing that you are covered for unexpected events? With a good insurance policy, you can rest assured that most if not all financial losses related to expenses that are normally not refundable won’t be paid out of your own pocket.
Follow these tips and make sure you stay safe during your travels and, most importantly, try to use common sense every time you stumble upon a difficult situation.
James Long use to work in travel insurance before deciding travel was more fun. He now lives a nomadic life visiting a different country every month.