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5 Essential Travel Safety Tips

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The world is filled with wonderful places. Today, more people than ever travel the world in search of relaxation, fun, or enlightenment. However, traveling is not without risk, and some places are a lot more dangerous than others.

When you are traveling to a foreign country, you want to enjoy the trip but to do that you have to stay safe. Learn how with these 5 essential travel safety tips!

1. Prepare Your Trip

Regardless of your destination, it’s important to plan out and prepare for your trip before leaving the comfort of your home. The internet is your friend when it comes to planning a great itinerary.

The State Department has useful information for every country on Earth. This info includes everything from how much money you can carry on you, to potential terrorist threats. Sites like Tripadvisor can help you find fun things to do and great places to eat.

Also note down telephone numbers for local ambulance and police services, as well as the local embassy. It’s a good idea to take notes and print out your itinerary so you know what to do and where to go each day of your journey.

2. Learn to Avoid Common Scams

Con artists exist in every country in the world. Wherever you go, you always run the risk of encountering scammers who are eager to relieve you of your valuables.

Thankfully, most scams are easy to avoid when you know how they work. From broken taxi meters to ‘helpful’ strangers and fake police officers, it’s important to know what might happen to your trip.

Take your time to read about the various scams that trick tourists each year. These scams are relatively rare, but they can happen to anyone, anywhere.

3. Protect Your Assets and Bring Only What You Need

When traveling abroad, bring with you only what you need. The more stuff and documents you carry around, the more likely you are to misplace them.

Your passport, your tickets, your telephone, and your wallet are crucially important to have a fun trip, but also to help you leave in case something goes wrong.

If any of the above items is stolen during your trip, you will need the aid of a criminal lawyer to have any hope of recovering it. So, always keep these items safe, either on your person or locked in a safe.

4. Don’t Stand Out

Don’t look like a tourist if you can help it. There are many telltale signs that distinguish tourists from locals. The more you blend in, the less likely you are to get in trouble. A camera around your neck, a foldable map, and tourist gifts, all show the world that you are a tourist.

5. Indulge Responsibly

Finally, make sure you control how much you drink while traveling. Getting drunk in public may land you in jail in some countries. The same holds true for other indulgences that might be illegal in your destination, which brings us back to our first point: read up on the place you are visiting!

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