Soaking in other cultures, viewing breathtaking landmarks, and meeting new people are just some of the addictive concepts of traveling. But, even the most seasoned travelers could benefit from being a little bit more careful when globetrotting.
Here are just some tips on what you can do to stay safe while traveling!
Choose your Destination Wisely
Before even booking your trip, it's important to do your research and learn about the safety and security of your destination. In addition to knowing the Covid status of the country, you should check out if there are any existing travel advisories. Try to find out the requirements for entering the country, local laws, crime rate, if there are some areas or towns you should avoid, and if there's any civil unrest. Furthermore, take note of the location of your origin country's embassy. To find out specifics on traveling abroad, visit the U.S. Department of State Travel website.
Get Travel Insurance
Once you've booked your flight and accommodations, do yourself a favor and get some travel insurance. No matter how close to home you are, how organized you think you are, or how safe your destination is, you should be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. From medical emergencies, lost or damaged property, to trip cancellation or interruption, there are many plans to choose from. Plus, often you can customize your plan based on your coverage and deductible. When traveling anywhere in the world, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Make a Copy of All Important Documents
We all know how difficult it is to replace any official or government documents, so before you leave, try to make paper copies and store them online. Keep them somewhere safe or leave them with a trusted friend or family member. This way, it'll be easier to replace any identification and will ensure that you can make it back home.
Give Someone your Itinerary
Be sure to let someone know your basic travel plans. Include details like flight times, flight dates, accommodations, locations, and anything else you can think of. These are all good pieces of information for your loved ones to keep handy just in case.
Keep Your Possessions Safe While Exploring
Another useful accessory to have while traveling is a small and secure bag or pouch that fits close to your body. While you're out and about, bring only the bare necessities. You need a bag that doesn't scream that you're a tourist and something you can easily keep your hands on. Leave all the extra cash, identification, and electronics you have at your hotel. Having said that, if possible, keep those things in either a safe, locked up, or hidden somewhere.
Do as the Locals Do
Stereotypical-looking tourists are easy targets for theft and scam artists. While traveling, try to keep a low profile. Don't announce the details of your travel plans to just anyone. You should try to blend in with the locals and wear clothing that doesn't attract attention. Also, if you get lost or are unsure of your surroundings, ask the right people for help or guidance. Seeking directions from families is usually a safe bet. If you do need to consult a map, try to do it inconspicuously. The more confident you act, the less you look like gullible prey for people to exploit. Remember, fake it 'till you make it.
Trust your Instincts
Always trust your gut feeling and use your common sense. The things you could get away with back home may not be accepted when traveling abroad. If you're having a bad feeling about something, stop what you're doing or leave the area immediately. Hang out at more populous spots. Find well-lit roads and paths to use or do more of your walking in the daytime. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Practice Covid Safety
Given the current situation, of course we need to include some fundamental Covid safety tips! Wear a mask in large, crowded areas and while commuting. Bring a travel-size hand sanitizer to use wherever there's no running water. Wash your hands as often as you can. If you experience any Covid-like symptoms, try to get a Covid test as soon as possible.
Thankfully, Solgaard travel gear is designed to fit your on-the-go lifestyle. Some bags and accessories come with anti-theft locks and chargers to optimize your travel experience and give you one less thing to worry about. The Solgaard squad believes you shouldn't live in fear when you're visiting a new place. Just practice caution, be smart and do your research. Follow these tips and you'll become a travel pro soon enough!