Travelling abroad safety tips – particularly for women, are incredibly crucial to know. We often buy our travel insurance and fret the flight, without contemplating terrible experiences which could happen in the beautiful locations we fantasise about for months on end.
Having discussed essential travel tips, I now want to focus on protection and awareness. Why? Maybe I’ve heard one to many horror stories. Or maybe when I recently found myself lost in the dark in Barcelona, I realised how naïve my holiday mind is. Do we wear a halo on vacation, which says I’m having the best time of my life, and so nothing can hurt me?
Research your destination’s security
The world’s our oyster, and there’s a substantial amount of it to see. Before choosing your destination however, its worth researching the most risky places to visit. Turkey, Brazil and Egypt are just some of the dangerous countries listed here. This linked article gives information on why particular countries are unsafe, especially for female travellers. If you do decide to travel to a country which is seen as currently unstable or with a lack of peace, ensure you thoroughly educate yourself on the no-go areas, and where other tourists recommend to stay.
The Sengkang HDB estate in Singapore, is considered of one of the safest places in the world. Additionally, it’s renowned for being one of the most hygienic. Here you should find traditional neighbourhoods mixed with modern architect, along with a fantastic nightlife scene. Another safe option is Iceland. I would love to eventually fly here, because the Northern Lights and blue lagoons look too good to miss.
Regardless of where you travel, there will always be safer neighbourhoods and areas, even in the most secure countries. My best friend who has seen just about everywhere, always tells me to look up the different transport available, and to take extra currency to keep hidden until towards the end of a trip. This can end up being used for a taxi to the airport or food on the last day – it might used as emergency.
I’ve learnt overtime, trying to pack all my summer wardrobe for a vacation, is simply not worth it. Unnecessary items are better left at home. This packing list can help. The less you carry – the less you lose. Check with your accommodation to see whether electrical items such as a hairdryer is provided. On another note, do not forget a plug converter. I find airports sell these quite cheap.
With the above in mind, try to avoid flaunting valuable items. Would-be muggers instantly see you as an easy target if you are carelessly showing money or making it easily known you’re carrying expensive jewellery. Phones, cash and credit cards are needed valuables, but there are ways to hide them without being noticed.
Beware of trusting people
From my travelling abroad safety tips, this point in particular holds personal experience. From all too friendly taxi drivers who increase the price of fares – once realising you are a tourist, to innocent photographers who run off with your phone after agreeing to take a snap – this happened to a friend.
Con artists know exactly how to gain your trust; most-likely waiting for a moment to rob you and vanish. Take note of these common travel scams. I love meeting locals and mixing myself in with a true community, yet I also know to keep my wits about me – including when drinking.
Prepare for the worse
Travel insurance is a basic precaution I believe everyone should take. I advocate comparison sites and tracking the best deals, as there’s usually a big gap in prices. I dislocated my shoulder in Dubai, so you never know what can occur.
It’s not just medical needs – these travelling abroad safety tips, are nothing without mentioning simple precautions like making sure your travel insurance covers the value of your items, writing down your travel insurance details – incase you lose your phone, and making sure you don’t break the law without knowing – check beforehand. Also, keep the contact details for your home country’s embassy in your phone or on paper.
Blend in with the locals
When I went to Paris, my outfits were minimal, simple and chic – well, at the time I thought they were. In Barcelona, I was told I was an obvious tourist because people round my area didn’t wear red lipstick or get overly dressed up in the evening. These little details are significant. Ibiza too, heels are worn for day parties but flats for evening.
Knowing these things, will make you feel more local and probably more comfortable. These travelling abroad safety tips, are knowledgable to know, though they should never put you off getting lost out there in beautiful scenery.
What travelling abroad safety tips do you recommend?