Travel should be an enriching and precious experience, however these days we do have to look at the safety aspects, and make sure our travels are not only safe, but also timed correctly. Checking information on the internet and listening to what people are telling you on official websites is always the way to go, and don’t just listen to hear ‘say and chit chat.
Aside from taking heed of advice, how can we make sure our travels are safe?
Well, it comes down to research and common sense basically.
1) Don’t leave your brain at the airport
All too often, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and think that everyone who smiles at you is your friend, or that bike is a good idea to get on without a helmet. If it is something you wouldn’t normally do at home, don’t even think about it being a good idea whilst you’re away. If you’re out of your comfort zone, and out of your normal surroundings, then a situation is ten times more dangerous.
2) Watch your alcohol measures
Measures of alcohol can be much stronger overseas, than what you’re used to in your home country. Again, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, however just being alcohol aware will help. Maybe nominate one person to stay sober each evening, to make sure everyone gets back home together and safely.
3) Make sure someone is aware of your whereabouts
There are plenty of ways to stay in touch these days, not least the Internet. Make sure someone knows your whereabouts at all times, and have your phone charged up for use in the event of an emergency.
4) Make sure you have adequate insurance
Purchase adequate insurance for your travels, and carry a copy of the number at all times, maybe stored in your phone for easy access. Remember to declare any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. This will drive the price up a little, but it’s not worth travelling without this, as if you become ill as a result of something you didn’t declare, you won’t be covered. Simply shop around.
5) Stay healthy
Don’t drink the local water, stick to bottled water, remember sun safety, don’t take unnecessary risks with your health, and check out any requirements before you go away in terms of vaccinations or anti-malaria medication. With all that covered, you should have a happy and healthy holiday.