Normally the word "holiday" means relaxation and leaving your worries behind. However, sometimes things don't go the way one hopes. Below are a few tips to follow for travelling safely abroad so that your holiday is not a negative experience.
1. Check the official government website for travelers abroad.
The first precaution is to ascertain that the area you want to visit is not dangerous. The Bureau of Consular Affairs website issues travel warnings and alerts for people planning to travel abroad for business or pleasure. Covered items include criminal dangers, which areas should be avoided and which vaccines you should get. There is also a listing for emergency phone numbers and addresses you might need if you get into trouble in the foreign country.
2. Take out international health insurance.
International health insurance will enable you to have quality health care in an accredited hospital or clinic, should you need it. In some countries, health care is prohibitively expensive or subpar. International health insurance gives you peace of mind when travelling. In many cases, your regular health insurance will be able to provide the extra benefit at a nominal cost.
3. Protect your valuables.
When travelling in a country with a high crime rate, never keep all your money together. Separate your money into different wallets or packets. If you're robbed, You'll only lose a portion of your money, and you'll still have the means to return to your accommodation or even to continue your trip plans.
In the same way, losing original documents in a foreign country means difficult and time-consuming queues and procedures. Still, you do need to carry identification at all time. Carry only a photocopy of your documents and store a digital copy on your laptop or tablet. Keep the originals in a hotel safe or other secure place.
4. Choose safe transportation.
In some countries, illegal taxi drivers tempt foreigners into choosing their service by driving private vehicles designed to resemble official transportation. Travelers can get bilked out of money for excess fees, be driven to isolated areas where they are robbed, or worse. It is best to ask an official in the country about which are the safest and most reliable transportation companies in the area. To be certain you're safe, chose an airport shuttle that is run by your hotel. Once you safely arrive at the hotel, you can rely on your hotel staff to provide you with a list of safe taxi companies, such as Broadway Cab. Never pick up a taxi from the street. Always use the list you've been given.
In any case, enjoy yourself. Although there are risks involved with traveling abroad, travel should be undertaken with a sense of adventure. As long as you take a few precautions, you should have a pleasant trip.