Feel the panic grow as your travel date draws near?
Relax… you are not the only one who feels this way before heading out for a big adventure. There are hundreds of things you “think” you need to take care of, which is probably what puts you in the panic mode.
Here are three things you should keep in mind to travel safe:
Checklist. Checklist. CHECKLIST.
Alright, let’s begin:
Preparing for the Trip
- Print your itinerary now, before you start packing. This will help you pack the right things, which is better than sitting on your suitcase and trying to close it as if your life depends on it.
- Pack light because nobody wants to see random embarrassing stuff coming out of your suitcase, when it is checked at the airport.
- Keep the ticket, itinerary, passport, credit card, cash and identification card in a separate bag.
Your First Adventure
- You might get homesick. It’s ok to miss the comfort of your bed and other things but don’t let it take over your trip.
- Eating alone is completely normal! Your first dinner alone at a restaurant will give you this peaceful feeling that you will come to love the silence.
- Use social media to keep family and friends updated, so that your father doesn’t think that you are living the plotline of “Taken”.
- All those hostel stories you have heard are not true (well most of them). If you are on a low budget, then look into a hostel.
- Spontaneity is fun. Don’t think about a slight change in plans to death.
- The 101 of the travel safe checklist: take the basic medicines with you such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough drops, mild laxative, aspirin, Band-Aids, daily multi-vitamin, hand sanitizer, Benadryl and a thermometer.
- One of the things that most people don’t carry is cash, which is a huge mistake. Some hotels might not charge credit cards, which will leave you stranded.
- Do check your online statement from time to time. Since you are using your card in a foreign country, you might see some discrepancies in the statement.
- Save all your receipts, especially those of big purchases.
- Depending on where you are planning to go, make sure you have different types of currencies with one major currency, which will work in all countries.
- See someone approaching you for the taxi, even before you have exited the airport doors? Walk a little further down the line to get a better deal on the fare.
- Avoid taking local taxis for safety reasons. Do we need to remind you about Taken again?
- Don’t rely on the taxi driver to take you to your exact location. There’s a high possibility they might drive you around the block again and again, just to charge a high fare. Turn on your GPS and direct the driver yourself to travel safe.
- If you are travelling solo, it’s ok to make friends but don’t depend on them.
- If you feel uncomfortable with someone, do not let them tag along out of guilt. Be firm and say NO.
- Taking pictures is a big part of your trip but other people might not like it. Before taking a picture of someone, ask.
- Respect every place’s culture because some people get easily offended.
- Avoid making hand gestures because in some places, they don’t have the same meaning.
- DO NOT call someone a local. Just because they don’t speak English, doesn’t mean that you can be mean to them.
- Be careful where you eat at. Although you have taken the right vaccinations, there’s still a possibility that you might get food poisoning. Try eating in high-class areas where hygiene is maintained.
Bryan Mills delivered a stunning story in Taken and made us realize that there are still some things in the world that are rampant. In order to travel safe, you need to be vigilant. As a tourist, people will try to take advantage of you, so before you set out on your adventure, read up on the places you will visit and be prepared beforehand. To learn about how to travel safe, join our travel club.