Five Essential Safety Tips For Traveling Abroad

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Whether you're traveling to villas in Tuscany or a hotel room in Paris, safety is the top priority for any traveler that's going abroad.  Being safe while traveling abroad doesn't have to be difficult, if you use your common sense and trust your instincts you can have a great vacation.  If you're going to be traveling abroad for your vacation, remember to follow these five tips.

Separate Your Money Sources

When you're at home you keep all of your bank cards, credit cards, and cash in your wallet, but you should avoid doing that when you're traveling abroad.  If your wallet gets lost or stolen when you're away, you could find yourself stranded without any money.  Keep at least one credit card or bank card in a different place, preferably back at wherever you're staying.

Make Copies of Important Documents

Some people used to make photocopies of their important documents like their passport or birth certificate.  It's still good to have copies of important documents, but instead of printing them on paper scan them and save them on your computer.  Email them to yourself so you'll always have a copy when you need it. 

Be Wary With New "Friends"

There's nothing wrong with making friends when you're on vacation, but you should think twice about going to new and strange places with people you've just met.  People who are traveling abroad should be wary of local scam artists who work by befriending tourists so that they can rob them later.  The Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree has a variety of threads devoted to warning fellow travelers about the scams they could encounter.  Before you travel, see what local scams could be occurring where you're traveling.

Check Certifications

Before you take that scuba diving course or bungee jump, make sure that you make sure that the operators have legitimate qualifications and have a good safety record.  Some tourists get lured into some of these specialty services because of their low price, but the low price tag may be because the people running it aren't qualified to do so.

Leave Expensive Items at Home

You may have always dreamed of wearing your $1200 diamond bracelet on your vacation, but if you want to stay safe you should leave all of your expensive personal possessions at home.  Aside from the fact that you could lose them, wearing expensive jewelry or taking pictures with a costly camera makes you look like an attractive target for thieves.

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