10 travel safety tips abroad

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10 travel safety tips abroad

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The summer holidays are here and for a lot of people that means traveling, exploring and having a well-deserved relaxing break away, often abroad. Sometimes however things don’t go to plan but not to worry we’ve put together 10 travel safety tips for you to keep in mind before you jet off.

  1.  Health concerns

Check to see if there are any current health concerns in the country you are visiting. You should also be aware of any immunisations that you may need to get before your trip starts. If you are concerned about your health before you travel then you should check with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough.

  1. Split your valuables up

You shouldn’t carry everything in the same place. It’s easier to keep everything together in one bag, i.e. your wallet, extra money, phone, passport or ID, but avoid doing this. If you were to lose that one bag or worse should somebody steal it then you could be left with nothing and this could potentially ruin your holiday.

  1. Plan out your journey wisely

Make an itinerary and ensure that you’ve double checked your flight, train or bus times so that you don’t miss your departure. As well you should always book your travel through a reputable company to avoid any potential scams or other situations.

  1. Check the weather

The majority of people check the weather before they go on holiday to determine whether they should pack their shorts and t-shirts or jumpers and coats. When traveling abroad it’s always easy to assume that the weather is going to be predictably warm, depending where you go, but check just in case!

  1. Make a ‘to do’ list

Write down a list of things that you have to do before you leave. This could be from printing out your check-in tickets to ensuring that you have someone to look after your beloved pets. This will help avoid the “Oh, did I do that?” when you’re sat at the airport or are 300 miles away. You’ll be able to enjoy your holiday stress free, knowing that your list has been completed.

  1. Understand food and water risks

Trying and tasting the local food is always a must, however, it’s important to remember that your stomach may not be able to adapt to sudden changes so quickly. Ease yourself into the local cuisine to avoid a dodgy tummy. You should also check to see if the water is safe to drink, if not find out where the nearest shop is so that you can stock up.

  1. Tell your bank you’re going abroad and use ATM’s wisely

Some bank providers ask that you tell them before you go abroad, so that if you make a transaction in a different country then they know it’s you and they shouldn’t block your card for any unusual activity.

  1. Learn common and local travel scams

You should know what to look out for when it comes to local travel scams. This could be from taxi drivers overcharging tourists to buying fake services and goods. It’s good to have a balance between being wary of a situation and trusting somebody, but ensure that you analyse everything and remember that you don’t have to say yes to anything.

  1. Learn some of the common language

It is really helpful to learn some basic words when traveling abroad or have a handy guide which tells you some common phrases. This can help you if you ever get lost and need to know where the nearest bus station is or how you can get back to your hotel.

  1. Get the appropriate travel insurance

Ensure that you take out the correct travel insurance when you visit somewhere abroad as unexpected costs can rise if you need urgent medical treatment or if your bags have been lost or stolen.

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