Tips For Keeping Safe When Traveling Abroad

Traveling abroad can be an amazing experience that opens you mind to new customs, architecture, food and experiences. But, it can also be dangerous if you are not prepared for your adventure. Before heading out, follow the tips below to make sure you are as covered as possible for any potential problems.

Do your research on the fashions, laws and customs of the country and region you are visiting. The world is a very big place, and laws and customs vary from country to country and even region to region. Before arriving, know what you are getting into by studying up on the country-specific and local laws of your final destination. This can save you from embarrassment and, at worst, jail time. Create multiple copies of your important documents and digitize them as a backup. Your passport, visa and license are your life raft when traveling abroad. WIthout them, or, at the minimum, copies of them, you could find yourself very alone if problems occur. Therefore, make multiple photocopies of these documents and place them in various locations. Have at least two copies with you, one always on your person and another in your luggage. Keep another at your home and give one to a close friend or relative prior to leaving on your trip. As well, digitize these documents and save them to your email or a cloud-based document system, so you can access them in a worst case scenario. Yes, it may seem paranoid, but you'll be happy you have these copies available if any issue arises.

Before you go, know the address, phone numbers, web addresses and emails of any embassy or military base associated with your country. If something does occur and you need help, these are the places you can turn to without hesitation. Having them available immediately can make a big difference during any crisis. Beware dressing out of place or flaunting your wealth. If you dress like a tourist and show off your expensive jewelry and technology, you are making yourself more likely to be marked by anyone up to foul play. It may be rare that anything happens, but it is best to be careful. This doesn't mean don't enjoy yourself and lock up the nice camera you bought for your experience. Just be careful and judge when and where to use it based off of the context of your current surroundings.

Do your research on the water quality before you go. Water quality can vary drastically from destination to destination. The last thing you want is to be stuck in your room sick to your stomach, so research the water quality prior to drinking any of it. If you are unsure, always defer to bottled water just to be safe. Don't announce your host hotel or your travel plans in public locations or to strangers. You don't know who may be listening, so keep this information to yourself. Even if the person seems jovial and kind, it is best to err on the side of caution. If you do publicly discuss your travel plans and then notice anything suspicious, remain calm and talk to an official as soon as you can.

With these tips, you are ready to make the most out of your trip abroad. You can enjoy the amazing experience while feeling secure that you are as prepared as possible for most problems that may arise. Now, get out there and enjoy the world around you!

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