Traveling is fun. Few things offer the exhilarating relief and excitement, that you get from leaving your country to investigate the cultural peculiarities of another.
How well you enjoy your holiday will depend on your destination and your preparation.
This article is about the second. If you are planning a trip this holiday, the following are a few important tips that can make all the difference.
1. Spread your Cash
During your trip, you will get the urge to keep your money, credit card and essentials all in one place, like a wallet or purse. Do not do it. Keeping all your valuables together may seem like a shrewd way of organizing your items, but it is not. It exposes you to greater risk. If your wallet should be stolen, or you misplace it, you will find yourself stuck in a foreign country, with no money, and worse—with no friends or relatives nearby.
2. Keep Digital Records
In the past, most travelers carried photocopies of their passport, visa, travel insurance and similar travel documents, so that they could always turn to them if anything came up. But you can do one better. Instead of traveling with photocopies, scan your travel documents and then mail them to yourself. This way, if you should misplace any original, you'll be able to easily download a copy from your email, from any location in the world.
3. Keep your Wallet close to you
Sticking your wallet in your back pocket may feel cool and trendy. However, it is exactly what most pickpockets count on. Carrying your wallet, this way exposes you to the risk of theft. An accidental bump in the street or the middle of a flea market and your wallet is gone. The same thing goes for waist packs. Walking around the street with a fanny pack is simply asking for trouble. Instead of carrying your wallet in your back pocket, carry it in your inside front pocket, where it is a lot harder for people to steal. You can also protect yourself against other risks by ensuring that your purse or wallet is waterproof. This way, if you should be caught in a drizzle, you will know your valuables are protected.
4. Be wary of using your credit card at an internet café
Use your credit card carefully. It is best to avoid keying your information in public cafes altogether. They may have key-logging applications, which store your key strokes, allowing the owners to steal your credit card details. But if you must use a cyber café, you can protect yourself from identity theft by launching several browsers and then typing in false passwords and credit card information into different windows.
5. Keep your belongings close to you
Do not leave your camera on the table while you are going to the bathroom. Sure, it is unhygienic, but it is easier to fight off germs than it is to replace your stolen camera. Always keep your bag and belongings somewhere you can easily see. Never hang your bag behind you while seated at a café. Do not trust strangers to watch your items while you 'step out for a bit'. The world is not full of criminals. However, that does not mean you cannot run into some.
6. Do not play with stray animals
Never pat a stray dog or cat, regardless of how cute they may look. It is an easy way of picking up a nasty infection. The cat may pass across along a virus or the dog may infect you with something nasty like rabies. The same is true for birds. Unless the pets belong to a friend, or someone you know, keep your distance from animals.
7. Do not argue with robbers
Do not try to be a hero. If you ever find yourself in the unpleasant situation of being robbed, hand over your items without a fight. Fighting back only worsens the situation. Simply give the robber your wallet, watch and anything they ask for. Live to fight for another day. Make sure that you report the incidence to the police, which will help when you file for insurance.
8. Get vaccinated - It does not hurt
However, even if it did, a tiny prick will hurt you a lot less than a nasty infection. Before you leave on your trip, do some research to find out the common health risks around the area you are visiting and get the recommended immunization for each. A little precaution can go a long way. It can also save you thousands of dollars in medical bills.
9. Do not draw attention to your wealth
Walking around the market with a gold chain around your neck? That is a bad idea. So also is carrying an expensive camera or walking with your iPad down a lonely street. Crime does not go on vacation just because you are on holiday. Do not do things you would not do at home. In fact, be twice as cautious. It may also be a good idea to opt for budget accomodations in small countries, to avoid being too obvious a target for thieves.
10. Do not take unnecessary risks
Same as above. Do not try anything you would not have tried at home. If you cannot swim, then do not go scuba diving. If you have no experience skiing, stay away from the Alps. Only consider such options after you have had time to train at home. For instance, if you want to go scuba diving in the Maldives, take swimming classes in your city before you leave. It'll prepare you for the challenge and make your holiday experience that much more memorable.
Travel tip shared by Ronald Alexander
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