One of the main reasons for visiting other countries is to have a good time and relax the mind and body. It can also increase experiences and knowledge over other country’s history and cultural practices then relate them to ones’ own. These are aspects which enable one to be appreciative over their own cultures since they get a chance to compare them with the pros and cons of those of the visited country. The beauty and the historic places that are visited expand a person’s conscious and creative mind.
However, personal safety is one issue which must not be compromised. It is determined by the setting of the place being visited and the neighborhood. A traveler must put this issue as the top priority through proper planning and analysis of the place to be visited by assessment of all possible shortcomings that may exist and definitely make the holiday miserable.
For a safer vacation, one must plan ahead. The issue of money loss though pickpockets, robbers, conmen and women still remains the biggest concern all over the world especially at airports and other stations where most affected victims are the exited travelers. One main emphasis is that people on holiday visits should keep all important documents such as passport, tickets, credit cards and money with them at all times.
One needs to have identification on their entire luggage to avoid mix-up or confusion with other travelers. Before travel one need to practice packing as light as possible by avoiding unnecessary valuables and having mainly the serviceable and comfortable clothing.
Quality is very important in packing the luggage to avoid breakages or easy accessibility by robbers. Heavy luggage may bring about suspicions over the content and therefore attract thieves. A traveler must avoid looking like a tourist by first doing a feasibility study of the place to be visited so as to have an idea of how the locals look like in terms of appearance.
Blending with the style of the locals’ diminishes chances of attack since it reduces attraction. Expensive or flashy jewelry such as gold necklaces, expensive watches, rings and bangles automatically calls for attention therefore it is very important to make intelligent choices on clothing before travel.
The transportation issue remains a worry to majority of tourists. With some countries were proper tour companies are non-existent, and there is lack of information one could research on before travel, it is advisable to investigate the best and safest mode such as taxis with police officers or airport commissionaires at the information desk.
General important tips all over the world still remains that one should never share taxis with strangers and one ought to avoid public transportation especially late at night and when one is not familiar with their destination.
The entire luggage and variables during travel especially by local mode of a place that is visited should always be kept in touch and sight at all times. Most items have special holders to attach them to the owner and keep them secure at all times such as a neck bag for the camera.
The choice of the place of stay is also another factor to be considered. The hotel should be in a safe area, the visitor be supposed to familiarize with all the emergency exits of a place, use the hotel room safes for the personal variables, hotel doors must be locked at all times and keys left at the receptionists to avoid loss, lastly strangers or uninvited people should not be entrusted with anything; as a visitor one has just met them.
Lastly, cash should be the last mode of payment for any traveler, although this highly depends on the locality of the place that is visited credit card or traveler’s checks remain much safer rather than cash. Otherwise cash should be handled in small amounts for safety. Smuggling of money though the use of credit cards has become the norm.
Copies of the cards are made and accounts emptied within no time, thus it is very wise for one to monitor the handling of their cards at all times especially during swiping. One ought to frequently check their account online to note any unknown charges and alert their service company immediately they note any abnormal changes. Enjoyment during travel can only be achieved if all the safety measures are taken into consideration.