This is a guest post by a fellow travel blogger KC Owens. He has shared his experiences and tips about international travels.
One of the most exciting things to do in life is to travel around the world. Visiting different countries and experiencing a variety of cultures is very worthwhile! However, just when the vacation of your dreams seems to be going perfectly, certain problems may arise on your trip that might cause a series of travel nightmares. If you have plans on doing some extensive travel in upcoming days, here are some basic precautions to take before leaving home:
One of the biggest problems people run into while traveling abroad is losing their money. Many foreign countries have major issues with pickpocketing and the usual targets are travelers. One of the ways I keep my finances safe while I’m on the go is by keep my cash to a minimum. Sure, I carry small amounts of cash on me in case I want to buy something at the market or a fruit stand, but for the most part I pay for everything on a prepaid credit card. This is extremely handy when I’m traveling because it automatically exchanges currencies for me, doesn’t have my personal information on it – in case the card gets stolen.
Losing or getting your passport stolen is also a very common problem experienced by many travelers. Believe it or not, passports can be valuable to many thieves and they can be sold for big bucks! Many tourists often find themselves the victims of identity theft as a result. The best way to avoid this problem is to keep your passport in a safe and secure location. Do not bring it everywhere you go. Also, before you leave home, make sure you have the contact information to the local embassy in case your passport ends up missing. When you contact the embassy, they will instruct you what to do next but you should plan to spend hours upon hours doing paperwork.
Getting sick while on vacation is also a very common problem. A lot of people get sick on planes, trains and buses. Also, food poisoning is also a prevalent way in which a lot of people end up sick while on vacation. The best way to avoid sickness while away is to first and foremost make sure you have all of your required vaccinations. It is important to keep in mind that public health regulations vary across countries, thus increasing chances of contacting viral and bacterial infections. Also make sure you have access to a local pharmacy, especially if you have a chronic illness.
Traveling can be a wonderful experience that allows you to meet new people, try new foods and engage yourself in new cultures. Keeping yourself safe is important no matter where you are or what you’re doing but safety while traveling is important because you are much more vulnerable while in a new city. Be prepared, take precautions and enjoy every second of your adventure.
About the Author : KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.