Going on a foreign vacation ideally should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. When things do go wrong it can be incredibly stressful, especially if you don’t speak the local language. The savvy Travel Belle can minimize these risks with some trip planning and common sense.
Research your destination
Different cultures have different customs and laws. Be sure to pick up a guidebook and familiarize yourself with local customs and laws.
All cities and towns invariably have certain areas where it is not considered safe to wander around alone at night. Be sure to stay well clear of them.
Don’t look like easy pickings
Many tourist hotspots are also hotbeds of crime. Pickpockets and scam artists make a living by preying on well meaning, but ill-prepared tourists. Minimize any risks by leaving unnecessary expensive items either at home or locked in hotel safes when you are not using them. When around town secure your belongings, wearing them close to your body as possible and zipped up in a bag with zippered compartments worn across your body.
The same rules apply to your cash. Make sure you only take the amount you need with you and reserve your credit card for emergencies. Before your trip check with your credit card company to see what the current fees are for using your credit card abroad. Options such as the Aquacard Advance card have 0% foreign exchange fees, which makes them an ideal as a credit card for travel. You can find out more about this credit card option online.
Keep your wits about you
Please remember when you are gazing with abandon at a city’s beautiful architectural highlights, you are especially vulnerable to being targeted by pickpockets. Always be aware of your surroundings and the movements of people around you.
Know how to contact the authorities
Before heading out to go sightseeing, take a few minutes to investigate the best way to contact local police and emergency services. Don’t forget to bring along a phrase book! Additionally learning some basic phrases such as “please” and “thank you,” in the local tongue may prove helpful.
Go with your gut
We all have some sort of sixth sense whereby a certain situation just feels wrong; it might be a pushy street vendor or it could be a dubious looking taxi. That sixth sense, or gut instinct, is important and entirely natural, so always trust it. If something feels wrong, there’s a good chance it is.
Although you can never be one hundred percent safe anywhere, you can take steps to minimize risks. Planning and research is key to this so put in that little bit of extra work and enjoy yourself on holiday!
Today’s post appears in association with Aquacard.