Safety Tips For International Travel


When it comes to exploring the world there are plenty of different challenges that can arise, but for many people some of the most damaging can come when they are caught out in an unfamiliar country. While having a good travel insurance policy can be vital to making sure you can get out of any trouble that you may encounter, there are also plenty of things that you can do to ensure that you remain as safe as possible when you travel. Here are some useful tips for those who are setting out on a brand new international adventure.

Using Public Transport

One of the most common places that people can encounter trouble comes when they try to use public transport in an unfamiliar country, and especially in countries with a poverty problems issues such as pickpocketing and theft of bags can be an issue. Try and avoid putting your bag in storage out of your sight, such as beneath the bus or at one end of a train carriage if possible, and make sure you keep your wallet and other gadgets close. Some people traveling to new countries even prepare a dummy wallet which will only have a small amount of money in it, while keeping their real wallet inside an interior pocket in order to distract thieves.

Extreme Sports

Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes for a little bit of snowboarding or are planning to do a skydive or a bungee jump, make sure you do it in as safe a way as possible. Try to ensure that the company you will be using for the activities are reputable and work to high standards, as it is not safe to assume that all companies will work to the highest safety standards. Also, make sure your activity is covered under your travel insurance policy.

Going Out In Different Countries

The chance to go out and enjoy the night life in a new country is one of the great attractions of travel, but for many people it is also when they are most vulnerable to crime. If you are going out try to go out with a group of friends, and it is certainly wise not to drink too much and to be aware of any unwanted attention that you draw from the locals. In many countries, it is best to arrange a taxi to return to your hotel or hostel, and they will be able to give you the number of a reputable company to take you home safely.

Arranging Your Travel Insurance

While it may be tempting to save money by cutting corners on your travel insurance, this is a false economy, and it can be one that can cause some serious financial problems if something does happen. Making sure that you arrange a good travel insurance policy that will be able to deal with medical costs and getting you home if you do have an accident can be tremendously reassuring, and can then allow you to let your hair down and to enjoy your holiday.

About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.