Some of us panic at the thought of traveling abroad alone. I was one of those types of people. But I love facing challenges and getting emotional. I remain alert and aware of my surroundings while travel abroad.
However, there are smart moves that can help you travel abroad safely this winter. Let me share with you:-
Most foreign travelers love to enjoy nightlife in other countries. But I recommend that you be responsible while drinking alcohol. Not just when traveling to other countries, but you should also always drink responsibly.
This means that you can enjoy the nightlife in whatever foreign country you love, but make sure you are on your senses. It would help if you didn’t black out after drinking. You must avoid drinking if this is the case.
How can you be an easy target for scammers or thieves when they realize you’ve lost your mind. So it would help if you are always alert about your surroundings while you are alone and away from home. As a woman, you should also be a little more alert with your drink to protect yourself physically.
So it will always be a smarter decision to drink wisely and responsibly to protect you while traveling abroad.
Be careful with your money, card and wallet.
Always take care of your cash and card while traveling abroad as there may be places that only accept both. The smart move you can make is to place cards and cash in two different places. Instead, I suggest you avoid keeping it in your regular wallet.
Always try to keep your money in small stashes by keeping them in 2-3 different places. If, in any case, one of them is stolen or lost, you will still have another one with you. I am not recommending that you carry a large amount of cash. Instead, bring a credit card that can be used at local ATMs in the country you are traveling to.
So it’s always a smart move to talk to your bank about what credit card or travel card you can carry and use while traveling abroad. However, you should be careful about the card being stolen or lost.
If in case you have withdrawn a large amount of cash from a local ATM due to travel or credit card restrictions, then I suggest you keep only a small amount in your pocket. Rest you must keep safe in your closet.
Always try to be aware, think and act smart while traveling away from your home.
Use the right travel bags and locks.
These days, crossbody bags have made the place the safest travel accessory for you. I always carry them with me while traveling anywhere rather than carrying any purse or shoulder bag.
These crossbody bags are the safest option for travelers. Keeping a wallet or purse is outdated and insecure. So, to ensure your safety from any theft anywhere, crossbody bags will be the best option as they allow minimal or zero chance for the thief to grab it and run away.
You can also choose the one that has zippered locks. There are many options available in the market. So. always try to invest your money in such safe things.
In addition, the travel lock must be your best travel companion if you are traveling alone. That should be the one to protect your belongings while you use restrooms in public places.
Using travel locks, you can keep your precious belongings safe and secure in your hotel room or public chair in your absence. However, travel locks are also being used if you have opted for a hostel over a hotel room.
I suggest you keep your own padlock while in the hostel room.
Travel insurance is the only answer to all your “what if” you travel abroad. You may be afraid of getting sick or hurting yourself while traveling abroad. Getting treatment abroad can be very expensive and you can lose your budget.
So travel insurance is always a smart move to make before boarding your flight. Always check what kind of medical expenses they will cover so you don’t have to regret it at the time of the claim, if any.
Travel insurance will cover your medical expenses while traveling along with any emergencies. Some insurance claims even help you with the expenses of any kind of injury while traveling. Plus, some of them even help you get back home if treatment for your medical emergency isn’t available in your current country.
It can cost you a huge premium to buy good medical insurance. But you should always keep in mind that it can be your only savior in case of heavy emergency medical expenses.
In addition, travel insurance helps with accommodation expenses in case the flight is delayed. It also covers expenses for lost luggage, delayed or canceled flights, emergency transport and any financial loss during your stay abroad.
Stay alert while moving and choose a reputed transport company.
You must understand the risk involved in traveling to a location while new to a country. You seem like an easy target for thieves. So it will always be a smart move to be aware of your surroundings. I understand that vivid travelers are often quick and witty to feel these things.
Even so, I suggest you choose a reputable shipping company while traveling to local cities in other countries. Taxi drivers can access your little information, but they can learn more about you as you enjoy the ride with them.
I recommend that you do not share any personal information with them so that they cannot harm you in any way. Reputed transport companies have professional taxi drivers who are more concerned about their careers. Therefore, you can expect fewer such incidents.
Also, they have your background checks and history. So your local commute is always safe with taxis or cabs from reputed companies.
Also, you can always update your family or friends about your check-in at different places while traveling abroad. I’m not saying that you always cling to your phone to update your family or friends. You can use any app available that will send your location and update your family.
Also, you can share the taxi and driver details with your family or friends using the app you booked. God forbid, if something happens, your family must be told about it.
What are the five things you always take on every trip?
Aside from a safety point of view, there are some important things that you should always take with you while traveling. Let me make a quick list of these things for your convenience.
- At the top of the list is an extra pair of underwear along with socks you might need in case of loss or an accident.
- Another essential on this list is a quick-drying personal towel. I understand that most hotels provide clean towels and other toiletries. But I prefer to use my own towel. So I always carry one with me when I’m on the go.
- Wet wipes are third on this list. They are practical and easy to use, while quickly cleaning the armrest of public seats before sitting down. In addition, they are also convenient for flights. Clean armrests, seat pockets and tray tables on flights.
- Another essential thing you should always carry and protect is your toothbrush, passport and airline tickets. You must take care of all three.
- Other miscellaneous things that you can keep with you while traveling abroad are note cards, zipper bags, tissues and masking tape. This may seem unnecessary now, but I’m telling you from experience that it can be lifesaving in some situations if it occurs.
Nowadays, everyone is tech savvy. I recommend you be smarter with technology and make the most of it. When you are aware of your surroundings and wiser with your use of technology. You end up being a smart user and protecting yourself from being harmed in any way.
I’ve listed 5 smart moves that can help you travel abroad safely this winter. And I hope you will consider this and avoid any suspicion of an accident to stay safe. Also, I have mentioned other necessary things as well. So now you can make a quick list of all these things and don’t forget to carry them with you while traveling abroad.