Whether you’re planning an urban adventure or heading out into the wilderness is more your style, the fact is that you want your excursion to be safe — otherwise, instead of being fun, it’ll be frustrating; and possibly costly and painful as well. To keep the good times rolling while you’re away, here are five safe travel tips:
Carefully Choose Your Ground Transportation
Did you know that car and bus accidents are the number one cause of death for U.S. tourists abroad? Scary but true. Make sure that your ground transportation is safe (e.g. seatbelts, good working condition, etc.), and check out safety records as well.
Don’t Flash Your Cash
Instead of putting a wad of cash in your wallet or purse, hide it elsewhere — or better yet, keep it locked in a safety deposit box at your hotel — and carry around a smaller amount of spending money. You’ll attract less attention every time you pay, which is exactly what you want.
Hold Onto Your Smartphone
These days, whenever you find tourists you find smartphones — lots and lots of smartphones. Unfortunately, thieves are well aware of this and often target distracted or too-trusting visitors. Aside from the financial loss (some smartphones can cost more than $500!), your personal or other sensitive information, pictures and videos might fall into the wrong hands. To avoid that, this article on PCMag.com explains how to remotely disable a lost or stolen phone.
Stay Away from Stray Animals
Tourists tend to walk a lot — and you know who else does a great deal of strolling? Yes, you guessed it: stray cats, dogs, and depending on where you go, perhaps throw monkeys into the mix as well. While these animals may be adorable and would make great photo co-stars, the best advice is to steer clear. All it takes is a single bite or scratch — or even a parasite jumping onto your skin or in your hair— and your fun vacation could turn into a painful stay in the hospital.
Pack an Emergency Medical Kit
You never know when you’ll need to take care of an injury or help out someone in distress. The company AERO In Stock carries some excellent portable medical kits. And of course, you can always keep the kit in your car when you come home “just in case.”
The Bottom Line
Part of being a tourist is experiencing the unpredictable and unexpected. However, that doesn’t mean you want to put yourself or any fellow travelers in harm’s way. The above safety tips will help ensure that your vacation is memorable for all of the right reasons — and none of the wrong ones!