Reading travel blogs online, we are always told of the dangers of travelling. While pointing you in the right direction of wonderful exotic breaks abroad, they are just as quick to teach you methods of managing your money, making sure you’re protected in different cultural climates, as well as avoiding scams from unscrupulous people. This is good, and there is a place for this content online. However, sometimes it can cause a worrying impression for people, to the point where they may feel hesitant to travel at all.
What if we told you that with the online age, travelling is easier and safer than ever. People are connected, and there is always a greater chance for safety when you are connected to some form of attentive network. Travelling safely could be easier than you think. Consider these following tips to fully grasp our meaning:
Heading across to a different culture can make you feel alienated. However, bringing along your own network of friends, or meeting friends abroad can vastly increase your safety. Make sure you stick together, and the ‘safety by numbers’ percentage will go up dramatically. People are less inclined to cause harm to a group, and that’s true in even the most dangerous of locations.
Look In The Know
We all know what a tourist looks like. They are often wearing clothing completely at odds with the local environment, and often look puzzled while finding their route. Looking like an experienced traveler is a matter of your attitude, and how you come across to other people. You might not even speak the language, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you seem like a lost tourist if you’re wise. If you feel in the know, you can work at being in the know. Just make sure you or your team are quick to respect local customs and act respectfully, otherwise, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb.
Know Where Things Are
Looking in the know is one thing, but actually being in the know is another. While it’s perfectly fine to experience the greater part of a culture yourself, you should also have a firm understanding in your mind of the most important facilities and institutions nearby. For example, knowing where the hospitals or doctors clinics are located could help. So can finding and marking the local tourist information centres. If you’re covered by air ambulance, knowing the air evac locations can help you keep safety in mind when planning your routes in advance.
Speak The Language
Now, you don’t need to be fluent in the language of every country you attend. However, knowing a few words and phrases, especially ones relating to emergencies, can help you out in situations during which time is a massive, important factor. This could be as simple as hearing a tidbit of safety advice from a friendly bartender, or becoming friendly with a local you may have otherwise been ignorant yet innocent in offending them somehow.
With these tips, you’re sure to experience a better and safer time abroad.