Effective Strategies to Stay Safe While Traveling Abroad
Isn’t it becoming super important to be vigilant and make sure to stay safe when traveling?
Way back in the day, one could leave their suitcase on an airport bench and go browse the duty free and not worry about finding it in situ…Today the whole airport could be closed off and a red alert sent out.
Your “seemingly abandoned bag” is taken and checked or even “exploded” in a safe environment. Then it will be passed off to the media as a suspected terrorist device…to save face of course…
Please don’t get me wrong I am not in any way undermining personal and public safety! That’s why today’s Guest episode by Mike Johnson is focused on strategies to stay safe when traveling abroad or away from home in major cities!
Also, when I was younger, travelling abroad was this super exciting yet distant thing. I had never crossed beyond my own village and city so I could only imagine from post cards! Then my very first trip abroad came when I was 19 and only over the border to Tanzania. I was not only over the moon excited, I was terrified too!
So, why terrified?
Because I had never really left the confines of my country and I had been couched in boarding school. So, traveling far wasn’t normal for me.
Despite the fact that I was heading to University into the big world, that still was going less than 5 miles from home.
So before D-day, I was wondering if the plane would actually not disappear into the infamous Bermuda triangle…Seriously my geography needed checking lol!
I hadn’t even thought of the effects of flying let alone solo travel…I wish I had read this article on traveling alone then! My mom was a hot mess…She was even more worried about me traveling alone than I was. At least I believed so…She fussed and fussed like most moms do…!
Are you a fusspot too as a mom…I am genuinely not one!
Our children travel on their own a bit and we have learnt to let them go and bless them…They have contributed several articles on here including the London winter wonderland and experience of Costa Del Sol among others.
And yet we cannot undermine the world we live in today.
Even seemingly safe destinations are not 100% safe anymore. Before I go into all that I want you to remember this…
The world is a vibrant and diverse landscape, with so many cultures existing side by side. Yet, each culture has their own preferences and outlook on life.
It’s this broad and varying aspect of life that gives us such rich experiences when we leave our native land, forging memories that are simply priceless.
With the above diversity comes a myriad of different expectations and behaviors.
- Do you know how to properly conduct yourself in the Middle East with respect? Paying attention to the social contrasts?
- What about visiting a Muslim country, are you aware of appropriate dress codes and associated occurrences when things such as bathing suits can be worn?
- Or what about making sure you’re not being ripped off by a local taxi firm, do you know what to look for?
If you answered NO to any of the above, then fear not, for Mike’s Gear Reviews has you covered. Check out the info-graphic below and educate yourself on all the dos and don’ts of travelling abroad in order to keep yourself safe and well!
With a couple of Exceptions: if you’re a travelling by Air. We suggest YOU DO NOT Carry Knives or Safety Matches. Rather purchase them in your destination if you must. Simply because they are a hazard in their own right esp. in air travel. If you are traveling by boat, bus, train, going camping or on road trip…definitely pack what you want!
And now without further ado here is your, Definitive Survival Guide List on…
How to Stay Safe While Traveling Abroad!
#1. Why not travel in a Community or Group type style. We do via a Global travel club, details of which we are happy to share, simply contact us here and we shall arrange a quick chat!
With this kind of travel, you have safety in numbers, you have a Host whose job is to ensure your safety, you can be part of the group or not as you please and you will never feel alone abroad!
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So, which survival tactic to stay safe when traveling do you feel hit home the most? For us it is the emergency numbers around the world, very important!
Remember, to always be mindful, of your surroundings, who you hang out with. What is going on around you. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for all security measures from the authorities! Remember common sense is king and enjoy this amazing planet with the energy of a youth! Don’t let anything stop you from enjoying your travels!
What do you think are the most pressing fears for safe travel? How many of the above have you allowed to hold you back? You may need our Travel Matters tips for a lil nudge! Let us know in the comments below!
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