Having the opportunity to travel is a wonderful thing and one that can broaden your point of view and open your life to new experiences and delightful people. As with anything else in life, travelling also has its drawbacks which must be considered before you embark on your adventure. These include criminals, dangerous foods, and exposure to diseases. Below, you will find tips on how you can stay safe and healthy while travelling. We’ve also included a few links to articles we think are great for further reading at the bottom of the post. Watch Your Bags
Unfortunately, tourists are considered easy targets for pick-pockets or thieves. While travelling, you probably won’t be familiar with the areas you find yourself in, and it can be very easy to get distracted. While sightseeing, you may wander away from your bags or not pay attention to your surroundings. Therefore, you may leave yourself vulnerable to theft. To remain safe while travelling, always keep an eye on your luggage, backpacks, phone and wallet. Never leave them somewhere unattended for even a moment. Getting your luggage or bags stolen can result in you losing your travel documents, money, identification, passport, and other vital pieces of information.
Be Aware of Health Concerns
Travelling may expose you to some diseases or risks that you would normally not encounter at home, so it is important to educate yourself and take any necessary precautions before you leave. Make sure that your immunisations are up to date and that you are not engaging in risky behaviour. Use the internet to find out if certain diseases are prevalent in the areas you will be visiting. It’s also important to remember that there are diseases which can be contracted anywhere such as HIV. There is currently a worldwide epidemic, however, it’s important to remember that it is not transmitted easily, there needs to be contact between bodily fluids to transmit HIV. On the other hand, there are other major epidemics, including Zika, that are fairly easy to contract. Make sure you do your research ahead of time so that you can be prepared, especially if you are pregnant or trying for a baby.
Use Alcohol Responsibly
Part of travelling is letting loose and having fun, which may include drinking. You want to try local alcoholic drinks, and experience things that you can’t find at home. However, if you choose to drink, make sure you are in a safe place and that you don’t overindulge. This isn’t your home, and you may not have friends that you can call for help if you end up in a bad situation. You also don’t want to get so drunk that you can’t find your way back to your accommodation. If travelling in a group no one will want to miss out on the fun, but when possible you should designate someone not to drink (or not too much anyway) and watch over the group.
Travelling is meant to be fun, but nothing destroys that fun faster than a disaster. Be aware of the risks that you may run into while travelling and prepare accordingly so you can have a safe and happy time.