Tips to Tourists
Traveling to strange destinations can land you into all types of problems such as rapes, murder or even thefts. Tourists often become an easy prey to such dangerous situations as they are unequipped and unprepared for such unforeseen events before they make their trip abroad. Hence, let us look at some of the important things you must do to avoid your travel trips from becoming a disaster. They are as follows:
Tips and Advises to Tourists
- Do not write your home address on your baggage tag. If it is a business trip, write your company’s address on the luggage tag and if you are visiting some friends or family, you can write their address on the tag. Try and use luggage tags which are covered always.
- Always be besides your luggage until you are sure it is checked properly. In case you are keeping the bag down, keep your foot on one handle of the bag.
- Always take important papers and documents along with you, and do not check any item that you just cannot allow to lose. Hence, make a photocopy of your passport, your driver’s license and even all your credit cards.
- Always carry a tiny flashlight with you as you may suddenly be surrounded by darkness and strange settings. During the nights, keep your flashlight by your bedside.
- Ensure that all your prescription medicines are filled and labeled properly as in some countries certain medicines are banned.
- Do not wear any clothing which shows your wealth especially gold chains, costly watches and gold rings, expensive cameras. It is always advisable to keep your jewelery at your home.
- If it is feasible, it is better to travel by carrying only one or two credit cards as they tend to lose easily while making purchases.
- Women are advised not to accept drinks from strangers and keep a watchful eye on your drink all the time.
- Do not come and go at the same time and it is better to change your daily schedule.
- Stay only in those hotels which use cards for swiping room doors and ensure your room has both a deadbolt lock and a peephole. You can secure the chain and door by shoving a rubber stop under them.
- It is preferable to be in a room which is close to a staircase. Never use elevators if you detect a fire or smoke and try to stay in a hotel where their room doors open into the main hallway and not from the outer side.
- Never wear your name tags while going out in public areas as this can be quite risky.
- Never try to hire a taxi cab which is not marked with the registration numbers. Always note down your cab numbers.
- Always sit at the rear of the driver so you can see him properly.
- Pay the bill to the driver only after you reach your destination.
- Rent cars if you want to, but ensure it is from a reputed car company.
- You must be alert to ‘dramatic’ car accidents which are intended to deceive you.
- To make a quick exit, it is better to back into the parking lots.
- Always park only in properly lighted and well traveled areas of the towns and cities.
- Rent a mobile phone if yours does not function in the other country for the entire time of your tour.
- Ask for identification in case you are held back for some reason and you can request them to be able to speak to his superior. Be cautious and always check your emotions.
- While traveling with small children, always ensure that you are carrying along his or her latest photograph in case you are separated from your child.
- Write the name of your child and your hotel number on every card and also write the number of your close friend or some relation’s on the card. Give each of the children a card which they can keep with them and destroy it once you are home.
- Your family must know what to do in an emergency situation while you are away traveling. They must know whom to contact and how to call an emergency official and so on.
- Never discuss your travel plans or give away your room number or any other personal information to any strangers in another country or place.
- Always ensure you are carrying a basic first aid kit which includes some iodine, sunscreen lotions, bandages, alcohol packets, mosquito sprays or lotions, diarrhea medicines, Dramamine and pepto bismol, Burnol and so on.
- Always ensure you have some knowledge about the train and bus timings before you begin your travel to a particular country. An alternate plan must be made in case you change your transportation plans.
- Never flash or display your passport to strangers and discreetly show vital documents only to officials when asked.
- Purchase only handy alarms which give out a loud beeping sound.
- Watch out for some cheats or tricksters on the local streets. Some children may be working with adults as pickpockets.
- Do not display or show your wealth in public places. You can exchange your currency with only reputed and recognized money exchangers only.
- Keep some tips handy in advance to pay for the service staff.
- If a certain area or place has a record of high criminal activities, it is better to rent an escort or security service.
Therefore, we can conclude by saying that the secret to safe traveling is being aware of your present situation. If you get distracted while handling your luggage, talking to strangers, children or hotel staff etc, these events can put your life in danger. It is best that you learn beforehand about your host country or your present surroundings and always be in control of each and every circumstance while traveling in a foreign place.