Top Ten Travel Tips –for safe travels
- Eat where the locals eat. Street food is delicious and in many countries, vendors are the place to hit up if you’re hungry. If it is a popular stand, it will more than likely be okay.
- Have drinks in the local watering hole, but do not get incoherent or black-out drunk. You are still in a different country and some people won’t think twice about stealing from a foreigner…or worse.
- Always lock up your belongings. It’s only the one time you don’t lock that your stuff will get stolen.
- Keep a copy of your passport in your e-mail or with your travelling companion.
- Bring comfortable shoes.
- Keep in touch with people back home. If something happens to you, then someone knows where you are and who you were with. Social media makes this very easy.
- Call your bank and credit card company and let them know where you will be. Otherwise, you may find your card has been cancelled. It is also a good idea to have a back-up debit or credit card that is kept separate from your other one. Just in case.
- Ask locals for their advice on everything from where to eat to what taxis you should/should not take.
- Have a general idea or exact address of where you are going when you first arrive in a new country. About 90% of the time, Border Control will ask you where you are staying and for how long.
- Get your nose out of your guide-book and have fun! Travel is all about the experience.