11 Travel Safety Tips For First Time Travelers

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

In this post, I am going to share 11 simple yet powerful travel safety tips that will make your next trip a rejoicing one.

Visiting a foreign country is exciting, intimidating, and it can be downright frightening to pursue the adventure alone.

However, the journey through this transformative process isn’t always an easy one.

Now, a safe travel is all about not making yourself a target.

However, if you want to travel, you cannot avoid risk.

There is no way to be 100% safe from any threat, in any part of life.

Risk is an integral part of adventure too. Your have to be confident and take wise steps while travelling.

So, remember these 11 travel safety tips to stay safe on your travels:                                                                      

1. Do Your Research Before You Travel :

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

First thing first — don’t be ignorant about where you are going. Make an effort to learn about the country, the political situation, the cultural norms, the safest spots for the travelers followed by safe accommodations to stay and the areas or regions that are best to be avoided.

Head off on your trip with your eyes wide open to avoid unpleasant surprises.

2. Get Travel Insurance: 

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

Regardless of whether you are a natural worrier or not, don’t hesitate to take appropriate travel insurance.

Not only it will cover any unexpected injuries and hospitalization, but also it will protect you from theft or loss of personal belongings.

3. Stay Safe in Transport :

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

Avoid air travel mishaps by frequently checking whether your flight has been rescheduled or cancelled.

When using bus services, make sure to go with trusted companies that are have many positive reviews online.

Moreover, try to book your tickets in advance whenever possible, so that you can avoid stranding on remote bus stops with no transport in sight.

If you are hiring local taxis, agree upon the fare in advance in case the vehicle doesn’t have a meter.

Also, carry a map with you to avoid getting lost.

4. Have Emergency Info at Hand : 

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

If disaster strikes, you might not have time to search for numbers for local police, ambulance services, or directions to the nearest embassy for your country.

You may also be too stressed and panicked to think straight.

Therefore, don’t put yourself in that position.

This should entail contact numbers for the local emergency services (police, fire department and ambulance) and for your country’s embassy (if there is one in the place you’re visiting).

Besides keeping emergency contacts saved in your phone, you should also keep those numbers handwritten on the a small piece of water-proof paper inside your wallet or, purse.

That way, if something goes wrong out there, you’ll always know exactly how to get help immediately.

5. Blend in With Your Surroundings : 

This is not only sound exploration advice, but also one of my favorite travel safety tips as well.

You’ll make yourself more vulnerable to con artists if you stick out like a sore thumb with your massive backpack, camera and confused look on your face.

But you will draw much less attention if you make an effort to blend in.

You also don’t want to show disrespect or, offend with improper dress or manners.

If you’re visiting places of worship, make sure to dress modestly in order to prevent upsetting the locals.

6. Travel Like A Local :

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

When you’re visiting a new place, it’s easy to stick with the major tourist attractions.

After all, there’s a reason they’re so popular.

Start your exploration by finding out what the professionals suggest.

As you’re planning your visit search for the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Explore the websites of your destination’s newspaper, radio and TV stations, and print and online magazines (like The Local Tourist!).

These often contain information about openings, closings, reviews, news, and upcoming events.

Before you arrive at your destination, seek out local bloggers and social media influencers.

Be very confident while walking and take local transport.

Before you go check out the local transit system’s website.

You should be able to find fares, routes, and tips on how to get around.

7. Keep Your Belongings Safe :

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

Avoid carrying too many luggage pieces and invest in a small sturdy lock for your luggage.

Try to choose one that doesn’t stand out, so it doesn’t appear as if you have something really valuable inside.

If you have a hand-carry with you, never leave it unattended.

8. Manage Your Money :

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

If you plan on using your debit and credit cards, make sure to notify your bank in advance that you’ll be abroad, or you may find your card blocked for suspicious activity.

Research beforehand where are the best spots to exchange your money into local currency as ATMs might be scarce in certain places.

When out and about, always carry a small amount of cash with you.

Hide emergency cash.

Some of my favorite hiding places include:

  • Secret pocket sewn into your pants
  • Behind a patch on your backpack
  • Rolled into an empty chapstick container
  • Use money keeper belt

9. Don’t Share Too Much With Stranger:

If you’re ever tempted to make your itinerary more public, say in a Facebook post, just remember it can be a road-map of your movements – just the sort of thing someone with ill-intentions would love to know.

I also don’t recommend you for sharing too many details about your travel plans or accommodation details with people you’ve just met.

Sometimes people will ask if it’s your first time visiting their country or city.

If you don’t trust them yet, you can pretend it isn’t your first trip.

Because sharing that you’re new might also signal you’re a good target for scams.

10. Keep Track of Your Health :

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

Make sure to have a supply of any over-the-counter essentials like motion sickness pills, probiotics, pain killers and bug repellents.

Consult your doctor and get the proper vaccines before traveling.

Ensure that any prescription pills are filled for some days extra than the intended length of your travel.

11. Trust Your Instincts:

Travel Safety Tips For First Time-Traveler

This one is easily overlooked – and incredibly important among the all travel safety tips.

You are a walking surveillance network.

Your body sees and hears more things than you could ever process into coherent thought.

Let’s call it your “spidey sense” — the ability to sense danger.

Your body can sense approaching dangers even before your brain is fully aware of it.

So you should always trust your instinct while you are on a trip.

Hope you liked my travel safety tips.

Now, let me ask you a simple question.

Do you follow any of the travel safety tips mentioned above?

Or, may be you have another set of travel safety tips to share in public.

Either way, please share your thoughts by leaving a quick comment below.

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