Travel Insurance, International Safety Habits of Experienced Travelers

The world is an unpredictable place to travel. Even destinations that appear to be safer than others can pose a threat to people. No matter how safe you think your journey abroad may be, experienced travelers set to wander a foreign country always protect themselves against the unknown. Not everyone in a foreign country will be out to target the travelers that have a big, expensive camera hanging from his or her neck, but you should protect yourself and your belongings.

Tourist tend to be an easy target for thieves. As a foreign traveler, you may walk through the unfamiliar streets of your destination with a clueless appearance. By practicing the following international safety habits, you will reduce the risks of experiencing an unfortunate event.

1. Obtain Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will give you the reassurance you need when you travel abroad. The right travel protection policy will provide you with the appropriate care if you were to sustain an injury or get ill while visiting a foreign country. Your policy should include coverage for any medical expenses incurred while traveling overseas.

2. Look Back

Whether you are walking alone or in a group at day or night, you need to look back. It’s important to always be aware of your surroundings. Make sure to always take a quick peek behind you to avoid getting pick-pocketed or getting followed by someone with ill intentions.

3. Don’t Carry Several Things

You should always pack lightly. When you carry a jacket, camera, and shopping bags, you might forget them in the taxi or at a restaurant you dined in. Leave the things you don’t need at the hotel instead of carrying them with you for the entire day.

4. Keep Your Sources of Cash Separate

Carrying cash and all your credit cards is okay, but it’s not okay if they are all in the same place. You should divide them, placing some cash in your front pocket (never in the back pocket) and your credit cards in a separate wallet. If your wallet is stolen, at least you’ll have the cash in your pocket to help you get a ride back to the hotel.

5. Make a Copy of the Important Documents

Make both a soft and hard copy of every important document to keep with you. Email the soft copy to you and a close relative. Copies of the passport, travel insurance, visas, and other documents should be placed in a separate compartment of your luggage. If anything goes missing, you have both the soft and hard copies to rely on to get back home.

6. Visit a Doctor

Before you leave for your vacation, do a little light reading on the type of vaccinations you may need to enter the country. Next, visit your primary physician and ask him or her about any health precautions you must take on your visit.

7. Do Not Flaunt Your Wealth

Although you may not feel as if you are flaunting, it appears otherwise to the locals. Since the locals of the country may not be as financially stable as you are, you should avoid wearing any gold or flashy jewelry. It always largely depends on the country you’re visiting but as a precautionary habit, it’s better to keep your pearls away so that you reduce your chances of becoming a thief’s target.

Travel safe, travel light, and just have fun!

Date of publication March 9, 2015

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