Traveling internationally is an exciting and challenging event in one’s life. The prospect of experiencing exotic cultures, new foods, and exciting things can be quite captivating. However, these same things may also be overwhelming. It is important to plan ahead for things that might go wrong on a trip.
This article will provide you with information on how to pack, stay safe, and get the most out of your travels.
The most important thing that any traveler can do is to research the locations they plan to visit. This means reading reviews online or talking to friends who know about the area. Travelers are always encouraged to avoid areas they feel uncomfortable in, or to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
It is also suggested that travelers carry a few types of emergency contact information while traveling. This includes an ICE (in case of emergency) contact number and local police numbers. It may be helpful to write this information in several places on your person and travel documents so you have access to them if you need them.
Alternate names or spellings of the destination may be helpful as well. If a phone call is put into your emergency contact, it is also suggested that they do not give their location out without specific details and that this information should only be given in emergencies. Carrying an additional card with this information might also be a good idea.
It is also helpful to keep emergency contact information inside of your luggage in case it is lost or stolen. Your cellphone might not have reception on international flights, so you may want to write this information on other pieces of paper as well. You should be aware that cellphones are often tracked by satellite, and in the wrong hands this can be dangerous.
Keep your phone on airplane mode until you need to make a call once you land and if you decide to bring it with you, keep it secured in a bag or pocket while not in use.
It is also helpful for travelers to carry copies of their passport, any travel documents, credit cards (if possible), a small amount of cash, and tourist information while abroad. You may also want to carry more than one credit card in case your first one is lost or stolen, along with the contact information for the people who can cancel them.
Lastly, websites like www.Cantrip.com, offers live support from experts 24/7. This can be a great resource for reassurance and safety while you are away from home.