International travel is popular with the tourist and business professional crowds.
Whether you’re on the road for business travel or wanderlust, overseas adventures require extra precautions.
Here Are Seven Of The Biggest
Safety Tips For Traveling Abroad:
International Travel Don’ts
#1. Don’t Carry Everything With You
The less you carry, the less there is to lose. Only carry personal documents that you need at the airport or checkpoints. Always check what documents you will need to get into and out of the countries where you’re traveling. Make sure to pack only what you need, then leave the rest.
Write a checklist for everything you need. As you cross it off, make duplicate copies of important documents. That way if anything does go missing, you have the information that you’ll need to make cancellations and replacements easier.
List the important things like:
◦ Birth certificates
◦ Credit cards
◦ Anything else with personal info or account numbers
Leave expensive jewelry at home. Luxury travel can give you the urge to want to dress up and live large.
However, that isn’t always the best idea. Walking around dripping in diamonds is like painting a target on your back. Not only will you be more desirable to thieves, but you’ll also have more to lose.
Try not to carry large amounts of cash. Split what cash and cards you carry into different places. That way, if anyone does make off with your wallet, you haven’t lost everything.
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#2. Don’t Risk Your Safety to Save Money
Airport travel can be costly. Hotel accommodations can seem that way, too. However, it’s better to pay more upfront than to have to worry about your safety later.
That motel that looks a little rough online could be much scarier in real life. Airbnb type rentals are not legal in all areas. Make sure that your hotel is a reputable one, even if it costs a bit more.
Check that the rooms have good, secure locks and that the area is safe. With a hotel in a secure area, you won’t have to worry about locking your items in a safe. If your room does have one, the extra level of security never hurts. Just be aware that there may be a fee to use the safe.
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#3. Don’t Rely on Public Wi-Fi
Hackers are always on the lookout for ways to steal your information.
Internet cafés are convenient for grabbing a coffee while you work on the go. Just don’t trust the public WiFi with sensitive information like your passwords or credit card numbers.
Be mindful of limitation on your wireless service. Some phones will not work outside of your local region. People who frequently travel for corporate business often have global capable devices. Check with your provider to see if your phone will work outside of your country. If not, you may be able to get an international SIM card to fix that.
Not all countries have widespread WiFi access. If you are traveling through one of them, you could burn up your data limits quickly. You may want to adjust your cell phone plan before you travel.
International Travel Do’s
#4. Do Cover All Your Bases
Better safe than sorry is cliché, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not true.
Health is a major priority for travelers. Visit your doctor for a checkup. Traveling while sick puts you and fellow travelers at risk. Consider updating your vaccines. Make sure to eat well and take your multivitamins regularly. Traveling with a weakened immune system makes you more likely to pick up any bugs going around.
There are several types of insurance policies that could help when things don’t go according to plan. Travel insurance covers financial investments, like lost luggage or flight cancellations. Travel medical insurance and medical evacuation services would cover some medical costs in an emergency. Research insurance providers to find the right coverage for you.
Destination Travel Sounds Good!
#5 Do Research Your Destination
Remember the phrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
Cultures are very different from one country to the next. Look at the social norms of your host country before you go. Some things you might think are innocent could offend the locals. They could even land you in jail. Try explaining that you missed an important business meeting because you got arrested!
Pack more than just your corporate meeting clothes. Blending in with the locals makes you look less like a tourist. It is also a sign of respect. People will react much better to an outsider who adopts some local customs than one that sticks out like a sore thumb.
Not every corner of the world is a friendly one. No matter how beautiful a city may be by day, that could all change come nightfall. Pickpockets could be nearby any time of day. Getting lost by just a few blocks could land you in a dangerous part of town. Explore, but don’t venture too far from tourists areas in an unfamiliar country, especially if you don’t speak the language.
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#6. Do Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
Have a good time, but don’t let your guard down too far.
Even if you aren’t drinking alcohol, don’t leave your drink unattended. Don’t rely on someone to watch your drink for you, either. Try to finish your drinks or take them with you.
You can be friendly, but don’t give strangers too much of your life story. Anyone could overhear where you’re staying. Try not to mention working for a high profile company or client.
If you’re carrying a bag, try to keep it to your front. In a restaurant, set it on your lap or feet rather than a chair back. You can never be too careful in new territory.
Stay Safe When You Ride In A Limo
#7. Do Locate Reliable Ground Transportation
Don’t underestimate the value of a trustworthy limousine company.
A1A Airport and Limousine Service have global partners and affiliates in over 800 cities, worldwide. Flying into an unfamiliar area could make finding a ride from the airport difficult. A1A Limo can secure your airport limo shuttle before you fly out. Your professional chauffeur will be a friendly face to meet you at the airport and help you with your bags.
Booking a limousine rental cuts out the worry of getting lost. Your limo chauffeur drives your host country’s roads daily and will know the safest routes. Don’t let being in an unfamiliar place make you uncomfortable. Instead of cramming into a taxi, relax with the spacious limousine interior and comfy plush seating.
Riding in a luxury car isn’t all about being flashy. While black car service will make a good impression, it’s also about safety. The dark-paned windows of a stretch limousine hide who’s inside, protecting your identity and location.
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