Safety Tips for International Travelers

Global travel can teach you more than any textbook ever could; plus, traveling is always a great way to spend a summer vacation or time between semesters at college. Still, safe journeys demand considerable forethought; you should plan for potential mishaps so that, if they arise, they won’t ruin your trip.

For instance, what if your wallet were lost or stolen while you were abroad? An important precautionary measure is to obtain a prepaid credit card so your finances could be secured. According to Credit Card Insider, such cards do not have names printed on them, which prevents thieves from using them to make online purchases. You can also put just a small amount of money on your prepaid card so if it went missing, you wouldn’t risk losing everything in your bank account. Plus, it’s easy to get approved for these cards. Transferring and depositing money onto prepaid cards is a snap, too. I always bring a prepaid card with me when I travel; It keeps things simple and safe, what more could a traveler ask for?

Another nightmare for many travelers is getting lost and losing your way is all too easy amid unfamiliar terrain. If you discover you’re lost, first try to relax. Next, search for someone who speaks a language you speak, preferably a police officer or a person leading a tourist group. The best way I keep my bearings in a new town or city is to keep track of landmarks. If I know that a church is over here and an old building is over there by the train station, then I don’t need to worry about what language the street signs are in.

Finally, before heading to a certain destination, read up on the laws and social norms that will apply to you during your stay. For example, you might need to know what the legal drinking age is or what the law says about carrying open containers of alcohol. If you are going to be someplace for an extended period, find out how you can hire a qualified lawyer should you need one’s services and study regional customs as well as laws: Why offend people, or draw unnecessary attention to yourself, if you don’t have to?

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.

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