I do realize that the title suggests perhaps worse possible events than what I am going to cover here, but I feel that this is vital information for anyone looking to travel the world – as I wish I would have been a bit better prepared when I first started traveling. Travel is, unfortunately, more complicated than just roaming and seeing all of the great, new and strange things of this world... When you’re getting ready to head out on a trip, you have to consider many things, like Visas, financials, route-planning, logistics, and insurance, among other things.
This post isn’t so much to be a definitive guide, but I thought it would be prevalent to talk a little about some of the banking options that new travelers should consider before going abroad. Some of these tips are varied and random, while others may sound simple or whimsical, but I encourage you to consider your options, research a little and do what works best for you...
Everyone loves a holiday – it doesn’t matter where it is, or for how long (although sometimes it never seems long enough!) but it is great to get away for a while. You can recharge your batteries, see new places, meet new people and create some truly fantastic memories with your partner, friends or family. To ensure you have the best holiday possible, take steps to protect yourself and your money and you will always have the best time.
1. Limit the checking of maps
One of the points to staying safe when traveling abroad is to blend in as best you can. While it’s usually pretty impossible to blend in completely in most places around the world, there are several ways that you can better your situation. One of the most important tips to do so is to walk the streets acting like you know where you’re going. Wandering aimless is one thing, but by limiting the amount of times that you stop and look at your map, the better you will blend and the less trouble that may come your way.
Money management while traveling is one of the biggest concerns for most travelers going abroad. At any point, something crazy and unwanted could happen to you, like the theft of a bag or a pickpocket taking your wallet. While there are no 100% proven ways to keep your money safe, you can get pretty damn close.
First off, keep your valuables (cash, credit cards and other financial documents) split up, mixed between your bags and on your person. If anything were to happen, at least you would likely have a way to keep some of your things safe, rather than losing everything all together. Keep copies of your travel documents (passport, ID’s, credit cards, contact information, etc) in multiple places, and that includes the contact numbers for your credit cards, just in case the worst happens. Purchasing a little under the shirt, belt-attached, or under the pants ‘hidden pocket’ bag can also save you – especially from pickpockets. It’s best to put your money, credit cards, passport and other valuable documents in this hidden pocket bag, but be sure you don’t lose it!
First of all, I want to take a bow at Brandon’s work on this blog. It is inspiring and makes me want to jump into these boots that were made for walking! Brandon and I met each other in a cozy pub in Ireland, the one he describes in his article as “A perfect pint and perfect night in Doolin”. He asked me if I would write about safe traveling from a woman’s point of view. Before I start to tell you about my experiences, there is something important to say: I have travelled around only in Europe, my home continent, so far. I have never experienced a real culture shock, nor have I found myself in a situation where I could not communicate through a (foreign) language. I have read Brandon’s tips to travel safe, and of course all of these are also useful for women. Here, I’d like to give you an insight of my traveling experiences from the last couple of years.
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