Traveling abroad has never been easier; you research a destination, select a flight and choose the perfect accommodation – all from the comfort of your own home with a few clicks of a button!However, the comparative ease of organizing your trip does not mean that you shouldn’t pay attention to keeping safe wherever you visit. To help you safeguard your travels, here are 3 tips to have a great trip.
Whether you are traveling for business or planning once-in-a-lifetime around the world trip, having travel insurance is a necessity. While you may be traveling light and only packing things which you can easily replace, your baggage and personal belongings pale into insignificance if you become unwell while away: there is no price for good health. Insurance can cover you for:
- Medical emergencies and, if necessary, evacuation to your home country
- Trip cancellation
- Baggage and personal possessions
- Personal liability
You must read carefully the terms and conditions of the insurance policy that you select. Some policies do not cover all the areas listed above, so make sure that you are fully aware of what your preferred insurance covers.
The documents you have for travel include your passport, tickets, and perhaps your driving license. Take pictures of them on your smartphone and e-mail them to yourself so that if you lose them, you have access to copies of them.Doing this will save you time and stress should you need to arrange replacements while you are away.
It is a good idea to keep copies of your documents in an accessible place. If you purchased your tickets online, print out two copies of both the outward and return tickets for your journeys and keep them in plastic wallets separately about your person and within your hand luggage. If you lose a copy in transit, it won’t matter because you have another. Keeping your travel documents in a plastic wallet will mean that you know exactly where they are and help you to keep organized. If you are traveling within Europe, and your flight is delayed for more than three hours, remember to ask a representative from the carrier for a document that confirms your later arrival time and keep it safe. Specialized companies such as Fairplane.co.uk can pursue compensation for you in the courts, and this document will help them claim on your behalf.
- Money and valuables
You may not be traveling with large amounts of cash for your trip, but you do need to be aware of keeping your finances safe. Keep your important travel documents and bank cards on your person rather than within a backpack which someone can easily steal. Money belts are a great idea, and while they may be a little uncomfortable to wear, they minimize the risk of being robbed. If possible, keep a few dollars’ worth of local currency in a separate pocket to where you keep your money and valuables, so if you are caught up in trouble, you can give them a smaller amount of cash than you may actually be carrying.
Always pay attention to your surroundings and the company that you are keeping on your travels. If you feel intimidated, threatened or just feel uneasy about the circumstances that you find yourself in, listen to your inner voice and remove yourself from the situation.