Nothing beats travelling, leaving your troubles behind and taking off on a big adventure. The best way to travel is to try not to worry too much about all the things that can go wrong, though this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your part to make sure it’s all smooth sailing. The following are great ways to stack the odds in your favour and give yourself the best shot at a disaster-free holiday.
No matter what your budget, you should try to invest at least a little money in some peace of mind. Remember that it doesn’t have to break the bank. Some of the cheap travel insurance options will be enough to have you covered for everything you need. Without insurance you could find yourself in a disaster situation. Be smart and don’t leave yourself vulnerable; make it the first thing you organize.
If you really want to avoid disaster striking on your trip, don’t carry all your money in cash. It’s a good idea to have your money in a few different forms such as cash, traveller’s cheques and on plastic; and keep them in different parts of your luggage. This way you will be safeguarded from losing all of your money in one go if you lose your wallet or are the victim of a robbery.
Before heading to a new destination, it’s definitely worth reading up on what’s going on in the area as even places that are usually quiet can all of a sudden become the scene of a riot. Often it just comes down to luck, though it is sometimes easy to tell that a particular area should be avoided. If in doubt, talk to the locals as they are sure to know if it’s safe for you to visit.
If you don’t speak the local language, be sure to bring a language book so you can have some idea of what’s going on. There is nothing as disempowering as being unable to communicate with others, and if there is some kind of emergency, knowing what is being said may help you avoid a really bad situation. If you want people to help you, you are going to have to help yourself, get a book and start practicing.
Before checking into any accommodation, make sure you have read some of the reviews from people who have stayed there before. There is nothing worse than sinking a heap of cash into a place that turns out to be a dump. Most places will have a website with customer reviews available, and if they don’t, opt for a different place.
Travelling is sure to be a great experience for you if you’ve done a bit of homework. Most people you meet will go out of their way to help you and it’s extremely rare for people to have threats made on their safety. Just being prepared will mean you don’t need to rely as much on others and can feel confident and ready for an awesome adventure.