Planning for a domestic or foregin trip? Awesome. Traveling is the best option to explore new destinations and relax your mind.
Sightseeing can be a very rewarding and exciting experience. But, if you don’t take precautions, your travel can go from joyous to frustrating and potentially dangerous quickly. That’s why it’s so important to take the right precautions before leaving for your trip. Today, we will briefly introduce about some important safety precautions when you are planning for a domestic or foregin travel.
I have traveled to many places. Mostly I go alone. I have encountered several problems in such journeys through unfamiliar places. Even though, I frequently travel in search of new sights and experiences. Do you know why?
Solo trips fill your moments with ultimate freedom, fun, and excitement. Some other benefits are,
- Your confidence will increase. It will enable you to face problems alone.
- Help you learn new things and make connections
- You will get a clear idea of what to do & when.
- Your life will become more organized.
Fine. But a little carelessness or forgetfulness can land you in big trouble. Let’s see what you can do to avoid it and make your trip an unforgettable experience.
Let us get started,
1. Be clear about the destination & near by attractions
You should have a proper idea about the place you intend to go. Search Google and travel planning websites about key attractions, transportation methods to reach them, approximate hours of journey, etc. It helps you to prepare suitable travel plans and book hotel rooms accordingly.
Reading the experiences of travelers who have been to the place before will help you avoid bitter experiences and save money. Today, there are many travel groups on social networking sites like Facebook. If you have any doubts about your destination, ask there. You Will get replies for sure.
2. Select the right accomodation
Once your travel plan is prepared, search and find the right accomodation in the area. Refer multiple travel booking websites or apps to get the best deals.
Analyze user reviews to learn about room quality, customer service, and other facilities. Looking at the photos will give you a rough idea of the room ambience. Also, find out how far it is from there to the places you plan to go. Sometimes the room rent is less. But it will be far away from the city. Then you have to depend on taxi service for every thing. Spending a lot of money on it will cost you more money.
While choosing a room, it is always better to take it within or nearby the main town. Then it can be easily reached at any time by train and bus.
3. What to Pack?
We don’t want to leave anything important behind, but at the same time we don’t want to carry extra baggage. These are the essential items you should carry while traveling,
- Passport/Visa (international travel)
- Booking confirmation receipts (flight/train/bus/cab/hotel/tour packages)
- Travel insurance documents
- International debit/credit cards
- Travel adaptor
- Powerbank/ ear phone
- Water bottle
- Govt. recognized ID cards
- Emergency contact numbers
- Hair & dental care items
- Plastic bags
4. Buy a travel insurance policy
International travelers should always take a good travel insurance policy. Flight delay, lost luggage, travel expenses due to missing connecting flight, loss of passport, unexpected accidents etc. may sometimes be faced.
A good policy can cover all overhead losses. It reduces your mental stress and compensates for losses.
5. Arrange trips to reach each location during daylight hours
Plans should be made to reach unfamiliar places during the day. While this may not be a problem in big cities, elsewhere it is not safe to arrive at night.
For long distance travel, flight or train is best. There will also be rest and accommodation facilities at major railway stations. You can also book online there so you won’t have to worry about reaching the station at midnight.
6. Study the route map in advance
Whenever you go to any place, you should understand the location map of that place. If you know the route and distance from your alighting station to the hotel or bus stand, you can proceed without anyone’s help.
Then others will have the impression that you are not the first in that area and you have a thorough understanding of the place. It will increase your security and boost your confidence.
7. You should always have a backup plan
You may face unexpected situations like theft, accident, etc. As a sole traveler, you have to anticipate all of them and make solutions.
Keep an extra wallet: A wallet containing some cash should be kept in any compartment inside the bag for emergency use. You can also put your secondary bank card and ID card in it.
Save digital ID copies: Upload your identity cards in cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox. If somehow, you lost physical ID cards, you can download and take printouts to claim your identity.
Download mobile banking apps: Today, all banks and credit card companies offer the facility to manage cards online. You can set the transaction limit and disable the card using them. Install and activate banking apps you need, and secure them with passwords that are difficult to guess for others.
Share your travel plans with trusted contacts: Be sure to share your travel information with someone you trust and keep in touch at regular intervals. Be sure to share travel information with someone you trust and keep in touch frequently. That way they can track your location and reach out to you if you need any help.
Are you a frequent traveler? What else do you do to make traveling safer?