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How to stay safe while travelling

How to stay safe while travelling

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Now that the opportunity to travel is back up and running, you may be planning your next long-awaited break. Travelling is an amazing experience, no matter where you go, but it does come with some risks so here are a few ways to ensure that you stay as safe as possible on your next trip.

Documents

Whenever you are travelling you should be sure to keep all your documents in a safe place and make copies of them if you can. Some important documents that you may need include your passport, visa documents, driver’s licence and travel insurance documents.

Travel insurance is a necessity wherever you go and can protect you from a whole host of issues that could occur during your trip from delayed flights to accidents and injuries that require medical attention. If you do get injured at all during your trip, whether it is an accident while on an organized hike or food poisoning from your hotel, you may be able to make a claim so it is important to keep copies of any documents or receipts for treatment that you may receive.

Be aware of public Wi-Fi

You should always be wary of connecting to public Wi-Fi, but you may find yourself more inclined to access it when travelling if you don’t have data on your mobile. Public Wi-Fi puts your data at risk if you don’t have a virtual private network (VPN) and can allow hackers to steal valuable data such as credit card numbers and other important information. VPNs are easy to set up and you should be sure to get one if you plan on connecting to public Wi-Fi if you want to access the internet securely.

Research your destination

Before you head on your travels, you should always research the destination that you are visiting. It is important to be aware of the local culture, rules and laws of the place you are going as well as any behavior that could be deemed offensive in order to ensure that you are respecting the place you are visiting, as well as the people that you may come across. It is also a good idea to read up on any common scams and crimes that you may come across on your trip. Generally, any major city will have high rates of pickpocketing so it’s best to be prepared for this and take the appropriate precautions. Finding out which areas of the place you are visiting are considered safe and which should be avoided is also a good idea to stay as safe as possible.

Secure your valuables

If you are staying in a hotel during your trip then you are likely to find a safe in your room. You should always use this to keep important items and documents secure while you are travelling and ensure that you reset the code so that only you know what it is. For those staying in hostels, you may find a locker in a common area that can be used to store your belongings but you are likely to need to bring your own padlock, so be aware of this beforehand.

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