Posted: 12/15/23 | December 15th, 2023
Staying safe on the road is a top concern for….well, everyone. No one wants to get scammed, hurt, or sick on the road. No one wants to get robbed. And, when you are going somewhere you have never been before, it’s normal be cautious. You don’t know what to expect or how to play it safe. There’s a lot of unknowns. While every country in the world is different, there’s some standard practices and common rules you can use to stay safe when you travel. Some of these rules are common sense, some were sadly learned from first hand experience! Here are my 10 safety tips to ensure everything goes smoothly when you travel:
1. Learn about common scams
While scams are rare, they are out there, waiting for unwitting travelers to stumble into them. Most will only cost you a few bucks and a bit of embarrassment, but others can fleece you. Be sure to read up on your destination to see if there are any common scams to be aware of. On my first trip to Thailand I was scammed multiple times on my first day. It was just a few bucks, fortunately, but it was still awkward and unpleasant. Since that trip, I’ve always made sure to be vigilant and research scams before I travel. Common travel scams include taxis not using their meter because it’s “broken,” people trying to rope you into signing a petition (and then demanding a donation), or people selling fake (or overpriced) tickets to attractions. Review this list of common scams before you go so that you’re ready for whatever is thrown your way.
2. Buy travel insurance
One of the very first things I do once I book a trip is buy travel insurance. I know, it’s not a fun part of travel planning and it’s a boring thing to read (and write) about. But buying insurance early guarantees I’m covered in case I need to cancel my trip, if my flight is canceled or delayed, and much more. For just over a dollar per day you get peace of mind, knowing that, should something go wrong, you won’t have to deal with it (or pay for it) alone. I never leave home without travel insurance. You shouldn’t either. If you’re on a budget, SafetyWing is my go-to company for affordable plans. If you’re really concerned and want someone to call in an emergency, check out Medjet. Medjet has a security response membership, MedjetHorizon, with 24/7 security teams ready to help (and extract you if necessary). It can also get you moved home if you’re hospitalized. Most travel insurance plans just move you to the nearest hospital, but Medjet will get you to your preferred facility in your home country, no questions asked. If you want to learn more, you can read my complete review of Medjethere. You can get a Medjet quotehere (there are super affordable short-term and annual memberships). For more information on travel insurance, here’s a list of all my recommended travel insurance companies.
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