Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy When Traveling the World
Nothing is more exciting and thought provoking than world travel. You get to experience other cultures firsthand and see sites that you have only read about or saw on TV. You should definitely make it a point to do some traveling when you get the chance; at the same time, you should be aware that plans can go wrong when you’re in unfamiliar places. Serious mishaps are rare, but it’s still best to be prepared.
Secure Your Money
According to Credit Card Insider (http://www.creditcardinsider.com/credit-cards/prepaid-secured/), one of the safest ways to handle money when traveling abroad is to have a prepaid card. Naturally, you will want to carry some cash and perhaps traveler’s checks as well; however, a prepaid card can be a good place to keep the bulk of your money. This is much safer than a credit card, which may have a high spending limit that thieves can run up if they gain possession of it. With a prepaid debit card, you can place just the amount of money you need on it and refuel the card when necessary. The best kinds are ones that don’t have your name or other personal information listed. That way, if the card is lost or stolen no one can use it to go online and make purchases.
The Buddy System
Muggings are not that common in most cities, but they do occur. You can greatly reduce the chances of this happening to you by taking a few simple precautions. Traveling in groups rather than alone will make you a lot safer. Muggers can tell if you’re a tourist who is not familiar with the city, trust me, it’s very easy to spot someone who isn’t a local. Most people who pickpocket travelers watch them in local markets and see if they pull out a huge wad of cash and see if they slip it back into their pockets. To make yourself less of a target, travel in groups and keep your money safe (http://www.amazon.com/SE-Zippered-Durable-Lightweight-Travel/dp/B001MTUJRM/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1374068066&sr=1-1&keywords=travelers+money+belt). Always keep your money tucked away in a safe spot where people cannot access it without having a great deal of trouble. If you go out with other people, however, they are unlikely to target you. Even if you are traveling alone, you can meet people at hostels or on trains and make arrangements to do things together at night. Meeting new people is fun and it also keeps you safer.
The last thing you want when traveling is to get sick. One of the most common causes of sickness for travelers is drinking contaminated water. Since you aren’t used to the water, your immune system isn’t able to fight off parasites that locals may be able to tolerate. That’s why you should stick to bottled water if you’re in an area where the water is of questionable purity. It’s a little more expensive to purchase bottled water all the time, but it’s well worth it if it prevents you from catching a nasty bug! If you do happen to catch something from the water, contact the nearest hospital as soon as you can! To be knowledgeable ahead of time, do some research to find out which countries have safe water (http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/swit.htm) and which ones do not.
KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.