Finally, at long last, it’s almost time to leave the country, skip town, and go outside your comfort zone. Which is why we’d like to congratulate you, dear Re_setter; it’s finally time to go! But before you leave, we’d like to prepare you just a little bit so your trip will go as smoothly as possible.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler (even if you have your own travel blog) or you’re just starting to explore the world, here are 5 situations to avoid at all costs so your trip doesn’t go awry and you don’t get in over your head.
- Losing your passport because you were being too careful
When you’re in another country, the cardinal rule is to always have your passport with you. The official validity of your passport entails certain governmental protections and rights that locals don’t have the same access to, and that can help you get out of some seriously sticky situations.
However, if you bring your passport with you at all times, you could lose it or it could get stolen. For this reason, we recommend that you bring photocopies of your most important documents (ID, passport, driver’s license, etc.) and leave the originals in a security safe in your hotel or in the deposit box at your hotel’s front desk. That way, even if you end up getting robbed your original documents will be safe and sound.
- Hitchhiking or asking for a ride from someone you don’t know
Some countries are famous for being very accessible thanks to local drivers’ generosity. In fact, it’s likely that on your vacation that you’ll make some great friends while you travel. However, we highly recommend that you avoid hitchhiking in any way, shape, or form.
Especially if you’re traveling alone, it’s important that you stay aware of your surroundings and stay in contact with loved ones on a regular basis. Avoid dangerous areas (if a local tells you not to go somewhere, take their word for it) because the fact that you don’t know the area and customs as well as locals could make you an easy target for dangerous people.
- Arguing with locals
Maybe in your house, the custom is to help wash the dishes right away, but at your friend’s house it might be different. Would you scold your friend and their family for their customs? What about if you have different opinions? When you travel, it’s best to be sensitive to the possibility that culture shock between your opinion and that of the locals can be controversial and polarizing. Avoid arguing with locals at all costs, especially when you’re around people whose inhibitions are lowered, especially when you’re in places like bars. Be a good guest and do the best you can to respect local customs. At the end of the day, not everyone will agree with you about the “right” way to be, and that’s just fine.
- Traveling without traveler’s insurance
It’s human nature to hate taking out insurance policies, but nobody is immune to the unexpected. The best thing you can do is lean toward the side of caution and get travel insurance. These insurance policies don’t necessarily just cover medical and health costs, they also ensure that you can get home without a hitch. If you know that you’re traveling to a place with potentially hazardous risks (for example skiing, swimming with sharks, or drinking tap water or trying the local street food in a foreign land where your immune system may not be used to the local bacteria) getting insurance is the best way to put your mind and your family and friends’ minds at ease when you travel.
- Going somewhere without getting the right vaccines
You’ve probably heard this before: if you travel to the jungle, you need to get your vaccinations. Although some vaccines might not be covered by your health insurance, they’re well worth the price because you’ll be protecting yourself from preventable diseases. Besides, nobody wants to be sick in a foreign country, let alone on vacation!
Not to worry though; lots of insurance companies require you to take the necessary precautions and make sure your vaccines are up to date before you go somewhere in order to ensure that you can travel safely and be healthy. If you don’t vaccinate yourself, you’ll run the risk of getting malaria, Zika or another disease and the insurance company might not cover your treatment.
If you follow our advice, you’ll be able to avoid possible mishaps which will allow you to experience, discover, and, most importantly relax and go! Prepare for your next trip with Re_set and save up to 70% on accommodations at over 60,000 destinations around the world. Sign up for your free 90 day trial membership and continue exploring the world how you want to for less. Re_set the way you travel, and travel differently.