I recently spent the summer on a fully-paid, round-the-world trip with full safety. In a nutshell, i visited nine countries in just under three months. It was one of the best times of my life. Here are five of the things that made my trip so memorable and fun! Note: the above list was adapted from a short article i wrote for the Huffington post, 10 travel tips for couch surfers.
Read up on common travel scams
With so many scams that target travelers, it’s important for you to be aware of them and watch out for them. Travel is not an easy industry to navigate, but it’s important to be aware of common travel scams and how they may affect you. If a deal sounds too good, it probably is. It’s also important to use a travel credit card with purchase protections and be sure to read those policies carefully before using your card to book anything.
As a traveler, you will be faced with many decisions, some of which may cause you to feel unsure of yourself and your decisions. Here is a great resource to help you know what you’re getting into by reading up on common travel scams. Consider it an insurance policy to safeguard your hard earned money, time and energy.
This summer, keep your vaccinations up to date and be sure to bring plenty of water, food, sleeping bags, and bug repellent. The wildfires have been devastating the American west, so some national parks are closed and the smoke is thick. Be sure to check with the individual park before you go to determine whether it is safe to travel there. Traveling may also affect your immune system, so even if you don’t get sick immediately, you may develop symptoms when you return home.
Eat fresh local produce. Avoid processed foods, which don’t have much nutritional value. And steer clear of alcohol. Your body needs to be focused on keeping you healthy and your immune system strong. If you must drink, try a glass of wine each night with dinner. But let your body rest and recuperate as much as possible. Don―t overtax it with alcohol or junk food.
Keep road safety in mind
Keep road safety in mind. Being aware of all this, it is paramount to be extra careful when driving through the Himalayas and other mountainous areas during the rainy season. Be especially mindful of the weather change and be prepared for the worst. When accidents happen, be sure to have a driver with experience and professional driving skills. Consider hiring a driver for at least part of your journey, especially if you’re traveling as a group or family.
Stay healthy: the number one thing that you can do when traveling to another country is to be aware of the things that will keep you healthy and safe. For example, take precautions against the spread of diseases like typhoid, hepatitis a, e. Coli, and meningitis, depending on where you are going. Keep an eye out for food-borne illnesses, such as salmonella and e. Coli 0157:h7.
Keep valuables out of sight
We’ve all seen this a million times, right? “keep valuables out of sight.” but it’s worth repeating. You’d be amazed at how many tourists leave their purse, camera or laptop on a table outside a restaurant or café, with the expectation that no one will steal anything. However, one of the most important travel safety lessons we can all learn is to never leave our stuff unattended. Thieves are everywhere and some are more adept at picking pockets than others.
Don’t take unnecessary risks
Consider your travel destination carefully. Travel experts recommend against travel to countries with a high risk of infectious diseases, and to visiting regions at the epicenters of poverty, conflict, and natural disasters. After all, no vacation is worth coming home infected with a highly-contagious disease that could put you and your loved ones in the hospital.