Being young often means our travel plans are open and flexible. The uncertainty of this can make travelling a little dangerous so make sure you are prepared.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe on your next adventure:
- Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t. Nothing is worth a scary experience in a foreign country so make sure you know how to say no when it counts.
- Having travel insurance is super important and will cover you for medical help, lost or stolen items and other nasty suprises. Although it may seem expensive, the cost of buying it is minimal compared to the cost of foreign medical bills, cancelled flights and replacing lost items cost.
- Look up the emergency numbers of each destination you visit so you know what to dial instantly if something goes wrong.
- It isn't necessary to have someone know where you are all the time but it does help if you suddenly find yourself in a bad situation. Using apps like “find friends” means someone you trust can follow your location or look it up if they need to.
- Meeting new people is one of the best parts of travelling but not everyone is who they appear to be. Always meet someone new in a public place and try and have a coffee or a meal first to get a good feel for them.
- Travel with a power bank. Having a dead or low battery phone leaves you vulnerable and out of contact with the world. Having a battery pack means you will never be put in a situation where you can't contact or reach out for help.
- Have a small first aid kit in your suitcase so you are prepared for minor injuries. Packing plasters, antiseptic cream, Saline eye drops and vitamin E should be a minimum.
- Download an offline map app so you can navigate through places even when you don’t have any wifi.