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6 Travel Safety Tips You Cannot Ignore

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6 Travel Safety Tips You Cannot Ignore

People travel for all kinds of reasons. Some people travel for exploration, while others travel for career purposes. But whatever the reason behind your travel, you will want to stay safe throughout your trip.

Here are six travel safety tips you should never ignore in order to make your short jaunt or long journey worthwhile.

1. Research the area before you go.

Research the place you’re going to before you leave. The fastest and best way of doing this is searching the web for legal information, advice and things you need to to know in advance. You can learn about the local customs, including how to dress appropriately and some key phrases used in the local languages.

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Also, try and find an updated map of your travel destination, and learn about the area’s geography and main attractions. You’ll be able to get around much better when you know the local geography. Make sure the car you rent has safety features installed in case you do not have any idea of the traffic.

Learning about your travel destination makes you more enlightened and aware of the potential risks, and helps you be well prepared to capably deal with emergencies which might occur. You can also check travel advisories and warnings from reputable sources, and take note of the potential issues/problems you may encounter.

2. Make copies of everything before you leave.

Make copies of your passport, tickets, visas, driver’s license, credit cards, and other important documents. Do not forget to make copies of your car keys as well. Keep the documents in separate locations and also make an electronic copy. In case something happens (for instance, your documents get stolen), this will make it easy for you to recover. You can email an electronic copy of your documents to yourself, so that you are able to access them when needed.

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Do not forget to leave a copy of everything with someone you trust or a family member. You also need to make sure someone knows your plans, and where you will be. You can set a schedule for getting in touch; make sure you call/communicate when you say you will.

3. Register with the state department.

Well, nobody expects to encounter terrorist attacks, natural disasters or such other emergencies while they are traveling. However, if you happen to experience such emergencies, you want to be well-prepared. You should consider enrolling in the State Department’s Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) before you leave. When you enroll in this program, the nearest United States Embassy will be able to easily find you and help you in case something happens.

4. Secure your credit cards and cash.

Money is the one thing you will need to take with you regardless of how light you intend to travel. Unfortunately, if you happen to lose your money, or have a credit card stolen, you will find yourself in a rather stressful situation.

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The best way of staying safe is to get a hidden wallet or purse that you can wear underneath your clothing. Also, make sure you lock away the rest of your cash in the hotel’s safe.

To be extra safe, you can prepare what is known as a mugger’s wallet. This is a dummy wallet with just a small amount of cash, expired credit card and even fake IDs. In case you happen to get mugged, you can just give away the dummy wallet.

5. Secure your luggage.

If you’re traveling with luggage, you should take good care of it. Never let your luggage out of sight, especially when in a foreign country. Consider purchasing a high quality padlock to keep all of your bags secure.

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Also, don’t offer to carry a bag for another person/traveler unless you absolutely trust them. You might find yourself carrying drugs or other illegal items without your knowledge.

6. Trust your gut.

Always trust your gut. In case something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Do not let excitement and stress of travel cloud your common sense. If something seems off like an offer from a stranger, go with your instinct and turn down the offer.

Also, avoid looking like a tourist. The more you stand out, the more likely you’re to become the target for thieves and criminals. Try and dress like the locals, and avoid the fanny packs and khakis.

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

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6. Charter a Boat

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Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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