Traveling the world, seeing new places, opening yourself up to new people and experiences, brings with you an element of risk. But incredible fluctuations mean that it is worth taking a risk. We know that travel is largely safe and people are generally good but there are a lot of risks that are not worth taking you while traveling around the world. Here are four you should try to avoid – take our word for it.
1. Fluttering Your Wealth
Some of the most incredible places to visit are often countries where wealth is not plentiful. You should never forget that when you are in their country you are in a privileged position and this involves being very careful about becoming an easy target. Walking the streets with your new smartphone in hand, an expensive watch on your wrist and a wallet hanging from your pocket are not smart. It is, in fact, an invitation to those who target travelers. When you are in a new country, try your best to show humility and not stand out from the crowd. Dress politely, act respectfully and you’ll be fine. If you are loud, obnoxious and flash your money around, you will be targeted by thieves.
2. Do not buy travel insurance
Every penny matters when you are traveling but you should never go without travel insurance just to save some quid. It’s not worth it. If you get unwell or get injured while running away, you will quickly realize why it was foolish not to cover up.
Stealing your belongings is worrying and stressful, especially if you are abroad. Travel insurers urge you to report any theft to local authorities within 24 hours of the incident. They will change things quickly and allow you to come along on your journey. Do not leave yourself in a situation where you do not offer that kind of help. Good policies can be cheap and easy in less than 20 minutes.
3. Drinking too much or taking drugs
A foreign prison should not have much space in one’s bucket list. But if you are a bit overcome by drinking too much or taking drugs while you are traveling, you can quickly find yourself in a situation that you will actually avoid. Of course, you should enjoy yourself during the journey and cut your hair short. But always keep a measure of control and remember that you are in a different country, with a different culture. Buying drugs is a huge risk. Think about the fall and then move on.
4. Book tight connection
It goes without saying that making your flights on time is an important part of any trip. Therefore, when you are planning your itinerary, do not leave yourself such close connections that you doubt you will struggle to make. Missing a flight can result in a terrible knock both financially and logistically. Flights may be cheaper, but they are cheaper for a reason. This risk is not worth taking.