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How to protect yourself when travelling abroad?

Ensure your safety and well-being during international travels with this comprehensive article. Discover essential tips on personal security, health precautions, and cultural awareness to protect yourself and have a smooth and enjoyable experience while traveling abroad.

  • 27 Jul 2023
  • 3 min read

Travelling is always enjoyable and arguably the best way to discover other cultures and the world. You want to relax and enjoy while travelling. Explore your destination, try new things, and meet new people. Travelling is a great way to learn and grow, and it’s an experience you’ll never forget. However, travelling comes with some risks, such as the possibility of robbery or common tourist scams.


Tips to protect yourself when travelling abroad 

Here are some tips on how to protect yourself when travelling abroad.

Learn as much as you can about your destination before you arrive, such as the customs, laws, crimes and security issues that may exist there. Check the government and different websites to find out more information about the local areas and state.

You should be well aware of the crimes in that area, as certain places have a greater crime rate than others. Be mindful of your surroundings and make efforts to safeguard yourself from crime, such as keeping only necessary valuables with you and avoiding flashing your money around or wearing expensive, flashy pieces of jewellery because that would make you an obvious target for robbery. Drink responsibly; this has to be one of the most vital safety tips for travellers, especially ladies, and always keep an eye on your drink. Being drunk in a new place makes you an easy target for robbery or worse. Having digital copies of your travelling documents is great in case your document holder or pouch gets snatched away from you while walking. Try to blend in with the local crowd and dress as the locals do; this will make you not look like an obvious tourist. If you have lost directions, step inside a café and ask for directions or use maps. Be mindful when you are using your cards to take out cash. ATMs attached to banks are safer and less likely to have been tampered with by scammers. Never keep all of your money in one place. Share it among your family members, or keep some back in your hotel room so you aren't left empty-handed if anything gets stolen. Avoid using public Wi-Fi whenever possible because it is quite simple for unethical hackers to hack your phone or infect your gadgets with viruses via public Wi-Fi.

Travel insurance can help protect you in the event of unforeseeable occurrences, such as delayed or cancellation of trips, medical expenses, and more, by assisting you in preventing financial losses. Since there are different travel insurance policies, go through them and choose the right one that covers the risks you are most concerned about. Most travel insurance policies come with a waiting period, so get your policy as early as possible. 

Check with your family and friends, and send them your itinerary. If you are using cabs, send your live location to a few friends, and if you are car-pooling, double-check your driver's name and vehicle information. You can also call off the cab if the other passengers act suspiciously.

It's always great to have emergency alert apps on your devices. With the help of these apps, you may communicate with other first responders and view local emergency occurrences. Such apps alert users to potential dangers or disruptions to travel in real time. It includes tips for avoiding the latest scams and helps users locate nearby hospitals.

Before you leave, search out the emergency contact information for your destination. It's a good idea to find the local embassy's phone number. To have quick access to them in an emergency, write them down or save them to your phone.



Investing in travel insurance is wise as you’ll get protected if something unexpected occurs before your travel, like cancellation of your trip if there's a demise in the family, other than the standard features of a plan. Choose a comprehensive policy within your budget. 

You can travel safely by heeding these recommendations. These travel suggestions could seem bothersome, but it is better to be safe than sorry in the long run. Someone can assist you immediately in the event of trouble if they know where you were supposed to be that day.

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