While American citizens have grown accustomed to the near-daily travel warnings and share them with friends and family, the problem of traveling safely and independently has been a serious one for many years. Some of the warnings are provided for the general public, either through warnings of dangerous holiday destinations or through visits by officials tomorbidly inclined countries. Some of the others are specific to travelers in their own countries.
The only sure way to secure yourself against some tragic event happening elsewhere on foreign soil is to follow a few simple rules.
1)Get a good understanding of the culture you will be traveling to. Summer is usually the most dangerous time of the year for tourists. There is more traveling, more muggings, and easier targets for thieves.
2) Know what your target destination stands for and what rules they apply to you. If they are not the same as you, there is a strong possibility that you could be arrested, Sites like the FBI travel website can provide you with useful information.
3) Carry a good map of the location you will be staying. One of the frequent mistakes people make is to not be map searching constantly. You will find yourself wasting tons of time and money looking for a particular city after you have already visited several cities.
4) If you are only going to visit a single city, it is best to visit it alone. If you are traveling with a group, you are likely to be divided into smaller groups, and even independent travelers will request your company once you arrive.
5) Avoid going off course. If you find yourself in a situation where you must go somewhere you have never been before, always ask yourself “If I was traveling alone, what is the likely outcome?” This question will enable you to decide whether you really want to risk it all by going alone, or whether you should trust your traveling companions.
6) Researching the route you will be traveling will be very important, and should be a priority. If you can’t find information on the internet, phone books, or travel agent information, you need to enlist the help of a travel agent or book your trip through an agency that specializes in your destination.
7) Bring the right kind of travel protection. Even though you will not be required to purchase travel insurance, it will be a good idea to have it. Single travelers are at risk of serious injury or even death, and can cost thousands of dollars in medical bills if they are injured.
8) Register with your government. The US Department of State has received many complaints about scams in different countries. In order to avoid being scammed it is wise to contact the government and report the situation. This will aid the authorities to investigate and possibly prevent future scams.
9) Don’t leave food unattended. Careless leave the reins to your house on faucet and other hazards. Also care about leaves on your porch and do not leave items lying around idle for days at a time.
10) Don’t be Universities. While traveling in foreign countries it is wise to stay away from popular universities as many are widely known to be defrauding students by requiring them to pay course fees on student tours alone. Especially, do not attend parties, socials or band concerts by students without an approved form. You as an individual must not sponsor such events.
11) Follow the rules. Whenever and wherever you travel, you must follow travel safety rules. In addition to keeping track of your belongings, you must report any suspicious activity to the authorities. It is important to refrain from smoking and drinking in populated areas. Whenever you are approached by a stranger ask for details about the person’s identity. It is wise to ask everyone you meet on a bus, if you are unsure whether they are men or women, to notify a police officer. For other ways to avoid being a target of crime, always keep a low profile on the street and avoid hooking up with a stranger. You may also be a target of crime if you speak a different language, so learning a few words of the language can never hurt.
12) Get out in the sun. Schedule a daily excursion in the hottest part of the day. The goal is to maintain your body temperature in the high 90’s. An easy way to do this is to always expose yourself to the sun. Do this at least a few times a day as you will soon discover that high temperatures have an effect on your hearing.
13) Protect yourself from dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids each day. Try to avoid alcohol at all. The alcohol dehydrates you body and will result in headaches and other symptoms. High temperatures can also cause dehydration, so stay hydrated and drink lots of fluids.
14) Avoid extreme temperatures. Be aware that high temperatures can weigh you down and cause you to be more susceptible to injury. Try to stay in the 85-90’s.