How To Travel With Adventure And Safety In Mind May 09 2017, 0 Comments
In many ways, travel is about letting go of fears and expectations while experiencing the world as if for the first time. Often you are immersed in unfamiliar environments and cultures. There is a sense of naivety and almost childlike rediscovery of the senses. You are experiencing the unknown.
Yet, it's important to know that you will be safe on your journey. This is a concern for any traveler in the right mind. A responsible and well-informed attitude will go a long way, as will some preparation. The key is to be able to mix a sense of adventure with a sense of caution.
The first step is to research your destination and understand just a little about the culture and situation of the country. Is there anything that you need to watch out for? Whether it be the midday sun or pickpockets in the central station, make a note of it.
Many people are surprised to find out that the country that they are traveling to is statistically just as safe as their home country. There are exceptions, of course, and this is why it is important to do a little research, but in a lot of cases it is mostly petty offenses like theft that are an issue for visitors.
Before you set off, you can also make further preparations by making sure you are well equipped to protect your belongings. Inside zip pockets are always a good idea, and cash and valuables should be kept safely on your person. Many travelers prefer to carry their passport with them. The other option is to have it locked up at your hotel.
Take extra precautions by photocopying your passport and taking a few copies with you stored in various places around your bag and on your person. This will make it much easier to get a replacement if the unfortunate should happen. It can also be comforting to let someone close to you know your general itinerary.
You might be wondering by this stage where the adventure comes into it? Well, with a little preparation and planning, you are going to be in a much better position to let yourself go a bit when you are actually traveling. You don't want to turn down valuable life experience out of fear of getting mugged; you just want to lessen your chances that it will ever happen and be ready to deal with it if a sticky situation did arise.
When you do embark on your journey, exercise the same level of awareness and common sense (if not more) that you use back home. If you see a dark alleyway that makes you feel vulnerable, don't walk down it! If a person give you the creeps, don't carry on waltzing with them.
Of course, you cannot live in fear, neither in your everyday life or during your travels. The trick is to be able to distinguish between a hazardous situation and a fun one. I have been asked to locals’ houses for dinner and have accepted their invitation. No harm has come of it, but my alarm bells are ever ringing if I sense that I must politely decline.
It's like this: everything is situational. If you're invited to a casino game at a legitimate establishment in France, home of the roulette wheel, then the chances are you are in for a pretty safe night of fun. If you're invited to a backstreet game of poker in downtown Rio at 1am, then probably jump in the nearest taxi. Use your best judgement, just as in life.
Travel is an awesome way to explore new cultures, get to know yourself better, and meet fascinating people from all over the world. It's all about the adventure and with preparation and a strong mental attitude you can have a safe journey that you will remember forever.