Stay Safe when Traveling in a Foreign Country
Are you going to be traveling in a foreign country soon? It is a solo trip? Going with family or friends? Even as a foreign exchange student, all travelers should be aware of their surroundings and safety at all times.
If you are preparing for your first time abroad, or even if you are a seasoned traveler, please read the rules for traveling in a foreign country before you go.
Avoid Dangerous Areas
Most likely you have researched the best restaurants to eat at, the most popular attractions and things to do in the city you are visiting. Have you made a list of things NOT TO DO? In addition to all the fun stuff you will be doing, make a list of places to avoid. Research and ask questions.
Avoid quiet alleys and dimly lit areas. Be aware of the “bad” areas of town and establishments to avoid.
Do Not Keep all Your Valuables in One Place
We have compiled many articles on how to keep your valuables safe while traveling. Check them out:
Tips for People Traveling Alone
- Don’t wear valuable jewelry or carry expensive electronics and gadgets.
- Don’t tell people you are alone.
- Don’t reveal your lodging details.
- Don’t carry a lot of cash.
- Let someone you trust know where you are at all times. Leave your itinerary with family members.
- Don’t drink excessively or leave your drink unattended.
- Join group tours or activities when possible.
- Don’t post your activities on Social Media until you return home.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Follow these steps to stay safe:
- Know the address and location of your lodging and how to get there.
- Know where the local police station is.
- Know the location of your embassy.
- Don’t hail a taxi in a foreign city. Before you get in a taxi have the driver identify him or herself and provide proof of identity.
Have an Emergency Medical Plan
If you get sick or injured while traveling in a foreign country your regular medical insurance doesn’t work quite the same. An emergency medical plan will provide transportation home to your doctors and family.