Safe Travels for the First Timer


Whether you are going to a local or foreign place, traveling for the first time is always going to be an eye-opening experience. Of course, you don’t want that eye-opening experience to be a negative one. The best way to avoid that is to learn some safe travel techniques. Use these steps to ensure that you stay safe when you’re on the road, whether you are alone or with a companion.

1. When in doubt, eat/drink safely- Food and water contamination is one of the banes of traveling on a foreign land. Encountering food poisoning while on the road is certainly not your idea of fun. If you are in doubt about the water supply of your destination, make sure to bring bottled drinking water with you. Also, before eating at a specific restaurant, make sure to check if the place is compliant to sanitary standards. Last but not least, be aware of your own food allergies and sensitivities. Remember that when in doubt, it’s best to eat and drink safely.

2. Don’t bring along too many expensive equipment- It is important that you don’t bring too many expensive equipment with you while traveling, especially if you are on the road alone. Bringing too many expensive things with you such as high-end gadgets and jewelry makes you an instant target for criminals, putting your things (and most importantly your life) at risk. When walking around in an unfamiliar land, it’s best to leave those things alone.

3. Dress comfortably and modestly- When you are traveling in a foreign land, remember that comfort is more important than fashion. It is important that you dress clothing that is appropriate for your destination. Wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather and wear footwear that provides both comfort and protection. Also, it is important that you wear clothes in a modest manner. Avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing, too expensive, or too inappropriate. Lastly, make sure to respect the customs of the place you’re visiting when choosing clothes.

4. Do your homework- Before heading to a particular place, it will help if you at least try to get to know about the place. Among the vital information that can come in handy for you include the most dangerous parts of the city, common crimes and scams that happen in the city, people you should try to avoid at all costs, and areas where you can stay safely even as a foreigner. An advanced scouting report on your destination can potentially save you from impending trouble. 

5. Be street-smart- Street smarts is an important thing to have when you are traveling for the first time, especially when you are traveling alone. When making transactions with people, be wary about their intentions and actions. When moving around the city, always be alert and be on the lookout for signs of trouble. Keep your things secured at all times. Lastly, be ready to defend yourself if the worst case scenario happens. You should make your safety a priority at all times. My cousin who works at the Little Rock tree service always carrys a handgun. Little Rock can be a very dangerous place and is actually considered one of the nations top places to avoid for safety sake.

Those are just some tips that can prove useful for any first time traveler. Follow these to improve your chances of coming out of your trip happy and in one piece.