Traveling can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person has. Witnessing the majestic beauty of another terrain, connecting with other humans across cultures, and taking some time away from the busyness of everyday life is a beautiful thing. Of course, traveling can also be uncomfortable or downright dangerous. The following will examine a few simple tips to help improve your travel experience and keep you safe on your next adventure.
Understand Luggage Requirements
Take the time to know what size bags you’re allowed to bring on all your different transportation methods. Make sure your luggage meets those requirements. This might involve using a scale to check the weight of your bags. Getting stopped before you’re about to board a flight or hop on a bus because of your bags can result in delays, missed transportation, and sometimes, the need to leave something behind that you’d rather not abandon. Avoid this problem by checking ahead of time that your luggage is acceptable. If you’re having trouble fitting everything you need into the required bag size, watch a few YouTube videos on packing. You’ll be surprised how much more space you can have in your bags when you know how to pack them properly.
Research Your Accommodations
When you’re traveling, you’re often going to be sleeping in new places. When looking for hostels and hotels to book, take the time to research your options. Read the reviews. Do a quick internet search to see if there have been any incidents there in the past. Don’t simply select the least expensive option. You want to know that you and your belongings will be safe while you sleep.
Learn About Local Laws
One of the most beautiful things about humans is how much diversity there is in our cultures and practices. Of course, this can make traveling confusing or even dangerous as different cultures have different expectations for behavior. Learn about the local laws where you’re traveling. If you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, this is even more vital, as some countries have laws against certain kinds of relationships. As well, different places have different stances on drugs and alcohol. Punishments might also be far more severe than you’re expecting based on your experiences in your home country.
Beyond the legality of certain activities, you might also want to know what’s offensive and what’s polite. Sometimes something as simple as packing some modest clothing to wear when touring temples can help you have pleasant encounters with the local population. It’s always a good idea to respect customs as you travel.
Trust Your Instincts
Humans have been on this planet for a while now. Part of the reason we’ve survived is the complexity of our instincts. If something doesn’t feel safe to you, don’t do it. If one path seems untrustworthy, find another one. Studies have found, for instance, that when people wonder if someone’s lying to them, the person is usually lying. Trust yourself and never ignore red flags.
In addition to the above suggestions, it’s a good idea to look up your home nation’s travel advisories. Sometimes international relations can impact how safe a particular destination is for a person of a given citizenship. You also want to be sure that you share your itinerary with someone back home before leaving.