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Travel is life. At least that’s how people who travel feel about it.
Together, Wei and I have been to 55+ destinations around the World and we’re not letting this lockdown keep us down.
We’re heading to Milan, Florence, and Positano to get the last of the Summer Season in Europe.
But we’re not so stupid, either. We’re taking precautions and being safe.
Here are our Top 5 Safety Tips for Travel Today.
1. Only buy tickets from reliable websites and outlets
Purchasing goods and services from the Internet can be either beneficial or risky. However, with caution and research, one should ideally learn to distinguish harmful from legit online merchants. Likewise, when buying plane tickets from the web, it’s best to only get from established and well-reviewed websites for the best experience, cheaper flights, and especially, safer transactions.
Expedia and Agoda are two of the most popular and oldest online plane ticket outlets available. Apart from safety and legitimacy, both offer discounts on fares, alerts on price changes, and even membership for travel perks. Yet, going directly with the airline company website proves to be the safest choice around. Accordingly, in this case, websites like Skyscanner and Google Flights make it easier to locate airline outlets, complete purchases and even score the lowest fares on time.
2. Book accommodation in advance on safe websites
Arranging the accommodation on the place of travel in advance provides different benefits. First, it saves travelers from the hassle and possible extra costs of locating inns, staying in expensive hotels, or even paying compensation due to availing of rooms without booking. Next, it will help avoid transacting with unreliable and scam websites resulting from the lack of time to prepare and research.
In the process, one can book rooms or accommodations on well-known and trusted websites like Booking.com. In this service, it’s possible and easy to choose the country or place to visit, view most-rated hotels/inns, learn accommodation details (inclusions, services, etc.), and reserve for a particular date.
3. Make a copy and digital copy of important documents
Apart from clothing, gear, money, and emergency kits, bringing complete documents is vital. However, even with extra caution, the possibility of losing and damaging paper documents is still unavoidable. Thankfully, carrying a copy or duplicate both physically and digitally would help minimize the effects of this problem.
Regardless of whether it’s a traveling permit, receipts, tickets for accommodations/fares, and any other physical document, it’s vital to secure the original copy and obtain a duplicate or photocopy in a separate compartment or storage. Also, taking photos of these things and storing them in cloud drives is an excellent way to have more backups in case of unexpected events. On the other hand, for documents that are not reproducible or are only available as one copy like Passports, it’s best to use a rugged, water-resistant, or any secure enclosure.
4. Get medical insurance and protect critical information
Like losing or damaging documents, even with extra carefulness, incidents and health hazards can still happen. Moreover, while it’s easy to bring medicines and remedies or go to clinics, availing of medical insurance beforehand would help avoid high costs and other difficulties.
Aside from one’s health, it’s also vital to protect critical information like government credentials, financial accounts, and more. However, since most transactions happen online now, it’s much easier and convenient for criminals to steal identity, money, or do other illicit acts than ever. Luckily, there are also now more solutions like Spokeo Protect to defend oneself from these vulnerabilities.
Spokeo Protect from Spokeo, a reverse lookup tool and people search website, helps users safeguard their credits, financial accounts, Social Security Numbers, medical insurances, and much more. Also, it provides alerts for any suspicious or alarming activity so that one can take immediate actions before a criminal can do more devastating things. Lastly, Spokeo’s email lookup tool and phone number search features could also help.
5. Consider the internet connection in the foreign country destination
Again, as most transactions and communication now happen online, it’s essential to consider the internet connection of laptops or phones when traveling to other places, especially in foreign countries. While it’s possible to find hotels that have WiFi or purchase a local SIM, there are still issues like slow connection or incompatible devices to local towers and ISPs. As a solution, one can buy a cheap burner or smartphone in the place of travel and avail a data plan for essential online activities. Additionally, purchasing an internationally-supported SIM like GoSIM, OneSIM, and TravelSIM will help travelers have internet connection anywhere in supported countries.
Travel Anywhere Safely
After learning about the above tips, you’re likely now more knowledgeable and ready for your next tour. If that’s the case, we’re glad we could help you stay safe on your trips. However, if you’re still looking for more advice, then planning everything, consulting with traveling experts, and having a companion would help make journeys safer, cost-effective, and enjoyable. Good luck, and we wish you the best in your travels.
Maguire Haigh is a marketing manager for Spokeo. He is interested in the latest technology trends, marketing strategies and business development. He also prefers traveling, exploring the world and meeting new people. Maguire has great experience in creating and editing articles on different topics.