Backpacking overseas involves one great adventure. You get to see another land, as well as enjoy its own rich culture and beautiful landmarks. However, since you are moving on unfamiliar territories, such activity may be full of danger. No matter how difficult you try to conceal that you are foreign to a new place, chances are, you’ll be sticking out like a sore thumb in that particular place.
If you are fairly new to travelling to a new country, then there are a few things you need to remember in order to have a flawless trip. Here are a few simple rules:
Research And Plan Ahead
Before going to a whole new place, it is important that you do some simple researching and preparation before you leave. A guidebook would be very useful. That way, it can save you a lot of hassle.
Stay Alert And On Your Guard
Yes, the beautiful sights of the place may leave you breathless, but it’s not a good excuse for you to let your guard down. It is always important that you are aware of your surroundings, as well as careful of the people around you. Just as your mum always tell you when you were young – don’t trust strangers too easily.
Secure All Of Your Personal Belongings
Whatever you might be doing, it is important to make sure that your belongings are safe. If staying in a hotel, it is not enough to keep your belongings inside your room. Getting a personal locker where you can keep these things is a better and safer move.
If you’re traveling on a train, don’t just put your bag on the baggage rack. Better lock the bag on to it. Also, if you’re on the road and you need to stop for a picture-taking, a drink or wait for a ride, remember to keep your backpack close to you. In terms of your money and important documents, you will need to keep the originals tucked in a pouch and keep it close to your body. You may also put it underneath your clothes.
You should learn the local dress code as soon as you arrive. If necessary, buy appropriate clothing locally in order to avoid wearing something that screams “UNSUSPECTING TOURIST”, such as those emblazoned with national symbols and logos or some catchy country slogans.
Don’t Get Lost
As a backpacker, it is crucial to know where you’re going. However, if you do get lost, try not to “look lost”. It is not a good idea to open your destination guide or a local map in the middle of the road, so try to resist the urge of doing it. Instead, you can go to a cafe, have a cup of coffee then try to regain your bearing.
If you really need to secure the help of a local, approach them kindly for advice. Just be heedful of people who come to you and offer help, as though all they have are good intentions. These strangers could have other things in mind. Turn them down politely and then move on. Once they follow you around insisting that you accept their help, head quickly to a crowded area or look for the police.
Get Travel Insurance
It is always a must to have financial security. A travel insurance will keep you and your loved ones free from any financial stress. Before you set off, secure yourself with a travel insurance. You at least be prepared for the worst scenarios such as getting yourself caught in an accident, being robbed or be a victim of a personal crime. Whatever happens, it always pays to be safe.
Fill In Your Family With The Plans
This is very important when backpacking in another place. You never know what can happen, so it is crucial that you update any family member of your whereabouts.
A Few Last Tips:
- Always stick to public areas.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Travel in a group or at least with one person. You can also hire a local tour guide.
- Visit the Know Before You Go website for more safe travel tips
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