If you’re planning on traveling abroad, whether it’s for business or for pleasure, you need to remember that you’re not in your own country, so if something goes wrong, it may not be as easy to deal with it as it would normally back home. Not to worry though. Traveling abroad is a wonderful experience, and there some easy steps that you can take to make sure that you’re able to stay safe.
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Don’t Discuss Politics
They say to never discuss politics or religion in public. When you’re abroad, this is even more true, especially when it comes to politics. In the current global environment that we live in, politics remains a hot button issue in many regions in the world. You don’t want to wind up in a situation where you have unknowingly offended someone. It’s best just to politely decline any questions about your take on political issues, especially being an American.
Keep a Copy of Your Address on You
Make sure to always have a copy of the address that you’re staying at on you. Either write it down on a piece of paper or have it saved on your phone. Don’t try and memorize the location. Remember, you’re most likely not familiar with the area, so it can be easy to get lost. One thing to note is that many people often get confused in a new location during the night compared to the day. It’s easy to become disoriented in recognizing the streets when it’s dark compared to during the day.
Look Up the Areas You’re Walking In
Virtually every city in the world has areas that are worse than others and more prone to crimes occurring. If you’re staying abroad in a city, do some research online to see which neighborhoods should be avoided, especially at night. You don’t want to be walking in a very dangerous area by accident.
Don’t Dress Too Flashy
This is especially true for third-world countries. Don’t dress too flashy or wear expensive jewelry on you. You’re making yourself a target if you do so. For example, if you’re wearing an expensive watch and are walking in an area that’s not well-lit at night, you could be a target for muggers.
Have Backup Cards and Don’t Carry Much Cash
Only carry the amount of cash that you need. It’s better to use your debit or credit card instead. Besides avoiding carrying large amounts of cash, you should always make sure that you have a backup card or cards stored in a safe location, just in case your other cards happen to get lost or stolen. This way, you’ll ensure that you have a backup source of money.
Register With Your Embassy
If you’ll be staying abroad for awhile, it’s a good idea to register with the U.S. Embassy. That way, if there’s an emergency, your loved ones, as well as the U.S. government, can help locate you easier. It’s recommended that you register with the embassy if you’re staying for longer than a week. You can easily do this online in most countries.
Being abroad can be an eye-opening and enriching experience. Just make sure to take some precautions so that your experience is a great one!