There are so many things that make travel incredible - discovering new places, meeting new people around the world, and having fun with family and friends. However, with the many elements that go into planning a trip, there are common pitfalls that travelers make without knowing it... We have put together a list of things that will help you to avoid common pitfalls and safety risks.
1. Be aware of common travel scams
Many famous tourist spots are known for pickpockets and other tourist scams. The best way to protect yourself is to be aware of the risk and make sure you keep your valuables safe.
It's always advisable to do some in-depth research before the trip and talk to other travelers or locals about their experiences. Usually, every country has its own special scams to watch out for.
As a general rule of thumb: If something or someone feels fishy, trust your instincts.
2. Write down emergency info
Make sure you inform family and friends about your travel location (address, contact details) and keep important information like your passport and possible visa stored in a safe place.
Remember to keep important documents, phone numbers or contact information saved in your phone and another place that you can access anytime if required, for example, your email.
It's also a good idea to look up the number for your country's nearest embassy before you leave. Write it down or save it in your phone so you'll have quick access in the event of an emergency.
3. Take Premium Probiolac
Many of the AAVALABS team members swear by Premium Probiolac - not only while traveling but as a daily supplement.
The formula contains 30 carefully selected strains of bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus reuteri. You have probably already come across these names on probiotic yoghurts and sour milk products in the supermarket.
Lactic acid bacteria are helpful to build up and restore healthy intestinal flora. In addition, various studies suggest that certain lactic acid bacteria also have other health benefits. Studies suggest that they have a positive effect on the digestive function and can prevent and reduce diarrhea and ease constipation - common problems experienced by travelers.
Premium Probiolac also contains zinc, a mineral that plays an important role in various metabolic processes. Zinc contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system making it another great asset for your next holiday trip.
Find out more about the benefits of Premium Probiolachere.
4. Know your travel destination
Traveling to unknown places and doing spontaneous trips is exciting. But before just hopping on the next airplane it is really important to do some basic research about your next travel destination.
Make sure you are well informed about:
- Rules of immigration and required documents on arrival
- Safety & travel warnings issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Climate conditions
- Local laws and regulations
- Cultural etiquette
For example, Thailand's lese-majeste law forbids insult of the monarchy so a wrong comment or joke could get you into real trouble. Some travel destinations can also have extreme weather conditions that could be unpleasant or even dangerous.
It's also important to have basic knowledge about a country's etiquette. Ignoring it could lead to conflicts, misunderstandings or in the worst case fines or legal trouble.
5. Watch your valuables
Losing one's bag or getting robbed is probably the worst-case scenario for most travelers.
That's why your job is to minimize the easy opportunities for theft.
While on the road stay alert and make sure you keep your valuables close to you at all times. There are special travel bags that are protected with locks or have hidden compartments.
While staying at a destination it is advisable to keep your valuables locked up in a safe. Never carry all your debit and credit cards with you during regular day trips or keep all your money in one place. Like this, you will have a back-up in case you lose one card or someone robs your purse.
6. Use common sense
Most risks while traveling can be avoided just by using common sense.
- Taking photos in a slum area with your fancy photo equipment on your own?
- Hitchhiking in the middle of the night in a secluded area?
- Going trekking in areas with wild animals without a guide?
Maybe not the best idea.
A good rule of thumb: If locals don´t do something, you probably shouldn't either. Especially if you are traveling solo as a woman it is advisable to take extra precautions when traveling in more traditional and male-dominated cultures.
And one more thing: Drink responsibly!
This is probably one of the most important safety tips while traveling as drinking can make you more vulnerable to crime, violence, and scams of any kind.
Make sure you drink in moderation, always keep an eye on your drink and only stick with brand names. Be especially careful with unregulated homemade drinks offered under the table or on roadsides.
7. During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Follow general rules of conduct and hygiene
How to travel safely during a pandemic?
Many people are currently asking this question. As many countries have closed their borders and air travel is only slowly returning back to normal local travel is probably the safest bet during this summer.
Tourism experts predict that more people will favor outdoor and nature destinations due to safety concerns. But If everyone heads to the same forest or mountain, it can get crowded. By choosing less crowded destinations you can follow social distancing rules more easily. Staying outdoors as much as possible will lessen the risk of exposure to the virus. Make sure you wash your hands frequently, especially when coming in contact with other people and surfaces.
Some of the most important travel accessories this year probably include washable masks and hand sanitizer. Make sure you have them in your handbag at all times.