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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Guide to Traveling Safely

Traveling can be a great experience, but when you’re far from home, you don’t have the same comforts or luxuries. You might not be insured medically, for example, or you might not know what the emergency number is. Though in many places you should be able to reach emergency services if you dial 911, that isn’t always the case. Being prepared can make any emergency a cinch, however, which is why before you head off on your next trip abroad you will want to follow this guide:

Know That Country’s Emergency Numbers
When you need emergency services, there are two things that you need, ideally. One is the emergency number itself; the second is the ability to ask for help. The first can easily be done by looking up what the emergency services number is in your destination country, and the second can be done by remembering a few phrases in your host’s language so that you can ask for help.

Get Travel Insurance
When you travel abroad in most cases, you won’t have medical insurance. Travel insurance can cover these costs for you, on top of covering your belongings from theft or damage. It is irresponsible not to get travel insurance when traveling, if only for the fact that if you need emergency services or a doctor, you won’t be covered for it and will need to pay out of pocket.

Prepare Accordingly
You should know how to use public transportation, which cabs to use, what the tipping culture is like, and so on. Just knowing a few cultural norms ahead of time can be a great way to prepare and stay safe. For example, knowing what neighborhoods are dangerous is a great way to reduce risk on your trip. If you do intend to go to a neighborhood that has high crime rates, you will want to then look into how to avoid being pickpocketed.

Take the Weather Into Account
If you are traveling by car, you will want to take the weather into account. You won’t want to risk driving on black ice, or during a torrential downpour, for example. Check ahead and plan accordingly so that you don’t get into an accident due to severe weather conditions.

Let Others Know Where You Are
Let your friends or family know where you are and check in with them on a regular basis so that they know you are okay. To be really safe however you will want to create a system. That way, if you get hurt, they can send someone over to investigate or get help.

Know Your Rights
If you are in a car accident, you still have a right to compensation. Simply call up experts from who can help you get the lawyer that is best suited for your case, one who specializes in these situations. That way you can enjoy recovering at home and still get compensated for an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Traveling is a great experience, but you want that experience to be completely accident-free. That is why preparing in advance and knowing your rights can be so key to a successful trip.
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