9 Safety Mistakes You Make While Traveling

Could you possibly be making these travel safety mistakes without even knowing it? Here are 5 common safety errors travelers make. Next time you’re traveling, be sure to avoid these!

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Not Having Backup Storage for Money and Documents

If you have all of your cash, credit cards and other important documents in one wallet, what will happen if that wallet gets stolen or lost? It’s a very good idea to keep an extra credit card, some cash and photocopies of your travel documents and passport in a separate location. That way, if you do get robbed, you won’t be completely without any money, cards or important information.

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Packing Too Much

Carrying a huge, overloaded suitcase can actually put you in danger for a number of reasons. First of all, you won’t be able to quickly escape an unsafe situation if you’re struggling to carry your bags. Also, dragging a huge piece of wheeled luggage behind you means you don’t look like a seasoned traveler, so you will be more of a target. Someone who has unscrupulous intentions can offer to help you with your bag, putting you in an awkward position. It’s much safer to have a backpack you can comfortably carry without any assistance.

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Going Without Travel Insurance

Don’t try to reduce the budget of your trip by going without travel insurance. You might think “nothing will happen” but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Travel insurance can really save you if you experience an accident, a medical emergency, theft or any other disaster. Make sure that you read the fine print so that you understand what your travel insurance covers you for.

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.