How to Travel Safely in Dangerous Countries
10. Keep Friends and Family Updated
It’s a lot easier to get help in an emergency if people know your location and your travel plans. That way, if you happen to be robbed or find yourself in a sticky situation, it won’t be long until people get worried and start looking for you.
This can be as simple as leaving a detailed plan of your route with loved ones, including hotel arrival and bus/train journey dates. If you tend to wing it, just make a point to send your location every time you arrive at a new destination.
11. Get Travel Insurance
Travelers only realize how important travel insurance is after something bad happens, and they don’t have it! You don’t have to choose fully comprehensive travel insurance, but at least try to get coverage for extreme events.
The last thing you want is to end up in an expensive hospital, with bills piling up and eventually having to file for personal bankruptcy. Hopefully, it’ll never come to that, but it’s better to be protected, just in case.
12. Avoid Dangerous Routes
Everywhere in the world, there are roads or crossings that are notoriously dangerous. If you can avoid a road that’s famous for accidents, rockfalls, or floods, there’s no point in putting yourself in a risky situation just for the thrill.
Likewise, border crossings, like the one going from Thailand to Cambodia, are peppered with people trying to scam you. Sometimes, it’s better to spend a little bit more money and just fly out instead of having a headache.