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.

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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.

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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.

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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.