Thinking about taking a grand new adventure across the map, or even better, across the world? Hold up a minute, there’s plenty of preparation to be done if you’re going to enjoy the destination for all its worth. Aside from making a detailed packing list, mapping out all of the interesting stops, and getting a reliable rental car without breaking the bank, you also need to take all of the necessary precautions in order to stay safe, healthy, and happy during your trip.
After all, there are many perils that might lie in wait on the road, so your no.1 priority should be to stay safe at all times. Today, we’re taking a look at the most essential safety tips you should have in mind during your trip.
First things first, always keep in mind that it’s better to prevent something nasty from happening than to have to resolve problems on the road, and this also goes for staying safe as a woman in an unfamiliar city. We live in a world where we constantly have to look over our shoulder, so don’t fool yourself that nothing bad or unpleasant can happen to you on your trip. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do your best to avoid it.
Be sure to research your destination and be mindful of the common perils that might lie in wait. In our sunny state of California, for example, crime might be on a downward trajectory as shown in the 2019 statistics, but you still need to be aware of the crime trends in the region you’re traveling to, particularly the dangers of mugging and sexual assault.
What’s more, always inform yourself on the areas and neighborhoods of certain cities and towns that a female traveler should avoid. For example, if you’re visiting LA, one of the neighborhoods everyone will tell you to avoid is Skid Row, so be sure to research every destination you plan to hit on your trip and stay clear of those shady areas.
Speaking of the way people think, act, and dress, you need to prep yourself for the local culture. If you’re traveling to a faraway destination with a different history and cultural heritage than that of your country and hometown, then you need to be mindful of your demeanor and the way you dress so as not to offend the local community.
This is especially important if you’re traveling to countries that have a predominantly patriarchal society and have strict rules about how women should behave and dress. Sure, be yourself and stand up for women’s rights whenever you can, but know when to pick your battles.
Speaking of picking your battles, the most important thing is to research the current socio-political climate in the country, and assess whether or not the region is safe or welcoming to foreigners. Pay special attention to the countries that are in hostile relations with their neighbors, such as Palestine or Israel. Currently, the most dangerous cities in the world include Caracas, Acapulco, Tijuana, and La Paz, so maybe stick to Tokyo, Amsterdam, Washington, Copenhagen, San Jose, and other safer cities.
Whether your plan is to get around the destination using public transport, or if you’re going to Uber from one part of town to the next, you need to stay safe, because after all, more than 37,000 fatalities occur on US roads alone every single day. This is why you have to learn how to navigate an unfamiliar landscape by researching Google Maps, paying special attention to rugged terrains and those winding roads, like the ones in our sunny state of California.
California’s roads can be wild and unforgiving, and there’s no telling what could happen while you’re driving and taking in the breathtaking sights of our coastline, or navigating the bustling city streets. Again, turn to Google’s live traffic feed in order to get a heads up on any traffic jams, closed or damaged roads, etc.
It’s also a good idea to do research on some reliable San Jose Personal Injury Lawyers and have their contact in your phone if you get into a car accident, in order to get compensated for your injuries and damages. You will need a team that can meet with you promptly and review your case as soon as possible. It’s also important that your lawyers have the necessary experience to work within the legal system with efficiency and expertise, and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. This way, you will be able to focus on getting better while your lawyers take care of the rest.
Speaking of insurance companies, every traveler should have a travel insurance policy with them, no matter how far you’re headed or how long you’re planning to stay. Travel insurance is non-negotiable, because if something does happen to you, say you get a stomach bug from drinking tap water in Egypt, you’ll need to use your insurance to cover the costs of visiting a doctor and the subsequent treatment. Be sure to find an insurance company that is flexible and willing to accommodate all of your needs as a traveler.
And last but not least, you need to keep your valuables safe at all times, so make sure to invest in an anti-theft backpack, carry a hidden money belt, be aware of your surroundings, and if you can, always pay a little extra to get access to the hotel’s safe. Another important precaution you should take is to learn your card’s cancellation number, in the case that you lose your wallet.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy being a female traveler, even in this modern “civilized” world. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have the time of your life no matter where you’re going, so be sure to keep these tips in mind and you’re bound to have yourself one memorable adventure.