Staying Safe While Traveling Abroad

August 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Today’s post is brought to you by a guest blogger, KC Owens. His experiences traveling and discovery of this blog inspired him to write a wonderful post on safety, which you can enjoy below.

Staying Safe While Traveling Abroad

Traveling abroad is an incredible adventure full of new experiences for college students. Perhaps nothing is more exciting than leaving home with a group of friends or by oneself. However, an adventurous journey can quickly turn into a dangerous one if precautions are not taken before your trip. Every traveler needs to consider his or her own safety during a given trip no matter which countries they plan to visit. Too many travelers are unprepared for dangerous situations and when they encounter them, their situations become much worse. Know what you’re getting yourself into, plan ahead and be prepared.

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Protect Your Money

Students use credit cards for many reasons these days. I use mine for books, bills and to help fund my education. When I’m traveling, I use a great prepaid credit card because it helps to secure my finances while I’m on the go. Prepaid cards can protect tourists in foreign countries because they don’t have much money on them. By loading small amounts of money onto a prepaid card, a person doesn’t need to worry about losing everything if they lose their card. Money can be transferred from their bank account to the credit card when more money is needed.

A prepaid card is also a great safety tool because it can be used without your personal information on it so if someone steals it, they will have a difficult time purchasing anything with it. A friend of mine was once mugged and the person took their cash and left their card and wallet. The lesson learned for us was to carry less cash and use a card.

Be Careful with Water

Most travelers don’t realize that countries don’t always regulate drinking water. In the United States, water from the faucet is treated for bacteria. The same can’t be said for water in other countries. A single glass of water in the wrong country can put foreign visitors in the hospital. While traveling abroad, a person should stick to bottled water from a safe source. Likewise, it’s important to eat healthy in order to avoid becoming ill. Some countries lack adequate healthcare systems so getting sick while abroad is a situation you need to avoid at all costs. If you do become ill, make sure you take proper care of yourself.

Know the Laws and Social Norms

Every country features its own laws and social norms. Failure to follow them can result in steep legal consequences. Unfortunately, being a visitor in a foreign country doesn’t count as an excuse. Travelers should always extensively research the biggest laws in the country they’re about to visit. Doing so can save a person from spending time in jail during their adventures abroad. These days, too many tourists assume the laws are similar to their own country’s and wind up in hot water elsewhere. For example,

Staying safe while traveling abroad isn’t always easy. Plenty of hairy situations can arise that really sour the tone of a journey. To avoid these problems, travelers need to prepare themselves for these situations and others. A traveler needs to protect themselves, their finances, and their fellow companions. The fact of the matter is that travelers desire a perfect trip. In most cases, perfection is attainable while traveling abroad, but safety must be considered beforehand to avoid issues.


KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.


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