How To Make Sure You Travel In Safety
To preface this blog post let me say, I have traveled all over the world for the last 30 years. Today it is a different world for the traveler. I am also a travel agent by profession and send people all over the world, so I hear back the good, the bad and the ugly. I hope this post helps you.
For many years you could grab a bag and wander the world. When you are young you just want pins in your map. As you get older, you want to know about the countries you are visiting and how to do it in safety. So, whatever camp you are in, here is the latest:
Ideas for safe travels…
- Safety. This is a big one today. No matter the country, immigrants have changed the world and not for the better. Cities that you used to be able to wander in, are dangerous now. As a tourist you don’t know those areas and they are changing as thousands more crowd into cities all over the world. Even my hometown has areas that are unsafe. Don’t think you can wander safely.
- Language. There are many countries where English is spoken or signage has directions in English. But more don’t speak English than do. I used to be able to find 2 police officers and ask if they spoke English. One would say “no” and the other would indicate a little. But I could depend on them to get me where I wanted to go. Before you pick a destination, check to see if you will find the English language.
- Transportation. Hitchhiking used to be a great way to see the world. Someone would pick you up and drop you safely. No more. Rental cars are in most cities. But you better know the roads or you could add a ticket to your expenses. Some places have great trains that whisk you away. Some have busses that have interesting sights to see as well as people!!! To get most places requires flying at some point. Don’t assume you can just show up at an airport and get a ticket. Air travel today can be a nightmare. Delays, cancellations, and strikes are all happening all over the world. Have a plan and get your tickets before leaving home. And don’t book online. You don’t understand routing and could wind up somewhere you don’t want to be. Ask a professional for help.
- Accommodations. Probably the most difficult part of travel is finding a clean room. Your budget will dictate what you are looking for. I would pay a bit more and get a place I know is inspected for cleanliness and bugs!!! Location of the property is something you can’t determine yourself, you don’t know the areas. You could wind up in a dangerous place. Ask a professional for help. I can tell you a lot of frightening stories from people who booked themselves.
- Sightseeing. You are spending a lot of money and time to go somewhere. Do you know what you are looking at? Do you know the history? Do you understand the culture? Are you properly dressed? I have found the most fascinating places and stories by having a local person take me and guide me and educate me. This has been the highlight of my travel. There isn’t any possible way for me to do the research to know all of this. My time is valuable and I can’t spend it lost somewhere. Get a guide for a few hours or days to help you find your way around and take you to hidden places you would never have known about. Use this link and book your own tours but know you will have the best guides. https://www.viator.com/?pid=P00006161&uid=U00006607&mcid=58086
- Scheduling. The hardest part in wandering alone is knowing how long something takes, such as transportation or viewing sights. You also need to know the hours places you want to visit are open and closed. Are there any festivals in the places you are going? Maybe you won’t be able to find a place to eat if the cities are closed. This is where a Certified Travel Agent can help you. Yes, you will pay a fee, but you will have tickets, be able to cut a line, have an English speaking guide, and know which road to avoid, etc.
Travel is the best thing in the world to do, but be prepared ahead of time and you will avoid a lot of headaches. Some of my best memories are of my bad experiences…Those things I didn’t repeat.