Travelling is one of the most pleasurable experiences we can have. It is wonderful to travel through suggestive landscapes, to carry out amusing activities, to meet new friends… in short, to enjoy a marvellous vacations! 😊
But our happiness can be tarnished if we do not take the minimum precautions necessary to avoid complicated and undesirable situations.
Simple actions that will save us more than one displeasure and will make us feel calmer while we take advantage of our longed-for days off.
We want to help you prepare your trip, so in today’s post, we’re going to give you 20 Tips to travel safely.
We have listed easy and important recommendations to keep in mind both before and during the trip.
To make it easier for you to carry them out, we have added a gift list in the post with these recommendations so that you will not forget them and you can cross them out one by one.
This list will be very useful in all your trips, since, in general, they are preconditions to take into account no matter the country chosen for your getaway.
Pack your suitcase, we’re going on a trip! 🛫
TIPS TO TRAVEL MORE SAFELY.
1. Always travel with a certified copy of your passport and ID.
In the event that your original documentation is missing, it will help you to identify yourself. If for any reason you need to be issued a new passport at the consulate of your country in the destination, it will be much easier if they have a copy of all your data.
In the case of a passport, you can notarise it, for example, at a notary’s office. For the NIC, it is necessary that the procedure is carried out by the National Police. The certificate you obtain will be valid as long as you have the original documentation in force.
2. Remember that many countries have entry rules regarding visas and passports.
In general, the passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months. Some governments require a minimum of years to issue a visa, others, especially those that have had a war conflict, do not let you enter the country if you have a seal of a nation with which it has no relationship or agreements with.
It is very important that you are informed about the entry requirements, as well as the mandatory visas, because without them you can be denied entry at the airport. You can do it in the official pages of the country or in those of your consulate.
3. Sign up in the Register of Travellers on the page of the consulate of your country at the destination.
In case they have to locate you or your family for some relevant event such as alerts for natural phenomena, coups d’état, revolts, terrorist acts … they can do it quickly and effectively.
In this registration form you will be asked for your full details, the duration of the trip, the details and telephone numbers of the people you designate as contacts in your country, etc…
4. Always take with you the telephone numbers of the consulate, emergencies and police.
Even from some hospitals, in case you eventually need them. Keep them as handy as possible. In critical moments, an agile response is paramount.
All this information can be found on the official website of the country or at your consulate.
5. Other phone numbers to take with you are those of the airlines you travel with, the companies contracted for your transportation, the hotels where you will stay and the agency where you have arranged your vacations and excursions.
It is absolutely necessary that:
-Confirm the timetables of your flights a few days before your departure, both for the outward journey and the return journey, to see if they have made any changes.
-Always notify hotels and agencies if you are going to have a delay in your flight. It is possible that the hotel will no longer have an open reception during your new arrival time and you will need to be informed in order to take the appropriate measures.
– In the same way, if you have contracted transportation or excursions, you should contact the agencies so that they can relocate you as soon as possible in a new vehicle or bus and proceed with your trip.
6. Give your family or friends a copy of your travel itinerary and the telephone numbers mentioned above.
In case they need to reach you because of an emergency or if you lose contact with them, they will be able to find you more easily because they know where you will be every day of your holidays.
7. Check the communiqués on the consulate’s website.
In addition to providing updated information, they will alert you if there are any considerations to take into account before visiting the country. It is very important to read the section related to security. In it they specify the sites and zones that it is inadvisable to visit.
8. If you are travelling in Europe, apply for the European Health Insurance Card.
This card entitles its holder to receive the health benefits that are necessary from a medical point of view, during a temporary stay in any of the countries in the European Union, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland, taking into account the nature of the benefits and the expected duration of the stay.
It can be requested by mail and will reach your home comfortably by ordinary mail in less than a month.
9. Subscribe to medical and travel insurance, essential for destinations outside Europe.
Always check the clauses to see what they cover and the effective dates. You must be protected every day of your stay and that the amount for medical issues is sufficient to cover expenses in the country if necessary.
Some countries have much more expensive health care than others. It is worth paying a little more and being covered for potential hospitalisations and operations. If something were to happen, you would be saving a lot of money.
If you are going to do outdoor activities such as kayaking, paragliding, climbing… include the clause in your insurance that covers an accident while you are doing this type of activity, since basic insurance generally does not cover it.
10. Remember to get vaccinated before travelling to places where you may be exposed to certain diseases, such as tropical diseases.
If you call the International Vaccination Centre in your city, they will inform you of the recommended vaccinations for each destination, as well as prophylaxis, medication and protocol to follow in case you get sick.
You must be vaccinated at least 3 months before your trip in order to be protected.
Similarly, the vaccines normally recommended are those for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Tetanus-Diphtheria.
Don’t forget to always carry your updated international vaccination calendar with you (many vaccines need reinforcements, it is important that you get all the doses of the same vaccines).
11. Write down the food and medicine you are allergic to on a piece of paper and keep it in your wallet, both in Spanish and in the language of the country you are visiting.
That information on your mobile is not practical at all because we usually have access blocked with a password and in case of emergency those who are helping you will not be able to access it.
This is why you should take this printed information along with the medical specifications you consider appropriate, for example: if you are diabetic, if you have blood clotting problems, etc..
12-Prepare a medicine cabinet with the medication you are currently using.
Many countries do not have the same active principles as if they were dispensed in our healthcare system and it will be very difficult for you to find them.
You must complete your first-aid kit with some of the general emergency medicines such as physiological serum, pills to stop vomiting, to control the traveller’s feared diarrhoea, for headaches, for dizziness, mosquito repellent, etc.
Shortly we will publish a new post indicating which medicines you should always carry in your suitcase when you are going on holiday. Don’t miss it! 👌
13-Find out where you can consume drinking water and where it is not advisable.
There are countries like Iceland and cities like Rome where water can be drunk perfectly directly from the tap or from a fountain. In other enclaves it is better not to drink water that is not bottled as it can be contaminated.
Always check that the bottles of water you buy are really closed and have not been refilled once empty.
14. In certain countries, such as India, it is best to avoid raw food that has been washed under running water, fresh river fish and peeled fruit.
It is always better to eat things that have been cooked to be more certain, if there has been bacterial contamination, that they will die in the cooking process from heat.
By this we do not mean that you should not try local food from certain countries which is really exquisite, but that you should act with common sense when choosing the street stalls or restaurants you wish to visit.
15. If you are thinking of renting a vehicle, find out where you need to take your International Driving Permit.
It is essential to be aware of how to drive in some countries. For example, there are enclaves where you drive on the opposite lane to what we are used to, in addition to having specific signs that do not exist in our country and that we need to know.
Avoid driving at night. Many roads are not illuminated and are more difficult to drive in the dark. Always check the distances between one point and another so that you can better organise your journey and get to your next destination on time and without haste.
We would recommend that when you book a vehicle, you take out an insurance policy at the same time that has as many coverages as possible, in order to avoid major problems.
It is very important to know that countries such as Iceland offer you, outside the full coverage insurance, an extra clause for gravel and sand that is absolutely necessary if you are driving on the island. Make sure you arrange everything you need to make your driving easier.
16. Avoid taking unofficial taxis.
Whenever you take this transportation, check that it is an authorised taxi and that they set the metre running. If it is a country where bargaining with the driver is the norm, agree on a price from the beginning according to the journey so that you don’t get an unpleasant surprise when it comes to paying.
17. Try to hide the cash in small purses under your clothes.
These bags or waist bags are usually made of fabric and are adjustable to the waist or neck. Don’t worry, they are quite comfortable. Everyone knows that carrying all the money in your purse is not a good option. This is the best way to carry some money without attracting attention.
18. Almost all businesses and countries accept payment by credit or debit card.
In this case, it is best to request a card to use only for your travels, without commissions for the payment, so that when you are back home, you can deactivate it so that no unexpected charge can be made without your consent.
19. We currently have a multitude of applications that can help us travel more safely.
We have those that inform us about the weather (very important in tropical areas or with heavy snowfalls), language translators, GPS, currency conversion …. Download them and use them whenever you need them, for sure they will be very useful to you.
20. Last but not least, we would recommend carrying an extra charged battery for your mobile.
Depending on where you are travelling to, you may spend some time without access to electricity to charge your electronic and mobile devices.
With the use of the built-in cameras in our phones, the battery usually runs out before and it is essential to always be able to have our mobile operational in case we need it.
We will end the post hoping to have helped you prepare your next trip in a safer way.
If you follow these 20 tips, you will be contributing to make your stay perfect and unforgettable.
Take your list of travel tips and start crossing them out! Every step you take will get you closer to a fantastic holiday! 👏👏
And remember, whatever destination you choose, contact us and we will inform you, in addition to the best prices on flights, hotels and excursions about the most important recommendations to take into account for the destination you choose, so you can make the most of your free days.
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Si tuviera que definirme diría que soy una viajera incansable amante de la escritura.
Trotamundos desde los 18 años, estos últimos 10 años he combinado mi pasión por conocer el mundo con mi profesión de agente de viajes.
En este blog, trasmitiré mis conocimientos mediante completos posts con la intención de ayudarte a preparar tus vacaciones soñadas.
Plasmaré mis vivencias mediante útiles consejos y podrás consultarme todas las dudas que te surjan.
Recuerda: Más importante que el viaje en sí, es lo que queda en el espíritu del viajero. (Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo)
Editor. Travel specialist. Content Marketing
If I had to define myself, I would say that I am a tireless lover of writing.
Trotamundos since I was 18 years old, these last 10 years I have combined my passion to know the world with my profession as a travel agent.
In this blog, I will transmit my knowledge through complete posts with the intention of helping you prepare your dream vacation.
I will describe my experiences through useful tips and you can consult any doubts that may arise.
Remember: More important than the trip itself, is what remains in the spirit of the traveler. (Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo)