Plan Ahead Or Plan To Fail, Secrets To Safe Traveling

Traveling any time can be an adventure, to say the least.

There can be all sorts of issues that arise. For example, there are inevitable itinerary problems, connecting flight issues, exchange rates (for foreign travel), and all kinds of vaccination and isolation requirements that vary by region during the pandemic.

That said, traveling is one of the best ways to discover more about yourself and the larger world we live in.

So with all the uncertainty, how can we travel effectively and safely, whether locally or internationally?

For one, the United States’ domestic travel requirements differ from the rest of the world.

Traveling from state to state is relatively straightforward. However, some states have mask mandates in place, and flights, hotels, restaurants, and other indoor venues may require proof of vaccination or harmful tests, depending on the area’s requirements.

But that’s about all you may encounter when it comes to stateside travel.

There are a few general tips to keep you safe when you travel, whether in the States or Internationally. However, a little planning and preparation will go a long way toward guaranteeing the safest trip you can take while also allowing you some flexibility to explore, discover, and enjoy your time.

Traveling in small groups and larger parties do have some differences in preparation, but these safety and preparation tips generally apply to both just the same.

Itinerary

Creating an itinerary for your trip, from the time you depart, to where you’ll be staying, any significant trips you may take, and the expected time of your return is something you need to do and share with family and friends.

When you travel in a group, you most likely need a tighter itinerary so people know where to look for you when you travel.

Also, getting a vehicle large enough to support your group can be tricky, so it’s recommended that you secure your car well before you land instead of waiting to rent when you arrive.

If you are limited to only renting vehicles at the airport, take a look at the options ahead of time so you can budget and have backup plans in case they don’t have what you need.

When it comes time to book your lodging, whether for a hotel, motel, bed-and-breakfast, or Airbnb, do enough background on the area that you can have an immediate contingency plan. This is important because the room(s) may not be what you need. Or, the area isn’t as safe as it may have appeared in promotional material or any other issue that may come up.

Travel Budget

A good itinerary helps you plan your budget as well. With an idea of what you plan to do, how many days you may be traveling, and considering exchange rates and emergency funds are best practices in creating a travel budget.

Travel Insurance

There are all types of travel insurance to choose from, and selecting the right plan to support the unknowns that may come up is entirely up to you. In addition, there are cancelation insurance options, health insurance options, rental and equipment insurance options, and more.

Some examples of insurance to consider before your trip;

  • Health and Medical Insurance
  • Auto Insurance
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Baggage Insurance
  • Trip Cancelation and Interruption Insurance

In some instances, you may even consider an umbrella insurance policy that covers any general damage, destruction, or injury that may result from your activities while traveling.

Know Local Regulations

Regardless of where you plan to travel, whether it’s nearby or to another continent, knowing the local laws, regulations, and customs is essential to have a good time and stay on the right side of the law. Understanding these regulations is crucial and may include;

  • Driving laws
  • Visa and Passport requirements
  • Vaccination and Negative Test requirements
  • Curfews and other regulations
  • Dress and other customs

It’s also highly recommended that you contact the local embassy and announce your presence in the event that something occurs and you need assistance.

Pack Lightly

Packing for a trip is always the biggest hassle and mistake people make. You’re limited to several bags for both checked luggage and carry-on bags when you fly. Pack too much, and you’ll be paying exorbitant fees. 

When people drive, the mistake they make is thinking there’s more room for bags. The problem is that you end up packing too much and making the space inconvenient and cramped.

Instead, it’s an excellent trick to pack for what you need and not what you expect to do. In other words, pack for your immediate needs and find ways to mix-and-match clothing so that you can have a minimal amount of clothes and shoes.

For day activities, pack a small backpack that can double as a day bag or carry-on for your trip.

A good tip is to pack your bags, unload them, eliminate at least 10% of your things, and repack. It’ll save you space, possibly money, and give you some room for mementos and souvenirs to bring home.

Traveling is an adventure. What type of adventure and how you can take a trip safely is dependent on planning, and even then, things could go sideways in a hurry.

Take the necessary steps of creating an itinerary, announce your trip schedule to all friends and family and any governing agency, know the local laws and customs, and enjoy yourself.

 

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