It has never been as easy to travel as it is in 2019. The world is your oyster; you should use your free time to enrich your life with novel experiences. However, you shouldn’t jump headlong into anything without doing some reasonable preparation and ensuring your safety. In fact, we live in a fast, oversaturated and overpopulated world; we should all be mindful about things that may go wrong or impede our holiday joie de vivre. If you are embarking on a trip of a lifetime and visiting amazing new destinations, here are some tips for safe traveling in 2019.
1. Research destinations
One of the best aspects of living in the information age is that research is so easy to do. Exhaustive information about each destination you may visit is just a few clicks or taps away. You should exploit this to the fullest in order to ensure your safety. In fact, there are a variety of free websites and apps offering a wealth of information on safe traveling.
2. Travel via airplane
Statically speaking, flying is the safest mode of traveling. Interestingly enough, many people are still afraid of airplanes in 2019. This is surprising, as flying is the quickest and most efficient way to reach faraway corners of the world. In fact, it can end up costing you less to fly to a location than to drive there. Of course, if you’re a big fan of road trips, that’s a whole other story.
3. Always do preliminary car
If you’re going on a road trip, get your car checked out by your local car specialist; preferably one that has previous maintenance history with your car. It’s easy to do a quick overview of your car’s state by analyzing data from its computers. Each detail can be addressed, especially if you are going to drive long distances.
4. Language up
Just as it has never been so easy to travel, it has never been so effortless to pick up some catchy phrases from foreign languages. This tip also relies on the unlimited power of the internet. You can easily learn what the official (or most-used) language of the region you are about to visit is and search for the most common phrases that can make your life easier. Saying hi and asking for directions in a foreign dialect can be learned in the blink of an eye. Accompanying pronunciation audio material and other multimedia aids are especially helpful.
5. Get the vaccines
Your car may not be the only thing that requires maintenance before a road trip. Destinations in different climate zones may have biomes that are unfamiliar to your immune system. Some travel destinations around the world require certain vaccines before you get off the plane. You’d be well advised to have every necessary vaccine no matter how much you tend to wince at the idea.
6. Copy your documents
It was once common practice among experienced travelers to pack hard copies of their documents in their suitcase. In 2019, we have a much better and safer practice that ensures you always have the necessary copies wherever you are. You just need to make electronic versions of the documents. This includes your ID, passport and visa. Upload them to the cloud where they will stay locked until there is an emergency. Don’t stay logged in on your phone, as it can also easily be stolen. Remember, you can get access to a computer in an embassy and download your documents quite easily.
7. Stay off public wifi
It’s commonly recommended to stay off public wifi, but the validity of this advice depends upon the destination; conditions are prone to change. At any rate, the problem with public wifi is that hackers can gain access to your electronics and steal valuable information. This is why you should always opt to set up a VPN when you are traveling.
Theoretically speaking, the world has never been as safe as it is today. You may not agree, especially with the constant barrage of sensational bad news. But the world itself cannot exist without some dangers. We have so many ways to travel in 2019, and safe traveling is a hot topic. Following some reasonable, practical advice can make your life infinitely easier and add to your enjoyment of new places.