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HOW TO BECOME A "SMART" TRAVELLER


Travelling around the world is an excellent, enthralling, enchanting and elucidating experience. However, of all the ‘e’ words you can use to describe it, ‘easy’ is not one of them. Travelling to countries far and wide is a very demanding experience, both physically and mentally.

Remember, flying in an airplane around the world is quite an artificial new development compared to what our bodies are used to. Once you do get used to it, the overwhelming novelty of a new culture, while absolutely fascinating, can sometimes leave you a little vulnerable.

Those with little travelling experience can feel this the most profoundly. Becoming a smart traveller does require an intellectual investment, but do you have to be the most experienced to make use of it? This post is to offer any traveller fresh to the global scene more authority over their experience…


BUDGETING



Moving across countries can be expensive to say the least. You have to know exactly what every penny is being spent on, or you’re likely to have a bad experience. Not only that, but watching out for scams or rip-offs is something you must always be vigilant of. Check online for scam alerts and insights to become aware of any police statements in the area you’re visiting. Tourists are often too tempting a population for scammers and thieves to ignore, and they’ll happily use your ignorance against you.

Protecting your finances is important. Use hidden money pouches, travellers funds, and never carry too much money on your person at one time. Use a safe well hidden in your hotel to store your cash reserves. Use the best travel rewards credit cards to give you emergency funding when you might need it the most.


SAFETY



To further explore the previous point about targeted tourists, it’s important to know where to turn if this does happen to you. You can be targeted no matter if this is your first vacation, or if you’ve travelled every hidden corner of the globe. You are only as safe as you are in the present moment, and in your present environment. A good rule of thumb is to understand where your local embassy is. If you’re able to find this you know where to arrive if you lose your passport, wallet and accommodation access. Ideally, you need to travel with someone, particularly in the early days/years of your travel. This allows you to rely on someone, and generally look less available to be victimized.

You needn’t be worried all the time, but you must understand that despite your positive experiences in a new country, there are bad people everywhere, just like back in your home country. Never take people at face value. If you were to compare this to a traffic light, you should always be at a social and societal amber level of awareness when in public. Always critically think about information you’re being told, seek to socialize with other (maybe more experienced) tourists, and try to get a feel for the culture and social landscape. This will help you dictate your behaviour.

Hope this post has helped!

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