Travel Smart, Travel Safe

En­joy­able travel al­ways re­quires prepa­ra­tion

Maxx-M - - TRAVELLING - Text by Me­lani Se­muel

To en­joy your trav­els re­quires prepa­ra­tion. That doesn’t mean you have to pore over ev­ery guide­book or spend hours on the in­ter­net scrolling through web­site after web­site in search of tips and clues. It’s about cov­er­ing the ba­sics be­fore de­par­ture.

Know your des­ti­na­tion

Get the ba­sic facts about your des­ti­na­tion such as lo­cal cul­ture, ac­cess, fa­cil­i­ties, and cli­mate and weather con­di­tions. Check out if the area is at risk of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters or if there are cer­tain places you shouldn’t go be­cause of the risk of crime. Know­ing th­ese facts is common sense. It will help you plan what sites to visit, what to do and what to pack, and helps you de­cide where to stay, how to get there and how long to stay. In other words, ba­sic prepa­ra­tion will al­low you to have the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble and avoid po­ten­tial prob­lems or even dan­ger when trav­el­ling.

On the move

• Al­ways be aware and alert when trav­el­ling, whether you are in a ve­hi­cle, build­ing or in an open area. It is also im­por­tant to know ex­actly where you are go­ing. Al­ways act as though you know where you are and where you are head­ing be­cause it will ra­di­ate con­fi­dence. Do some re­search about you des­ti­na­tion, in­clud­ing how to get around and ma­jor land­marks. • Be aware of your sur­round­ings. So, avoid us­ing a mo­bile phone as much as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially for text mes­sag­ing or brows­ing the in­ter­net. Re­frain from us­ing ear­phones or do­ing any­thing that will dis­tract you, es­pe­cially in pub­lic ar­eas. You need to use all five of your senses and re­main en­gaged with your sur­round­ings. • Al­ways watch your lug­gage and bags and make sure your pass­port, ticket, money and other doc­u­ments are safe and se­cure. Use a hard-shell suit­case rather than a travel bag made from soft ma­te­rial that can be cut, and avoid any bags with zip­pers. A hard-shell suit­case with a lock is harder to break into. • When trav­el­ling to cer­tain des­ti­na­tions it is best not to show off branded or ex­pen­sive be­long­ings (cam­eras, bags, etc.). You want to avoid at­tract­ing un­due at­ten­tion to your­self and your be­long­ings. Al­ways re­spect lo­cal law, tra­di­tion, cul­ture or belief. Be po­lite with peo­ple but be firm and as­sertive when nec­es­sary. Re­mem­ber, wher­ever you go — even when you pay a pre­mium rate — you are a guest. Treat peo­ple with re­spect.

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