Disclaimer: This is a general travel safety tips and it does not necessarily pertain to a travel to Baguio City.
Traveling is both an exciting and worrisome activity. Whether you are traveling alone or with your friends or family, there will always be that risk which comes with visiting an unfamiliar place.
Luckily, there are several ways for you to lessen if not totally avoid such travel risks and make sure that there are no “hiccups” during your stay. It all begins with learning more about the place which you are going to visit.
Research The place
In the age of the internet, conducting research on a particular place is really not that difficult anymore. Fellow travelers might have taken photos of your destination and uploaded it via social media. Bloggers might also have visited this place and blogged about it. The best part however is that people might have given their reviews of this particular place through the different online review websites.
When you research, make sure to read up not only on the IG-worthy places in your chosen destination, also be on the lookout for bad experiences shared by travelers who visited the place. This will give you an idea on which places you should avoid.
Beware of Tourist Traps
Tourist traps unfortunately are, well, traps. Most of the time you wouldn’t know that the place you are going to is a trap. Tourist traps usually are places that doesn’t look the same in reality as compared when it was advertised.
So how will you know if these places are tourist traps? Do your research, it is really important to make sure that you have done your research before you even book a plane ticket or a hotel room. Learn from the experiences of others.
Secure Your Valuables
Now if you have reached your destination, do not get too excited that you will forget your valuables. Of course you wouldn’t bring your expensive jewelries on vacation. However, valuables here, constitutes your important documents like your travel documents.
Your gadgets, laptops and cameras are also valuables which you should secure. These gadgets are the top things that are being stolen from tourists, apart from money.
Learn the local language
Of course you are not expected to master the local language of the place where you are going to. Learning the very basic, like how to say hello and other communication skills like how to haggle for prices and ask for directions are more than enough.
This way, you will be able to blend into the community as much as possible. Learning the language even the most basic one can ensure that you are able to cross the language barrier, and make your interaction with the locals a lot more fun than a burden.
Learn the Culture
Learning the culture of the place you are going on a vacation to is something that you have to do. Again, you do not need to dive into “culture 101”, you just need to know the basics of it. Learning the culture will give you an idea on how to specifically act towards the locals. Last thing you want to do is for a local to call the police just because of a simple misunderstanding.
Use Your Apps
It is a good thing that you now live in a society where gadgets and apps are helping solve some of your travel problems. Apps like Google maps will allow you to download your customized map to make sure that you are going in the right direction.
Riding services app like Grab or Uber will save you from the hassles of getting a ride to your destination. Other apps even those as basic as a flashlight app can be very useful in times of need. So make sure that before you leave for your travel, you already have downloaded or updated your apps.
Traveling is supposed to be fun, and it will be fun once you reach your destination and have taken our advice. Otherwise, you will just fall prey into that destinations’ tourist trap.
Here are more useful links, that will be of help:
46 Incredibly Useful Safety Tips For Women Traveling Alone from BuzzFeed
Travel Safety Tips from ustia.org
Prevent Identity Theft While Travelling – 100 Tips from Elite Personal Finance
Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel from cdc.gov