Posted by: gracehyne | January 4, 2012

Fearless travelling

Admist the Arab springs, the bombs, the attacks, the earthquakes, and the floods, travelling has taken on a dangerous and threatening edge in recent times.

However, as with all things, if you take precautions and are aware of your surroundings, danger abroad will be no more threatening than what’s outside your front door.

Traveldudes, a travelling Twitter site with many faithful followers, have provided these simple tips to be a fearless traveller:

1. Leave Your Home in Good Hands:

First, stop your your mail, don’t order shipments right before, leave a light on, care for your plants and pets, tell someone in your family about your itinerary and leave the key only with someone you fully trust.

2. Trust Air Travel:

Air travel is the safest mode of transportation. Make sure to stay hydrated on the plane, have your favorite distraction (music, movie, book), understand requirements of airport security and do not question the rules; it will only bring you anxiety, just follow them. It’s all for your safety.

3. Pack Light and Do not Check In Luggage:

My best tip to you is to never check in luggage – yep, never, and I am a woman too! – and you do that by taking only the necessities with you. It is liberating beyond words to have all your belongings near you and not to have to drag it or deal with luggage fees or lost luggage.

Do not worry about losing luggage- avoid check ins (Photo by C.M. Keiner)

4. Know the Safety Condition of Destination:

Information is power and you need to get it from the right source. Go to top travel sites and security advisory boards online and understand the current conditions of your target country. Know the top safety rules about the environment and always trust your gut when you are going about your business at home or abroad.

5. Respect Cultures & Learn (a bit of) the Language:

It makes for best memories when you respect the cultures and learn about the language enough to get by. It will make your experience much better and also leave you the best memories. You will be most welcomed even if you learn 5-10 words in the target country’s language and use them.

Learn everything about the country you are about to enter (Picture from discoluxxx)

If you want tips from those who travel in their careers, especially reporters, check out Ashley Parker‘s article, ‘Get them to the debate on time: reporters’ tips‘.

Safe travels!

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