5 Tips to Stay Safe While Traveling

by Jackson Bonetti, on Mar 17, 2018 2:02:00 PM



Traveling is something that many of us either love to do, or would like to do. It can be an extremely rewarding experience or even just a great way to relax and get away from daily stress. In either case, it is important to take the proper safety precautions and remain vigilant about any travel warnings in place. 


1. Check the government of Canada's website for any current travel warnings and advice

  • This website stays up to date on the warnings and advisories of every country in the world. This website is always a good starting place when deciding on where to travel. The website states the following "No matter where you plan to travel, make sure you check the Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination twice: once when you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave. Safety and security conditions may change between the date you book your travel and your departure date."
  • Canada's Travel Advisory Page

2. Don't Go Overboard

  • Partying abroad may be the whole reason you are taking your trip in the first place; however, It is imperative that if you are going to do so, you must keep your wits about you. In many countries, scammers and thieves will purposely target inebriated tourists. It is also important to follow the usual rules when abroad: never accept a drink from a stranger, never leave your drink unattended and make sure you have a safe ride home! In addition to this, many countries have different drug and alcohol laws than Canada so it is best to avoid anything you are not 100% certain of. 

4. Don't Be a Target

  • Thieves, much like vultures, are opportunists. They look for the easiest targets, the people who look lost, clueless or generally aren't paying attention. So, when traveling to an area with high levels of theft, make sure you remain aware of your surroundings. 
    In addition, many different methods of concealing your valuables can be found from neck pouches to belts that have pockets for money. Essentially, just remember to anticipate theft rather than react to it. 

5. Be Prepared

  • This is the most important item on the list. It is always important to make sure you get the most information about where you are visiting. Make sure you know where the nearest embassies are, the nearest hospitals, and any other infrastructure. It is also important to do research on how to fit in and be respectful of different cultures, after all you are a guest!


In conclusion, the more research the better when visiting a foreign country. There are many resources that can be used to make this process easier. In addition, remaining aware of potential dangers and focused on safety doesn't mean that you can't have a good time! It is important to enjoy yourself as well, and nothing makes it easier to relax and unwind than being confident that you are prepared and safe on your vacation.


Stay safe Irwinners!



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