The world is filled with fascinating beauty, and traveling abroad gives me an opportunity to enjoy what the Mother Nature, and man has to offer. When I first got a chance to travel abroad, joy clouded my mind, and I could not wait to board that plane. I had two months to process my visa and get myself ready.
Unbelievable as it may sound, I never enjoyed the trip. In fact, it was my worst experience ever. Everything bad that happened to me was because I never prepared appropriately for the trip. I thought that countries abroad were havens. But that turned out not to be the case. Today, however, I have always enjoyed traveling abroad because I know better what to do before and during the journey, and how to stay safe when in a foreign land.
After learning the hard way, I now know all the safety precautions that I must always employ to ensure that my trip remains enjoyable. Here are some of the safety tips connected to my first traveling experience.
I don’t carry anything in my back pocket
While picking pockets is common where I come from, I never knew it is also common abroad. When I had already checked in a hotel room, I took my wallet and put it in my back pocket before leaving for sight seeing. I later realized that my wallet was already gone. Someone had taken advantage of my ignorance. Since then, I have learned not to keep anything on my back. Otherwise, I would become an easy target.
I don’t carry all my things together
Even though it is more convenient to keep my credit cards, cash, traveler’s check and my identification cards in my wallet, I never do it whenever I am abroad. Back to my first experience abroad, I had kept my hotel room keys, cash, credit card and many other documents in my wallet, which I carelessly put in my back pocket.
When my wallet was gone, I lost all these things. Nowadays, I leave whatever I will not need in my hotel room, and carry what I will need in different pockets. In this way, l don’t lose everything in the event that I have lost anything.
I do make and store electronic copies of my documents
When traveling abroad, I have to bring with me very important documents including the ones I had lost during my first travel. To be safe, I simply create electronic copies of my documents as a backup and send them to my email so that in the event that I lose any, I simply access them using my smartphone.
Some of the documents I store electronically before I travel include my immunization records, passport, travel insurance, itinerary, medical insurance, plane tickets and visa. If only I knew this traveling safety tip during my first travel, I could not have struggled the way I did after losing all these documents in my wallet.
I avoid talking to strangers
Of course, talking to natives in a foreign land is one of the things that make traveling abroad enjoyable. However, I like sticking to the people whom I have been assigned to guide me. Even if I have to talk to strangers, I have learned not to be too trusting. I tend to think that the strangers I trusted during my first travel abroad are the ones who stole my wallet.
Traveling is my passion, and that is why I consider myself a world citizen. No boundaries can contain my free spirit! Even though there is a limit to what I might be able to do with my life, I am still hopeful that I will be able to visit all the beautiful places in this world, or at least the ones I have on my list. So far, I have managed to visit a number of the most beautiful places on
my bucket list, and I am still counting.
Some of the awesome places I have seen
Here is the list containing some of the places I have traveled to. I found it very painful to leave each of them when my time was up.
Li River in China
I visited Li River in August when the sky was clear. I took a cruise from Guilin through Zhujiang to Yangshuo. I also explored the river by many other means but cruising was the best way. Among the stunning things, I saw include striking bamboo groves, spectacular karst hills, and beautiful villages. Looking down at the river itself, I saw its bottom and the rocky shoals.
Petra in Jordan
I have been to many beautiful places in Jordan but I have never been to Petra, which is an ancient rocky city that was originally carved from sandstone, can you believe that! Entering through the famous Siq (the darkest walkway you will ever find) is not only a dramatic but also an atmospheric introduction to what I would call the greatest ancient city.
Monument Valley in USA
I used to hear good stories about this amazing valley in the United States, but when I finally visited the place, I realized that it was more stunning than I expected. It is a glaring beauty located in Navajo county. I guess I will find time to visit again.
Moraine Lake in Canada
After seeing this alluring blue hue fed by the glacial waters, I still could not believe the beauty and everything I saw. The color of the waters was the most amazing of all the watercolors I have ever seen. What makes this lake even more stunning is that amazing waterfalls, rock piles and mountains surround it. Wonderful flora and fauna make it worth to bring your diving gear.
And here are a few places I am planning to visit
Even though I still have a long list of the places I am planning to visit, here are the ones on top of that list:
Giza Pyramids in Egypt
These pyramids are in the list of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. According to the information I have, millions of tourists visit these pyramids every year. I really want to go there and see what it has to offer. This face of one of the grandest Ancient Civilizations ever to grace the world is actually my next destination.
Venice in Italy
I am planning to visit Venice and go straight to the Venice harbor so that I can join other tourists and locals in swimming and lazing on one of the greatest beaches in the world. I am looking forward to touring all the ancient palaces and have the greatest time of my life ever.
Bagan in Myanmar
I am planning to travel to this amazing place before the end of this year. I cannot wait to explore the famous landscape of Bagan and ancient temples. I know it is a home to hundreds of stupas and thousands of pagodas.