Bringing Back the Travel Basics

What is the safest method of travel? Without a doubt,the field trip. After all, society takes particularly well thought out precautions in regards to the safety of our youth. Though most adults have outgrown traveling in large groups by school bus to destinations chosen by authority figures, perhaps some traditions can be borrowed from the school-year glory days to ensure safety, even when traveling abroad.

Traveling to a foreign nation particularly one with significant cultural or language barriers, is inherently dangerous in that there is no way to stay as alert or aware as you would if you were fully cognizant of the signage and customs surrounding you.

As a result, consider the following safety advice in order to practice “field trip” safety throughout the full field of travel.Follow the Plan Teachers may not schedule your trips and set the itinerary, but this does not mean your travels should be completely on a whim. Research your trip prior to booking and make sure the local climate (both politically and seasonally) is one suitable for travel, potentially in less heavily trafficked countries. Many things taken for granted in the western world, such as government stability, are not as firmly reliable in much of the world. Yes, there is a place for spontaneity, but that place is within the relatively familiar borders of your native country.Buddy System It’s true there is strength in numbers. Traveling in groups of 2 or more greatly reduced the risk you’ll be bothered or taken advantage of by those out for harm, instead opting for more easily outnumbered targets. Pair up before beginning your travels or taking any planned excursions so as no one is left behind or alone in an uncomfortable situation. It is strongly recommended that women, in particular, avoid traveling solo in areas with which they are not familiar, as they more often fall victim to street crimes.