People visit other countries for many reasons. Some people travel on business; others travel to see places of historical or cultural interest, such as the Taj Mahal in India, the temples of Thailand, or Jamaa El Fena of Marrakech; and still others just want to relax.
Wherever you go, and fo whatever reason, you need to give some consideration to your safety, A tourist can attract a lot of attention from local people. While the majority of people you will meet are sure to be friendly and welcoming, there are dangers too-theft and other crime being the most common. Just as in your home country, do not expect everyone to be friendly and helpful. It is important to plan for your trip in advance, and to take precautions while you are traveling.
As you prepare for the trip, make sure you have the correct documents. You don’t want to get to your destination only to find that you have the wrong visa, or worse, that your passport is about to expire. Also, make sure you travel with proper medical insurance, so that if you are sick or injured during your travels, you will be able to get treatment. If you want to drive while you are abroad, you will need to obtain an international driver’s license.
If you need to take medication with you, such as motion, sickness pills, keep it in its original container. If you need prescription drugs, bring a letter from your doctor. If you don’t, you may find yourself doing a lot of explaining to customs officials at your destination.
Buy a guidebook and read the local customs of the country you are going to. Also, try to learn a few basic words and phrases of the national language, don’t assume that the local people will speak English or any other foreign language.
When you arrive at your destination, use only official transport. Always go to bus and taxi stands; don’t accept rides from strangers who offer you a lift. If there is no meter in the taxi, agree on a price for the ride before you get in. If you prefer to stay in cheap hotels while traveling, make sure you can lock the door of your room from inside. If you have to travel with valuables, such as jewelry or expensive cameras, you should ask about a safe for storing them in.
Finally, remember to smile. It’s the friendliest and most sincere form or communication and is sure to be understood in any part of the world!