Traveling the world is a dream that many people carry within their hearts. But nothing can ruin that dream faster than having a disaster occur while on vacation. Naturally, there’s no way to prevent everything out there – but specific steps can be taken to avoid theft and other risks.

Be sure to read the following advice, as well as the advice from other travel experts, before stepping across the borders on your vacation. Doing so will ensure that you have a fun and safe time.

Do Your Research

Every location comes with new information (and risks) to learn about. When planning a vacation to a new country, it is essential to do your research. Read traveler reviews and guides, check out some posts created by locals, and local crime reports for the areas you’re most interested in visiting.

This research should turn up the scams most prevalent in the area, which can help you plan how to protect yourself best. Finally, don’t forget to check the State Department’s website, and while you’re at it, sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). 

Traveler’s Insurance

Believe it or not, traveler’s insurance is a thing – and it can be highly beneficial should something happen. This is an extra step worth taking for those that are particularly concerned about their safety. 

Dress Smartly

When it comes to traveling safely, dressing smartly has a whole new meaning. In this case, it means dressing in a way that lets you stash money in more than one location. Doing so protects against pickpockets and the like. 

Additionally, ensure that your wallet/purse is in front of your body – where you can see it. The same goes for your phone and any other valuables. On that note – try to avoid wearing expensive-looking jewelry or accessories unless you know it is safe to do so.

Follow Normal Safety Procedures

When traveling abroad, many safety precautions can be taken that will feel familiar. That’s because these measures are commonly recommended – even when one is at home. 

Remember not to leave your drink unattended, avoid getting overly drunk (especially in public), and never get in a cab that isn’t registered with the city. Try to keep your friends and family updated with your adventures, and avoid dark or isolated areas.