You have flight tickets, hotel reservations, itinerary. But have you ever thought about or take steps to protect the health and safety? The worst thing that can happen is that you spend your holidays in the hospital-or bring the virus home, you have weird exotic bedridden for weeks.
You also want to avoid theft, mugging, or worst, terrorist attacks. Resort may call itself an "island paradise" but let's not be naive and assume everyone is friendly as they look in the brochure.
Be smart. Prepare, make a decision, especially if you are traveling with your family. This holiday is supposed to be fun-and you can do your part to prevent the most catastrophic.
1. Check the Travel Advisories
Your embassy will list places that they recommend "caution" or right-out tell you to stay away from at all. This could be due to the tense political situation, or a low level of security in disadvantaged areas.
But also take advisories with some degree of salt. You can safely assume that the capitals and major cities of the country will be more tourist friendly, because the government would probably never take great efforts to develop it. Unless, of course, are countries going through civil war-in this case, reading the international newspapers (or web-version of their English language local newspaper) to see how bad it really was.
2. Get Vaccinated
Some viruses are relatively rare in your country may proliferate in other climate-and you do not have natural antibodies to fight them. Get a wide range of vaccines (your embassy website will also recommend which ones you really need, depending on here you want to go).
3. Bring Drug and Prescription
Ask your doctor for two copies of your prescriptions (carry one in your wallet, and leave one in your luggage). Also bring enough anti histamines (for allergies) or maintenance vitamins or medications. Asthmatics should carry have a nebulizer-especially since attacks can be triggered by climate change or physical exertion (you never know how much walking you will be doing during the tour).
4. Do not flaunt your valuables
Wearing a Rolex or flashing large amounts of cash practically scream "Rob me!" To pickpocket. Keep small bills and change the bag to your belt for easy access (this is for the entrance fee, cab fare, snacks). Keeping a larger bill in the pocket zippers. To be very safe, split the money and distribute it among the least in the pockets of a few, even if you get robbed, you still have something left.
Another tip: take only what you need for the day and leave the rest in the hotel safety deposit box.
5. Group trips
It is a foreign land, and you might not even speak the local language. So keep it together (at least divide into pairs), especially at night.
6. Ask the Hotel Receptionist / Travel Agent Which Places to Avoid
Before exploring the area, get a list of places that are known for crime, or streets that tend to darken after a certain hour. Identify the area on the map and avoid accordingly.
7. Hotel Receptionist Tell Where You Are Going
This is especially important if you are going skiing, hiking, or participating in any activity where there is a risk of getting lost or injured. Name how many people will be in your party and what time they can expect you. Then, they can alert the government if you do not come back.