Things to avoid when traveling abroad
Don’t post online about what you’re doing.
If you’re getting ready for a big trip or have a new job with an office building that requires security clearance, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, don’t post on social media about how excited you are to be traveling abroad.
Don’t post photos of your past trips or of the new place where you work. It may seem harmless, but by posting this information online, you’re essentially giving anyone who wishes to do so the opportunity to target and find you at either location.
Second, don’t post photos of your new home online because this makes it very easy for people to find out where it is located. Again, something that seems relatively harmless could put your life in jeopardy.
Third and finally, if possible try not to use public wifi networks when doing anything important like banking or accessing sensitive information such as medical records or tax documents (even better if these sites aren’t even accessible over public wifi). It’s best to avoid using public wifi whenever possible while traveling abroad as they often lack security measures meant to protect users from having their data stolen by hackers.
Don’t bring too much stuff with you.
When packing, I always tell people: bring less stuff than you think you’ll need. You will have space to buy things and all the amenities there that you have here, but with a different selection. If you don’t know how much space you will have, or if your accommodation has limited storage space or no storage space, don’t bring more than what can fit in your carry-on (that goes for long trips and weekend getaways!). You can buy anything that breaks overseas and many items are cheaper abroad; however, it is harder to replace lost and stolen items like passports and bank cards. If needed, mail things home from the post office as soon as possible.
You might need less than what you think because many of the things you use every day at home may be available for rent abroad at a fraction of the price. For example, why own a bike when European cities offer bike-sharing programs? Why own camping equipment when you can rent it in New Zealand?
You won’t need everything that’s in your closet back home–leave some room for new stuff!
Don’t expect to be able to keep up your regular workout schedule.
The most important thing to remember is that travel will throw you off your routine. You’ll be too busy exploring and sightseeing to hit the gym every morning or squeeze in a run at the park during your lunch hour. Additionally, finding a place to exercise may take more time and effort than you’d think.
Even if your hotel has a fitness center, it’s probably not equipped with all of the tools that you’re used to using. If you do find somewhere to work out, chances are it won’t be as clean as the place back home that you’re used to going to, especially if you live in a city with strict health and safety standards. If you decide to go for a run outdoors, remember that no street is truly safe for jogging in some places abroad—especially if there are no other people around who can help if something goes wrong or keep an eye on your belongings while you’re getting in your cardio session!
Don’t force yourself into an exercise routine while traveling abroad. Instead of trying (and failing) to maintain your regular workout schedule from home, focus on being active during your trip instead!
This can mean anything from walking around town instead of taking taxis everywhere; hiking up mountains; taking group classes at local dance studios; exploring cities by bike instead of relying on public transportation systems like trains/buses; trying new activities like surfing or swimming with dolphins while still staying fit!
Don’t forget to look up cultural differences.
- Don’t forget to look up cultural differences
The last thing you want to do is offend someone while traveling abroad, so make sure you research the local culture. Simply Google-ing “[Country Name] Culture” or “Local Customs in [Country Name]” can yield some helpful results.
Some helpful travel apps you can use are Culture Compass and Jibbigo Translator. If you have time before your trip, pick up a few travel books for the country you will be visiting! Another essential travel tip is to learn basic phrases in the language of your chosen destination.
Most foreigners appreciate it when visitors at least try to say a few words in their native tongue, and by doing so you may find yourself *surrounded by locals who are eager to help guide you on your journey. Locals are also a great resource for learning about local customs and etiquette, as well as where to find hidden gems that many tourists don’t know about!
Don’t avoid the locals
Standing on the steps of the Taksim square, I saw a bunch of people, not Turkish, talking and laughing. They were local, dressed in bright colors and shorts and t-shirts. They were chatting with tourists and each other. Bystanders walked by as they spoke. They seemed to be having fun. And I was watching them from afar…
I wish I could have joined them—but I had no clue what they were saying. “Should I take the Metro here instead?”
It doesn’t matter where you are in the world; it’s good to meet locals, but you can also learn about their culture this way too!
Traveling abroad can be difficult and scary, but avoiding these pitfalls can make it easier
A common (but critical) mistake that many travelers make is posting their travel plans too publicly on social media. While it can be natural to share such personal details of your life, keep in mind that you never know who’s watching. It’s not unheard of for criminals to track someone’s movements and plan something accordingly.
This also applies to where you are when you’re traveling—for instance, if you’re staying at a hotel or a friend’s house, it can be best not to post about that or tag the location publicly on social media.
The fewer people who know where and how you’re staying, the better. You don’t want someone taking advantage or casing the place for a later burglary attempt.