While away on vacation; there is a tendency to throw caution to the wind and have as much fun as you can. Why not? That’s what vacations are for; to let your hair down and forget about work. There are ways to do this while keeping yourself safe and unharmed.
Even though you are away and in a new country; it’s always best to keep a level head and follow one rule. That rule being: If I wouldn’t feel safe doing this at home; why would I want to do it here? In the United States, we have a lot more rules and regulations to keep us safe. Other countries do not.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try new things; just be smart and sensible about what you are doing. Would you go swimming by yourself at night in unsupervised waters at home? Of course not. Would you take a walk down a dark and unfamiliar road by yourself in the seedy parts of town at home? Of course not. You just need to practice common sense everywhere you go.
Here are a few ways that you can keep yourself safe while on vacation.
1. Bring a small flashlight. This can be useful when heading back to your room on dark, unfamiliar walkways. Also as a nightlight for the midnight bathroom trip to protect your toes.
2. Make sure that you have steady footing when entering your shower. A slip and fall could ruin anyone’s vacation.
3. Walk slowly on wet walkways. Again a slip and fall hazard.
4. Be cautious of rip currents and surf conditions before entering the water. Most resorts do not have lifeguards but water conditions will be listed at the dive shop or at the front desk’s bulletin board.
5. If the food you are about to eat looks bad; then it probably is bad. Don’t eat it and get something else.
6. Be discrete with your valuables (money, electronics and jewelry).
7. Use the safe for your money, passport and valuables.
8. Always be mindful of your surroundings. Avoid uneven walkways or broken steps especially after you’ve had some of those fruity tropical drinks.