Travel is one of the greatest educational tools around. When you travel, you will learn a lot, and you will probably see things that you didn’t expect to see. With that being said, some places you can visit are significantly safer than others. In fact, there are places in this world such as Yemen, Syria, and Somalia, where it would be pretty suicidal to get on a plane there for your two-week vacation. Those are not the countries that we are writing about. In this article I hope to help the traveler who would like to visit places such as Ukraine, Israel, and Egypt. Places, which have their problems, but are still safe to go to if you take proper precautions.
To start off, one of the easiest things you can do before you leave is to notify your embassy of where you will be going. This can be helpful in many different scenarios. First and most common is if you lose your passport. While it can be problematic to get a new one, notifying your embassy before you get there will make it easier. The next thing your embassy can do is help evacuate you if for some reason there is a conflict, or natural disaster. They can also help you find a doctor or lawyer that speaks your language if for any reason you need one. Now that we have covered the most important principal, lets move on to the topic of health.
In many parts of the world, the healthcare that you will get is not up to American or Western European Standards. If you get sick in Cambodia, you could very well have a really big problem if you don’t get proper treatment. While a country like Cambodia is mostly safe, there are still diseases you need to watch out for. If you would like to go to one of these places, you would be best advised to speak to your doctor about medication before you leave. Common illnesses and diseases around the world include Malaria, Dengue Fever, and various types of Encephalitis. The scary thing is that all of these diseases can be fatal. Another thing you need to watch out for is Travelers Diathermia. This can be fatal because Diaharrea causes dehydration, which left untreated, will kill you. So if you want to be safe, please talk to your doctor before you leave, as you may not be able to come back and regret not talking.
Next up, we have the problem of crime and terrorism. Israel for example is currently experiencing a wave of stabbings, which are terroristic in nature. A good way to avoid a situation like getting stabbed is to know where you are at all times. You should also look at people, and see how their body language looks. One trick for this is to look at the hands. If someone looks suspicious, you should inform a police officer, and many police officers have at least a basic understanding of English. Another thing you shouldn’t do is go to the market in a dangerous place. Everyone can see everything, and you don’t need anyone knowing how much cash you have on you. As for bombings, it can be kind of hard to prevent these, but trust your instincts, and if you feel something isn’t normal, get away as soon as possible.
To conclude, it is possible to travel in places that would be considered a bit dangerous, but you will need to take some easy precautions if you want to come back from your lively vacation.