1. Tips for arriving
When traveling, no matter in which country and how – by car, airplane or boat you might be vulnerable. At this moment you carry all your money, credit cards , etc and when arriving in a foreign country you will often be proposed to “get some help” from strangers. That is why it is good to take precautions in order to avoid potential troubles during your trip. In this article you will find some tips that can help you to predict some problems.
- Before traveling abroad do not forget to inform you where the location of the airport is and how you can get to the city center. It is also important to check where you will be able to get a taxi, as well their tariffs. You will often encounter taxis circling outside the area of the stand offering their services. Never take these taxis, because usually they try to deceive you.
- Keep your wallet and valuable stuff in hand luggage bag or pocket. Before leaving, it is recommended to change some money into local currency of the country you are traveling for. This will avoid pulling large amounts of cash upon arrival. Keep a small amount of local currency in an easily accessible pocket, away from the whole amount of cash you carry.
- In case you cannot find any information about the arrival airport, refer to an employee of the airline company you are traveling with or in one of the government tourist centers.
Most countries in the world are really safe, but in some particular ones it is extremely important to be vigilant and take as many precautions as possible.
2. Tips during your stay
- When traveling, no matter the purpose of your trip, business or leisure, the goal is to spend some good time during your stay. Sometimes, however, some unfortunate incidents or illness can ruin your whole trip. Therefore, we recommend concluding Travel assistance insurance, before each departure. This will guarantee you the necessary calmness during your stay. Often the cost of medicines and medical treatment abroad is very high, so conclude your travel insurance policy to make sure that these costs will be covered by the insurance company.
- While you are in public places, try to look as you know exactly where you go. When you walk the streets with map in hand staring sites you are likely to attract some potential offenders. Also avoid pulling out large amounts of cash from your pocket or wallet. Try to plan your day in order to predict how much money you will need this day and make sure you do not forget your credit card.
- Do not accept drinks someone you have just met, because you do not know what his or her intentions are. It is even possible that he or she put a drug in your glass.
- Never accept if someone proposes you a ride to a “great place” or “big mall”, because more likely your trip will go much more expensive than taking a normal taxi.
- During you first days of your stay, contact your Airline Company and check whether the company require re-confirmation of the ticket. If so do it. Even though it is not necessary it can be useful because they will have your contacts and will contact you in case your flight is delayed or postponed of your flight.
3. Health tips
- In case you are aware of any kind of allergies you have to certain foods, learn the name of these foods in the local language of the country you are about to visit.
- Investigate which local diseases are prevalent in the country to be able to take adequate preventive measures. You may need to take with you some particular medicines. In some countries in Asia and Africa it is absolutely obligatory to be vaccinated for some diseases prevalent in the region.
- In case your trip is for a longer period it is recommended that you visit your dentist for examination.
- Be cautious of what you eat. Some foods, considered by locals as normal, could be dangerous for you. On the website of the World Health Organization (WHO) you can find detailed and recent report about health risks in different regions.
Despite all preventive measures, there is always risk to get sick or to have an accident. This is the reason why we strongly recommend concluding policy Travel insurance abroad with assistance which cover health risks. By signing this insurance policy you will ensure the necessary tranquility during your vacation or business trip.
4. Safety tips
- In order to be safe during your trip you should first explore the country you will visit and to be aware of the potential risks in it. Also, read the laws in the country which may have significant differences with the Bulgarian ones.
- Choose carefully your transportation company which services you will use, as well the hotel in which you will stay.
- Dress conservatively; do not wear much jewelry that could attract unnecessary attention to you. Carry with you as much cash as you will need for the day and leave the rest in the hotel safe.
- In general, avoid traveling alone. Do not share your travel plans with strangers. Always take main roads and avoid shortcuts or poorly lit streets.
- Pick taxis only if they are clearly marked with official company markings and only from official pickup points.
- Be extremely cautious if someone offers you to buy or rent some of your personal items. In many countries there are legal prohibitions on sale of some sort of items and you can get into serious trouble. Also, never accept gifts from strangers.
- Check the conditions for exchange of currency in the country you are about to visit. Go only to authorize agencies for exchanging money, because often trickery is to buy local currency at a very disadvantageous exchange rate.
- How to protect yourself from pickpocket?
- Avoid small or poorly lit streets
- Whenever possible, avoid very crowded places
- Carry a purse with a small amount of money and carry most of your cash in a front pocket.
- Carry your purse or wallet under your arm
- Do not pull out of your pocket large amount of cash