The most common scams while traveling

  • Travelers insurance

Accidents and illnesses happen at any time and in any place, there is nothing worse than having to interrupt your trip because you had to pay a hospital bill and you no longer have money to continue or even worse, leave the country.

To be honest, many of the activities I did during my trip would not have been possible or I would have felt safe doing them if I did not have medical insurance to support me.

  • Do not forget the vaccines

Before leaving, be sure to visit a clinic specialized in traveler’s diseases to see if you need any vaccine.

The only mandatory vaccine is that of yellow fever, but it only applies if you travel to an area of ​​risk or from it. Out of it the rest are recommendations, personally I am of the idea that in a health issue is not spared and if there is something like a vaccine that eliminates the risk of contracting a disease.

  • Avoid drugs

I am not against them, but in some countries the use of drugs can have very serious consequences such as the death penalty.

They do not need to be “strong” drugs, some countries even alcohol is prohibited, so be very careful and better inform yourself before going to that country.

  • Do not show affection in public.

Latinos are recognized for being very affectionate, we do not have problems in kissing, hugging or walking hand in hand with our partner or “friend with rights”. In other countries this is very frowned upon and may even carry fines.

If you are traveling through Asia, the Middle East and some regions of Africa, try to limit your displays of affection, however simple, to the privacy of your hotel.

Do not leave your belongings, if you have two backpacks that are always attached to you and put a lock on all closures

Your bags and backpacks will become an extension of you, never separate from them, unless absolutely necessary.

  • Do not give money, candy or gifts to anyone on the street. Much less to children.

There are 2 points why you should not do it.

Regarding security, sometimes when you take out your wallet to make a donation, the only thing you are doing is showing where you keep it so it is likely that another person is ready to take it out later. This is common in Europe where “pickpockets” (pocket thieves) are the order of the day, so always consider this safety advice to travel to Europe.

On the other hand, there are countries where poverty will break your heart but it is precisely these countries where you do more harm if you give a little money, a sweet or even a pen to the children.

By doing so, you are encouraging poverty and the person keeps asking. Children especially, seeing that by extending their hands to a tourist they get something will make them prefer to be on the street asking for money instead of studying. Over time they will grow up seeing foreigners only as a means to get money.

  • However hard and radical this sounds, it is a reality. Please avoid giving things to street children.

If you want to help then you better have a donation or volunteering in a civil association that deals with the problem at its roots.

In my case, when I was in India, instead of giving things away to the children, I went with a civil association in Varanasi to make a donation of notebooks that I bought and some pens that some friends gave me to leave them there.

  • Avoid using your credit card or putting your passwords in a cyber cafe or with public Wi-Fi. If necessary, use a VPN better.

Many cyber cafes have programs that store what you type on the keyboard so putting a password can be risky. If it is ABSOLUTELY necessary to access a personal account from one of these places, be sure to change the password as soon as possible.

But this is not all, in some public places where you get free Wi-Fi there are people who can read the data you are sending and receiving, including your bank account information when you buy something online or access your electronic banking.

The safest way to avoid this is to use a VPN, avoid putting passwords in cyber cafes and access or make purchases using Wi-Fi networks Free or open.

  • Avoid feeding wild animals

Animals are largely responsible for maintaining the balance of the ecosystem by feeding on certain plants, animals or other insects that could be pests. If you accustom a species to consume what tourists give it and not what it should, it can cause a very strong ecological impact.

Without forgetting that you also encourage animals to become aggressive towards future tourists who decide not to feed them, so it is best not to enter this vicious circle?

  • Do not look at the cell phone when you walk down the street

If you find yourself lost or have to respond to a message, stop and go to a place to do so. Being with cell phone attention in an unknown place makes you lose concentration which makes you vulnerable to accidents or assaults.

Did you know that in Ho Chi Minh City or other cities in Asia two motorcycle riders pass through the street, while one leads the other takes your bag and cuts the handles to remove the bag or backpack more easily? If you are watching your cell phone, you are your potential victim No 1 and at risk of cutting yourself as well as your backpack.

  • The problem is the shell or the ice

I traveled 3 months in India and the reason why I never got sick of the stomach is why not as fruit.

The main problem in countries where they do not have a drinking water supply is not found in the food, as they are cooked at high temperatures, killing bacteria and microorganisms.

The problem is found in the fruit or vegetables washed with this water and then not cooked. Most foreigners, especially Europeans, marvel in Asia and South America for the variety of available fruits and the cheapness of them.

If you want to eat fruits try to buy thick skin like oranges or wash them from a reliable source of water.

An exaggerated recommendation they give is that you wash your teeth with bottled water, the truth is that I never did and personally I find it ridiculous.

  • General safety recommendation for traveling

After several years of travel and various countries visited these have undoubtedly been the travel safety tips that have served me in many situations, how time is not nothing special but sometimes we forget even the most obvious.

The world is a perfectly safe place, goodness in human beings is an inherent characteristic and not everyone will try to hurt you, so go out and discover the world on your own but do not forget to pay attention to your common sense.

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