There’s nothing quite as exciting as boarding a plane and going on an overseas adventure. You’ll get to meet new people, try a different life for a while, and all-around broaden your mind, what’s not to love? However, while travelling is mostly good, there are risks that you need to be aware of, too. Anything can happen when you’re in an unfamiliar land! Below, we take a look at three essential tips that’ll help to keep you safe when you’re on your travels.
You have a sense of which areas of your city are safe to go to, and which aren’t, because you live there and know it intimately. When you’re abroad, you don’t have this knowledge -- you don’t know anything. As such, it’s important that you read up on the overall safety levels of your destination, and where you should avoid. You’ll also want to research what foods and fluids are safe to consume. Not everywhere has the same sanitary standards as Canada.
You can’t always prevent bad things from happening, but you can control how you respond. Look up where hospitals are located, and the number for the local emergency services. Knowing how to say basic words in the country’s language will also be useful.
It’s fun to travel, but be careful not to take things too far. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t take at home -- you might just push your body too far. Keep things safe and responsible, and you’ll be less likely to get injured.
You can help to keep your travelling partners extra safe by completing a first aid course with LIT First Aid & Lifeguard Training. Hopefully you won’t need to use it, but you’ll be grateful that you took the time should you have to.