It is important to know about the safety of the country you plan on visiting before you travel. You can find out safety information from the State Department. They can let you know if it is safe to travel. You can also register your plans so if there is an emergency, they can contact you.
Determine what immunizations are needed ahead of time. Also, renew your passport early if it is time for its renewal.
Find out the safety records of any transportation you plan on using. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for US citizens, according to WHO.
Make two copies of your passport and driver’s license. Take one with you. Leave one with a friend or relative. Also leave your itinerary with a friend so that if something happens, they can alert authorities.
Carry travel insurance in case there is a canceled flight or lost luggage.
When you travel, once you are at the hotel, you should keep your passport locked up in the hotel safe. Before you lock it up, scan your passport to your cell phone so you have it with you at all times. When you are traveling, be aware of any thieves who might want to snatch your cell phone.
Once you are at the hotel, keep your luggage with you. Don’t let it get separated in the lobby or it might be stolen. A hotel tip is to stay on floor three to six. It is not low enough to be broken into easily, but close enough if you have to come downstairs quickly in case of fire. If room service knocks, make sure they are the real thing and not an imposter. You can call the front desk to verify.
Find out if your phone will work in the location you are going to. If not, rent a phone in your location. Alternatively, if you have an unlocked GSM phone, but an international SIM card.
Be safe, put safety first, and it will help ensure a fun trip.