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Safe Travel Tips for Smart Women

When you plan carefully, a vacation abroad can be a happy, exciting and memorable experience. Unfortunately, things don’t always go quite as you hoped they would. If you make careless decisions while on vacation overseas, you could find yourself in a dangerous and unpleasant situation. Unfortunately, this is especially true if you happen to be female. When travelling overseas, all women should take certain precautionary measures in order to ensure that their vacation is pleasant.

Dress Down

When you are on vacation abroad, you may feel the urge to dress up in good clothes and nice jewelry in order to feel glamorous in an unusual setting. When you’re in a foreign country, you should always dress down. Leave your expensive jewelry at home. Instead wear silver or junk jewelry. Avoid packing clothes with expensive designer labels. Instead pack clothes from regular department stores.  Try not to wear clothing that might provoke undue attention. Wearing clothing that is sexually provocative in the wrong setting, for example, could easily lead to rather an unpleasant situation.

Don’t Get Too Drunk

If ever you get so drunk that you are incapable of making rational decisions, then you put yourself at risk. This is true regardless of what country you happen to be in. Of course there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks and letting your hair down while on vacation. However, you should stop when you know you’ve had enough. Watch your drinks very carefully. Avoid accepting drinks from strangers.

Travelers Checks and Credit Cards

When you travel overseas, it is important to ensure that you have access to extra cash if you should need it. That’s why you should always try to bring travelers checks and at least one credit card when you vacation abroad.  Doing this ensures that you will have access to money should there be any kind of unexpected expense to pay. You will also be covered in the event that you lose your cash.

Passport and Money

It is not a good idea to carry your passport with you when you go out and about overseas. Similarly, it’s unwise to carry lots of credit cards or large amounts of cash on your person. When you are on vacation abroad, store most of your cash, your credit cards, and your passport in the hotel safe. Only carry as much money as you will need on your person. Carry photo copies of your passport.  By taking these precautions, you can ensure that you won’t be left stranded and without money in the event that you are mugged.

Purses

Thieves are often drawn to purses, fanny packs and bags that are worn externally. For this reason, you might want to avoid keeping your cash in your purse or bag while on vacation overseas. If you are mugged, it is always better to give the mugger your purse or bag than risk being attacked.  Giving up your bag to a mugger isn’t such a big deal when you know there is nothing of great value in it.

Your Cell Phone

Being able to call for help in an emergency situation can mean the difference between life and death. Hence it’s always prudent to contact your cell phone service provider prior to going on vacation overseas to ask them about their international voice and data plan. Most cell phone providers will let their customers use their cell phones abroad for an additional fee when notified in advance. If you have your cell phone with you on vacation abroad, you’ll be able to call for help or contact your loved ones should you need them for any reason.

Other Precautions

Before embarking on a vacation overseas, you should check to see if you will need any vaccinations. Doing this will help you to avoid contracting any type of serious disease. It’s also wise to check the government website for any travel warning before proceeding with your trip. By doing this, you can find out whether your destination is considered too dangerous to travel to at the present time.

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Health Risks When Traveling To the Caribbean and Precautions to Be Taken

Located southeast of Central America, the Caribbean is a region consisting of the Caribbean Sea and more than 7,000 islands. The place is also known as West Indies after the Italian navigator & explorer, Christopher Columbus mistook the Caribbean to be Indies.

The Caribbean experiences a diverse climate which varies from place to place. Winters are warm and dry, certain regions see a combo of tropical rainfall and warm, moist tradewinds blowing consistently. Not to forget the hurricanes, which at times clobber the region, making the Caribbean a strange and cozy place for foreigners.

Traveling to the Caribbean is an enjoyable trip only if you are judicious in avoiding harm or danger. Diseases in Caribbean are tempted to taste foreign blood, therefore extra care is essential.

Listed below is a brief list of possible impairment one has to keep in mind while traveling to the Caribbean:

  • Ciguatera
  • Dengue Fever
  • HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • Injuries
  • Malaria
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea

To enjoy a relaxed travel to the Caribbean, write in your docket the following simple things:

  • Do not drink contaminated water.
  • Keep your hands clean by washing hands often with soap and water.
  • Never eat or drink something you are unsure of. Always taste the things which you feel is palatable to you.
  • Make sure the dairy products you buy are pasteurized.
  • Don’t over eat. Excess eating may cause a feeling of nausea, inviting higher chances for traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Make sure you take necessary medicines with you. Also take requisite clothing to protect yourself from mosquitoes and cold.
  • To avoid the spread of HIV or other STDs, make sure you use condoms.

Safe travel to the Caribbean is truly a wonderful vacation. Enjoy your trip. Be safe.

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Should I Get Medical Travel Insurance?

If you travel a lot, for business or personal reasons, you should consider getting medical travel insurance. Medical travel insurance protects travelers in the event they fall seriously ill or suffer an injury when they are traveling domestically or abroad.

You can buy medical travel insurance for each trip you take or buy a multi-trip policy if you know you’ll be traveling on a regular basis or will be staying in a foreign country for a period of time. You can get an annual policy, too, that will cover you for a whole year. Most medical insurance policies have limitations regarding travel; many countries require payment in advance of treatment unless you can prove you have insurance to cover the costs. A medical travel insurance policy insures you will be treated. You may think your regular policy will cover you but many limit their coverage to certain countries.

There are two types of medical travel insurance. Travel medical is for a short term such as a vacation or business trip and you can be covered for a few days or up to a year. Major medical is meant for extended stays from six months to a year. Both types of policies cover your medical treatment, help you find physicians and medical facilities, and will even help you find a translator if you need one.

Medical travel insurance policies can also cover the expense of transportation from a remote location or to another facility to get the services of a specialist. It will cover emergency evacuation and even transport back to your own country if need be. That can be very costly and more than pays for the insurance. You can also include coverage that will transport your remains home if you die while traveling.

Some policies include a term life benefit and AD&D, or accidental death and dismemberment. The added cost of this is often negligible and well worth the cost.

You might think that such insurance is very costly but you’ll usually pay about 10% of the total cost of your trip. When you think about the expenses you might accumulate if you have a health problem it’s more than worth it.