Traveling Student

5 Important Safety Tips for the Traveling Student

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Planning a weekend, week or summer getaway with your pals? Join the thousands of other college students who are doing the same. Your time at UC Santa Barbara was well-spent, now it’s time to reward yourself for all your hard work. Traveling can be very rejuvenating, especially after enduring many months of hard work at Maryville University.

Before you run off to a faraway place, it’s highly recommended that you keep safety in mind. A lot can happen while you’re on vacation, so do what you can now to prepare in advance.

The following travel tips for students can come in handy, so keep them in mind!

  1. Scout the Area of Your Hotel

Don’t just choose the cheapest hotel you can find. Sure, your budget may not allow for much, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard possible dangers. You’ll sometimes find the low-rated, cheaper hotel rooms available in areas that are known for high crime. So depending on where you’re spending your vacation, check out the area to see if it’s any good. It’s no sense in staying in a hotel you’re afraid to leave out of. You should also make sure that the hotel is close to the city, airport and/or attractions, so you don’t have to pay too much for transportation.

  1. Check Your Passport

If you’ve had your passport for a while, it’s a good idea to check the expiration date. There have been cases where students end up trapped in a country because they stayed past the expiration date on their passport. Typically, a country won’t allow you to enter if you have gone six months past the expiration date, so unless your backpacking for a year, this may not be of concern to you.

  1. Consider Buying Insurance

Even if it’s just a weekend trip, you should heavily consider buying travel insurance. This should be done for your car or rental car and health. Anything can happen while you’re hiking, swimming or even shopping. Hospital bills is the last thing you want to have to worry about during your vacation. Make sure that the health insurance you purchase offer emergency evacuation coverage, so you can be transported back home to obtain medical care.

  1. Read About the Culture

You don’t want to mistakenly offend the people of the country you’re planning to visit, so do a bit of research before you go. Some countries are very conservative in the way they dress and act, so think twice about taking outlandish college mates with you to these types of places. All of you should be well aware of the cultural norms so that you can fit in as best possible. Doing so will also make you less obvious to thieves who like to prey on tourists.

  1. Study the Map and Transportation Routes

You could end up getting stranded while out in the town, so make sure you have a backup plan. It’s good to know the map so you can find bus routes or contact a taxi cab company that operates locally. Make sure you keep enough cash on you to pay for public transportation in the event of an emergency.

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