So, Let’s discuss some of the most important rules in Traveling in a foreign country. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling for business or pleasure, It is absolutely critical that you keep safety your number one priority. Now, bad things can happen almost anywhere, but being in a foreign country can cause more problems than you may think.
In no particular order, Let’s begin:
1. Do Not overdress. Wearing all Prada accessories makes you look like a bulls eye for what I call opportunistic thieves. Dress more casual but still nice.
2. Do Not leave you’re your hostel or hotel without grabbing one of their business card. You might be surprise how many times people get too drunk when there out partying and get left behind by their fellow friends. Next thing they know, they are walking aimlessly in the middle of the road trying to communicate with random strangers for help (it doesn’t help if you don’t know the native language by the way).
3. Do Not over pack. Travel as light as you can. You can always purchase the items that you can’t leave without when you get to your destination. It’s not that fun hauling 50 pounds of luggage everywhere.
4. Do Not bring a fanny pack everywhere. There are so many reasons why you shouldn’t that it’s not even funny. Well it is and most of the time the funny remarks is intended to whoever is wearing one. It screams tourist, which is also say TARGET! Target from thieves and bystanders making fun of how ridiculous you look. Invest in either a shoulder wallet to put your important belongings where you can easily hide it under your shirt or jacket.
5. Do Not get arrested! I REPEAT…DO NOT GET ARRESTED. You might think pulling a dine and dash or jumping over subway barriers is all for fun but think again my foreign friend, you are not invincible. If you are arrested for breaking a law in a foreign country, don’t expect a lot of sympathy from the law enforcements. If you think your friendly neighborhood embassy is there to help, think again. They will not be any help of you if the fault is yours! Bottom line. Obey the rules! Or don’t be stupid.
6. Do Not stay longer than your visa permits. Again, this relates to what I just mentioned before. Unless you are curious to see the inside of a foreign country’s prison cell. The penalty for overstaying your visas varies in different places. Some places actually detain you. It’s definitely not worth it! Get out when your suppose to and your remember your friendly neighborhood embassy can’t help you in this kind of situation.
7. Do Not lose your receipts. This is probably one of the fastest ways to lose money, especially in China. You must hold on that receipt like your life depended on it! Hotels in China for example will not return your hefty deposit unless you have that magical piece of paper that they gave you the first night you checked in the hotel.
8. Do Not change your cash at a cash exchange or bank in a foreign country. You should make sure to you go to your bank to make sure your card will work in the country you are planning to visit. Now everyone says cash is power. Well, not if it’s not the right currency! ATM card is the only way to go! Bank cards get the best exchange rates. If you go to banks and cash exchanges, they will charge you an arm and a leg with commission fees.
9. Do Not expect everyone to speak English! Yes, like you I feel fortunate to speak English and even more so that so many people around the world speak the language to but don’t expect that everyone you meet in a foreign country speak it or understand you. Take the time to learn a few words or phrases of the language of the country you are planning to visit.
10. Do Not ride a Taxi.This is especially a big NO if you are traveling with more than 5 people. In Spain, you can only ride 4 passengers in a cab. Unless you can find one of those rare mini vans taxi then your other friends are out of luck. If you want to save money, avoid these wallet-draining transportation as much as possible take their public railway system if they have it or public transportation. They are clearly marked and very easy to understand if you take your time if you familiarize yourself with whatever system they have in that city.
Obviously, there are several other DO NOTS while traveling but I figured these ten list can help you get started. Remember, have fun and experience new things while you are out and about in your travels but always keep some of these points in mind.