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8 Ways To Stay Safe While Traveling Abroad

Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 8 Ways To Stay Safe While Traveling Abroad

Whether you plan on sightseeing in Paris or relaxing on a beach in Thailand, traveling to a foreign country can be quite exciting. Seeing new sights and being around different types of people can be a life changing experience. However, it is important to be cautious when you visit countries with cultures different than your own. Here are eight ways to stay safe while traveling abroad: Research the Laws The laws in the country you are traveling to may be different than what you are used to, so it is vital to research them thoroughly. For example, if you are visiting Singapore, you should not chew gum. According to BBC News, the country banned gum chewing in 1992 to promote cleanliness and good behavior. Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s former prime minister, implemented the law because he saw people throw gum on the ground and stick it on subway doors. Since the ban, the country has been a lot cleaner. Choose a National Hotel Chain Staying at a hostel may be cheaper, but it is safer to pick a national hotel chain. Bigger hotel chains usually have good safety records, so you will have a more pleasant trip. Purchase Travel Health Insurance Although it is not nice to think about, it is possible to get sick or injured while you are traveling abroad. If you have to go to the hospital to get treated, your health coverage at home will likely not cover the costs. That is why it is important to purchase travel health insurance before you leave for your trip. Travel insurance will help pay for medical costs abroad and ensure that you receive the proper care you deserve. Get a Money Belt It is especially important to be careful with your money when you are traveling aboard. A money belt is a great device to hold your cash and credit cards. If you put the money belt around your waist, your money will be less accessible to thieves. Learn Some of the Language If the country you are traveling to has a different language, it would be very beneficial to learn some basic phrases. If you find yourself in a bit of a pickle, knowing some of the language can definitely help you out. For example, if you can’t find your way back to your hotel, you could ask a taxi driver or local resident for assistance. Call Your Credit Card Company Beforehand If you plan on using your credit card during your trip, it is important to let the credit card company know a few days beforehand. If the credit card company sees charges in a foreign country and doesn’t know you are traveling abroad, they may cancel the credit card. Making a quick phone call will help you avoid a lot of hassle on your trip. Do not Give Money to Beggars If you are visiting a developing country, you will most likely see many beggars on the street. However, you should avoid giving them money. If you still want to help out the poor people in the country you are visiting, donate to a local charity. Make Copies of Important Documents Even if you are very cautious, it is still possible to misplace important documents, such as your passport, while traveling abroad. It...

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3 Tips To Always Get The First Taxi In A Big City

Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you live in a big city, or you frequently travel to busy cities for business or vacations, then you may have wondered why some people just seem to have a knack for grabbing taxis when they need them while you stand by and watch taxi after taxi just pass you up for the next rider. You may wonder if they are just locals who are known super-huge tippers, but although they may tip their drivers well, that is only a small part of the equation to getting a cab quickly when you need one. There are a few little-known ways to make sure you always get a taxi quickly when you need one.  1. Don’t Be Shy  Does your current taxi grabbing tactic involve standing patiently and quietly with the hope that the next driver will choose you over other riders because of your politeness? While you should always be polite once inside a taxi, the drivers won’t be able to appreciate your quiet politeness when hailing a cab, because they simply won’t even see you.  While you shouldn’t push and shove other potential passenger and do anything that breaks any laws when hailing a cab, you do have to be very assertive when hailing. Don’t be afraid to stick your arm high in the air and take advantage of any ways you can maneuver your way to the front of a crowd of taxi-seekers. However, don’t maneuver any further than to the edge of the sidewalk closest to the street, as standing in the street is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous.  2. Pay in Cash Paying in cash is one of the best ways to get repeat rides from the same driver, as taxi drivers typically lose a small percentage of any taxi fee that is paid by debit or credit through their card-scanning machine.  How can this tip help you get a cab in the first place? You need to make it known while you are hailing a cab that you plan to pay with cash, but waving a handful of it is not advised. Waving cash in the air comes with the chance of a passerby snatching it out of your hand and running. Instead, be creative. Make a bright, foldable sign that says “cash payer” or something similar to keep in your purse or pocket.  When it is time to hail a cab, hold this sign proudly in the air and not only will the words get the attention of a taxi-driver quickly, but the bright sign itself will also draw more attention to you.  3. Make It Known when Taking a Long Ride It is easy to see why a cab driver would prefer a passenger taking a long ride somewhere over a rider who only needs to travel a few blocks. The driver not only receives more money for this ride, but he or she can also only deal with one passenger and one payment during this time, which is a lot less hassle than giving several short rides to several different passengers during this same period of time.  This is another great time to make a sign, but this time you want to write your destination on it instead. Paying in cash? Add the word “cash” next to your destination, and...

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