Guest Blogger: KC Owens

I have the honor and privilege to post my first guest blog from KC Owens, a talented college student who also loves traveling. Follow his adventures and travel tips on his blog here and enjoy this wonderful article of his!

Recommendations to Help You Avoid Mishaps When Traveling

It is truly thrilling to travel around the world and see many different countries. I have taken a couple of long trips abroad and would not trade these experiences for anything. At the same time, I have also learned a few things about what can go wrong when traveling. The best way to avoid mishaps is to be prepared and take some sensible precautions before you venture off around the world.

One mishap to avoid while traveling is having your money lost or stolen. Many busy cities around the world have serious pickpocketing issues and you have to take precautions to combat against the thieves lurking around the market. According to Credit Card Insider, one of the best ways to do this is by securing your money with a prepaid credit card. Anyone can get a card like this, regardless of your credit rating or history– many students carry one for this reason. You simply store as much money as you want on the card. It’s best to only keep a limited amount of money on the card at any given time in case it is lost or stolen. You can always reload the card with more money whenever you want. Personally, I think this is the way to go when traveling because mine doesn’t have my name on it and so if stolen, a person couldn’t use it on the Internet and it only has a small amount of money on it.

Getting sick is always disappointing so if you want to stay healthy when traveling the world, you have to be careful about the food you eat. Raw and barely cooked foods are the most dangerous, as bacteria can live in these foods. That’s why so many people get sick when visiting foreign countries. You should also consider avoiding fruits or other uncooked foods that are often sold in the streets. The safest foods to eat are ones that are well cooked, such as fried foods. I know that fried foods are not normally considered to be the healthiest, but when traveling they are safest because the cooking process kills off any harmful bacteria. For more health precautions, bring small amounts of medicines with you in case you do become ill. It is always better to plan ahead than to be missing out on all the fun while on vacation!

One common sense tip to keep in mind is not to flash money or valuables in public. Even if you think you are in a safe area, you never know who is watching. When you are in an unfamiliar setting, you should exercise maximum caution. Don’t display expensive jewelry, electronics or cash in the street or in other public places. If you have to carry valuable items with you then I would suggest putting them in a traveler’s money belt. These are not very expensive and they can come in handy if someone asks you to empty your pockets!

Muggers and pickpockets usually target people who carelessly show off their belongings to the whole world. In fact, my friend was mugged while in Spain because he was alone at night while playing with his phone. A few guys noticed him and decided to take a few things from him. Luckily, he was okay but we learned to use the “travel buddy system” after that incident. Be smart, plan ahead and take precautions because it’s better to be proactive than reactive.

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.

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