Beware and Prepare: Traveling to Foreign Countries

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Unguarded travel to foreign countries is a disaster in the making. Keeping your family safe and secure should be your number one priority. However, the excitement and glamor of a great overseas trip usually overshadow the need to take proper preparation for traps that may turn our great trip to a nightmare.

In order to enjoy your trip with comfort and joy, you must put together a checklist of things you need to both take and do in order to assure the safety and security of those who you love with all your mind and soul.

No matter how long it takes to get everything in order for a safe trip, don’t hesitate to do it. Experiencing a disaster due to unpreparedness is far worse than the temporary headache of adequate preparation.

Adequate preparation will prepare you for all eventualities.


First, you must make sure you have all the documentations that you need for overseas travel. Not only your necessary information but also the vital papers of all your family members should be included. Passports, proper identification, traveling papers and schedules are vital to successful and smooth traveling.

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Foreign Laws

Make sure you are familiar with all the important laws representing the foreign company you are traveling to.  This information is vital.  If you are unaware of foreign laws you can find yourself behind bars in a strange country.  Breaking the law can be a simple as spitting on the sidewalk or entering into forbidden scenery without permission.

Adequate Insurance

Having a comprehensive insurance policy is a must for foreign travel.  Not only should you have life, health, and liability insurance. You need to make sure you include in your policy a provision for taking care of all your personal belongings.  For example, if you lose your luggage, your jewelry, or any other valuable accessories.  However, if your regular insurance policy doesn’t cover your belongings, you may have to purchase travel insurance.

Safety and Security Precautions

Beware of the places you go while in a foreign country. Some areas of the country might be downright dangerous and thuggish.  You may get robbed or kidnapped and held for a ransom.  Unfortunately, many traveling has even come up missing without a trace because the ventured into areas that were not advised for tourist visitation.

Avoid the Tourist Look

Do all you can to avoid looking like a tourist? Every country is filled with bad people who are ready to take advantage of unsuspecting foreigners.  If you find yourself looking up at skyscrapers in amazement or taking pictures without noticing your surroundings, stop and think who might be tracking your movements.

In a world where terrorism is on the rise, you need to be especially vigilant in countries where multiple terrorist attacks have already occurred.

Translating Device or Dictionary

There is nothing like learning a foreign language while you are in the very country of people who speak that particular language.  Packing a translating device will go a long way in helping you to understand the basic communication necessary to find directions, buy merchandise and communicate with strangers in the marketplace.

Sites Visited Schedule

Make a list of all the sites you desire to visit so that you will not forget about them. Nothing is more disappointing than missing out on a great tourist spot.  A trip can be a once in a lifetime experience. Therefore, strive to create the greatest memories with the people you love and care for.

I remember missing out on seeing a popular tourist attraction because of the time and money it would take to travel to the place.  I hadn’t made the proper preparation necessary to visit the attraction.  Hopefully, someday I can make it back there again.

However, if you plan carefully, you don’t have to worry about such disappointments.

Traveling to a foreign country can be a joyful and delightful experience for all involved if you take the proper safety and security measures.  Your goal is to relax and have tons of fun sightseeing and creating great memories.  Don’t let negligence ruin your vacation.  A vacation of such magnitude should be enjoyed to the fullest. Don’t waste it!