Traveling to a third world country is something that can open your eyes to an incredibly culturally rich and different way of life. Although it may take some adjustments since its an entirely different world than back at home, it can be a transformative experience.
Even though living in a first world country is comfortable and the privileges of home are cozy and comfortable, it’s important to step outside once in a while. Taking a trip to a third world country is something that you will be sure to love in many ways. However, it doesn’t come without its risks and making sure that you do the following.
Be Mindful of Where You Eat
Since there are often more concerns for hygiene in places with a lower economy, it’s important to be careful about what you eat and drink. In some places, you should only drink water out of plastic bottles. Often visitors are advised to avoid drinks with ice as well since it may come from the tap.
When eating out in restaurants you may want to only eat in the hotel, or in places which come recommended as safe. Although this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be open to eating street food. Some of the most amazing places that you’ll eat in the world will be a stand in the middle of nowhere. It’s all about being aware of the sanitary conditions and asking for recommendations wisely.
Keep Your Valuables Locked In a Safe
Since theft can often be rampant in places where people are struggling, it’s important to be smart with your belongings. Ultimately it comes down to being logical. Don’t wear your most valuable jewelry in the street. Don’t keep your wallet hanging out of your pocket.
All of your valuable items including your passport and airline tickets should be kept in the hotel safe. This will ensure that no one can get their hands on them, even hotel staff who has access to your room.
Stay Out Of Dangerous Areas
It goes without saying that you should stay off the beaten path in areas which are known for being unsafe and crime-ridden.
Make sure that you familiarize yourself with your surroundings and ask for advice on where you should avoid during certain times of the day. Although you can never be sure that you’re 100% safe even in first world countries, it will certainly lessen your chances of being a victim of crime.
Keep an Open Mind
Remember, at the end of the day, even though you should be smart and vigilant, you shouldn’t let the fear overcome the joy of your trip.
Allowing yourself to be overcome by fear will only result in holding yourself back and detract from your experience. So keep an open mind for adventure!