Traveling abroad is something which provides an exciting adventure to new cultures. Not only will you find yourself stepping outside of your comfort zone, but you may even find yourself completely transformed intellectually. That’s not to say that it doesn’t come with a few risks, however.
Even though you may be great at traveling in your own country, you shouldn’t assume that you know all the ropes. There are several things to be wary of while jet-setting around the world. Here are the biggest no-no’s when traveling on your adventures abroad.
Overstaying Your Visa
Americans aren’t used to being on the other end of immigration. Sometimes they don’t even realize that there are rules set in place for how long they can stay in a foreign country.
Depending on where you are in the world, you may be given certain limitations for how long you are allowed to stay. Even though you may not have intentions of immigrating abroad, immigration officials don’t know that, which is why there are visa rules set in place.
Under no circumstances should you overstay your allowed length of stay in a country. You could not only be faced with hefty fines, but you could be deported and never allowed to re-enter. You’re best respecting the rules the same as you would expect others to recognize your own borders.
It may be tempting to pack everything that you could ever possibly need for your trip. When you’re going to be abroad for a lengthy amount of time, you naturally want to make sure that you have everything that you’ll need.
However, overpacking will only lead to frustration and even theft. When you’re traveling from place to place, you should keep your luggage light and portable. You’ll want to know where your bag is at all times in order to avoid any potential issues, so on your back or in your hands is best.
Even though you may want to make sure that you have money in the event of encountering a merchant who doesn’t accept cards, it can be a risky mistake.
Carrying large amounts of cash, particularly in third world countries can be the equivalent of painting a target on your back. If you must use cash, only carry small quantities at a time. You’ll be in much less trouble if it gets lost or stolen.
It’s best to familiarize yourself with the safest areas to hang out in wherever you’re going. Responsible travelers know to check out a few guidebooks before going somewhere so that they have an idea of where they should and shouldn’t go.
Be smart and stick to the areas where you won’t put yourself or others at risk.