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Is it Safe to Travel?

Is it safe to travel?

 

Reading the papers and listening to the news can be somewhat disheartening these days. We are often surrounded with terrible news from places all over the world, both near and far.

After reading these stories,  the question remains: do we continue to travel?  We’d like to think yes. The world is nothing short of amazing, awe-inspiring and astounding. It needs to be explored.

Travel allows you to meet warm, compassionate people from different places than your own. When you travel, you realize that most people are innately kind and good. You realize that even if other people live thousands of miles away and maybe don’t speak the same language; they have more in common with you than you think.

Even with all the dangers that surround us in our day-to-day lives, we can’t allow fear in any capacity to alter the course of our lives or stop us from doing the things we want to do. (Within reason of course).

Here are some of our suggestions to continue to travel the world, safely and comfortably:

Be Smart

No matter when and where you travel, you have to be smart. Being aware of your surroundings, and taking steps to ensure your safety are always important. Making copies of passports and leaving them with family members goes a long way too. Also consider not wandering alone at night. These are simple ways to ensure you’re safer.  Another tip is knowing who to contact in case of emergencies wherever you go.

Do Your Homework

We encourage everyone to do their homework before travelling anywhere. It's important to not always take what the media tells you at face value. There are many places in the world that the tensions are a bit high, and the State Department and other country governments recommend you avoid visiting. But, you can decide for yourself. Sadly, sometimes these warnings are there more for political reasons than just safety. Do your research on the destinations by talking to people who have traveled there, reading articles and by using your best judgment.

Be Flexible

If in the unlikely event something happens, be flexible. Have a plan B & C in case you need to change your plans. If you are understanding, you will still be able to make the best of your itinerary. Travel insurance is always recommended just in case you need to move things around. Make sure to research policies that cover different situations. You might pay a little more, but it’s worth it to have a backup. You might want to consider a small group tour. One of the benefits is your tour leader always has a Plan B, all the way to Z just in case!

Lastly, rely on facts – not just opinions. For some reason, the global media has been set up to scare us. Make sure to trust YOUR gut and do what you feel comfortable with.

If you are reading to (safely) pack your bags, make sure to reach out to the ElderTreks team to chat about the best places to go. They love to talk travel! 

- July 13, 2016
 

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