Note: We actually wrote these travel safety tips for couples before we heard about the tragic killing of the solo female traveller Sarai Sierra in Turkey last week. Our travel safety tips can be used for solo female travellers (and males) as well as travelling couples.
We get asked a lot of questions regarding travel safety tips for couples because we like stepping outside of our comfort zones. That is not to say that we put ourselves in harms way, we aren’t that stupid. But we travel with open minds rather than being shrouded in fear.
6 travel safety tips for couples, before you travel
Don’t listen to what others, mostly the media, have to say.The world is NOT dangerous or unsafe. While there are dangerous people and destinations, they are a really small percentage of the world.
You are probably more likely to get into trouble in your home country rather than from travelling.
Most of the unfortunate bad experiences that happen to travellers arise from them being stupid, drunk or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it has happened to us. We think we travel smart and our experiences prove that. But we have also had our fair share of things go wrong while travelling.
A broken collarbone, internal bleeding, lost luggage and lost passports to name a few.
But after 3 years of travel we think that is pretty good. Especially since we have yet to have anything stolen (touch wood). By using a few simple travel safety tips, we have cut down our risks.
And minimising risks doesn’t start when you begin travelling. Travel safety starts at home before you go.
By using our travel safety tips for couples, and solo travellers, you can minimse your own travel safety concerns.
Before you go: Travel Safety Tips for Couples
These are the travel safety tips you should implement before you actually leave home.
Travel Safety Tips: Do your research before you travel
The first thing you want to do is research the destination. You can quite easily find out from locals, not other tourists, the safest places in a city. Online there are local forums, websites and other travel blogs for every destination in the world.
Read it all and talk to your friends. But please don’t discount somewhere just because of one persons bad experience. Use your own common-sense to decide if you really should go or not.
No two peoples travel adventures are ever the same.
Travel Safety Tips: Buy Travel Insurance that covers everything
So far our travel injury bills after 3+ years have totalled more than $105,000.
Adela broke her collarbone, I ruptured my appendix and had internal bleeding from a snowboarding accident. Luckily our comprehensive travel insurance meant that we were fully covered for the full amounts.
Take a moment to think about what you might get up to while travelling as not all travel insurance is the same. For example, some may include snow adventures and other extreme sports, while others won’t. You can usually add on extras if you know what you what activities you might be doing.
We recommend you check out World Nomads Insurance who will cover most situations. Just be sure to read the fine print.
Travel Safety Tips: Leave your valuables behind
In most countries you should try and blend in and not advertise that you are a tourist. And more importantly, a wealthy tourist. You will likely stick out like a sore thumb anyway, but advertising it by wearing fancy jewellery or carrying an expensive camera around is best avoided.
Adela always leaves her jewellery at home but will usually end up buying something locally made. It supports them and ensures you won’t get your nicest stuff stolen, or lost.
Depending upon where you travel, you may also want to consider leaving laptops and other expensive gear at home. If it is not feasible like us, as we travel with a lot of gear to keep this travel blog running, you can usually lock gear in your room safe or behind the check-in desk.
Much better than carrying it around all day too. You might also want to consider buying a “money belt” (examples here) that wrap around your waist underneath your shirt.
Travel Safety Tips: Get vaccinated
Vaccinations can be quite tricky to organise. We recommend visiting your doctor a few months before you travel to find out what you may need to get vaccinated for.
Some vaccinations/immunisations for certain destinations will actually require you to have several injections over the course of a few months. You may also need to prove to border control that you have been immunised when you travel.
Travel Safety Tips: Scan all your major documents
The final travel safety tip is to make sure you have a copy of all your travel documents. We used to carry around a folder with photocopies of our passports, relevant visas, travel insurance etc. As well as leave copies with our families.
Now we are able to just use Dropbox to store all our important travel documents online. Extra travel tip: We also use Dropbox for storing our photos online so that we won’t ever lose them.
These online copies can then be used if we ever need to print off documents or in case we lose something important while travelling. Of course if you are trekking through remote areas it might be best to print them BEFORE you leave!
Travel Safety Tips: Notify your bank
While notifying your bank that you are going overseas won’t stop your credit cards or money getting stolen. It may stop them (hopefully) from cancelling any cards that they suspect are being used fraudulently while you still have them.
Banks monitor suspected fraudulent use and will stop a card from working if they suspect it has been used in the wrong place. It should only take one phone call to reactivate it but letting them know your travel plans never hurts.
They can also provide advice on who to contact should your cards be stolen. Which means that you should keep a record of your credit card numbers and bank phone numbers if you need to cancel them. Just don’t record the security numbers too!
Do you have any special travel safety tips you do before you leave home?
5 Markets in Guangzhou That You Have to Visit on Your Trip
Guangzhou is one of only a few cities in the world that offers the perfect balance of tradition and modernization. Despite being the busiest trading center of China, Guangzhou or Canton still maintains a calm pace where you’ll easily find yourself getting lost amidst temples, shops and eateries where you get to sample authentic Chinese cuisine.
But if you’re visiting Guangzhou to shop or even source products that you’d like to sell back home, you should never miss stopping by these five markets that has everything you need to satisfy your shopping cravings:
- Guangzhou Watch Market
Located in ZhanXi Lu in the Yuexiu District, the Guangzhou watch market is the largest of its kind in China and has thousands of suppliers selling every Rolex replica watches and other famous brands imitations, accessories and fittings you can think of. The market is divided into nine installments and you will see some of the top manufacturers in China selling their products here.
- Guangzhou Jewelry Markets
Whatever kind of jewelry you’re looking for, you’ll surely find it in one of the three biggest jewelry markets in Guangzhou. Taikang Square Jewelry Market sells trendy yet low-priced jewelry pieces made from different stones, metals and beads.
Xijao Jewelry Market, on the other hand, has sellers specializing in micro inlay jewelry and items that are hard to find anywhere else in Guangzhou. Of course, there’s Liwan Plaza Jewelry Market where you can find unique jewelry pieces and even have one customized just for you.
- Huimei International Clothing Market
If you’re visiting Guangzhou to not only shop for your clothes but also source products for a clothing business, then you shouldn’t miss visiting the Huimei International Clothing Market near the Guangzhou Railway Station. Here, you will find every fashionable clothing you can think of, most of which are designed in Korea, and you’ll surely have fun shopping here no matter what your budget.
- Guangzhou Baiyun World Leather Trading Center
The Guangzhou Baiyun World Leather Trading Center is a haven for bag lovers who want to get their hands on a Gucci, Chanel or Louis Vuitton bag but don’t want to pay the hefty price for it.
This market is part of the largest leather product district of Guangzhou and has shops specializing in replica bags from top designer brands. You can also find replicas of designer shirts, cuff links, scarves and shoes in some of the shops in the area.
- Guangzhou Toy and Stationery Markets
To complete your shopping excursion to Guangzhou, you have to visit its toy and stationery markets that offer all kinds of toys and stationery products that will make for perfect gifts for your loved ones back home.
Stop by the Yide Toys & Gifts Wholesale Center where you can easily spend a day exploring the 12 shopping malls in the area. The 100,000-square meter Guangzhou International Toys & Gifts Center is also another must-visit place where you can shop for all kinds of toys, handicrafts, stationery and gifts.
Now, are you ready to go shopping in Guangzhou? Enjoy it the fullest!
5 Ways You Can Use CBD to Fight Travel Stress
If you are a frequent traveler, then the term “travel stress” would be familiar to the point of being painful.
And if you are not familiar with the term, then the following description would have you stand right along with those who are.
Travel stress could arise from frequent traveling, or even through a single flight or road trip. It often causes your mind as well as your body to feel extremely tired. It could also contribute to more serious issues such as anxiety or depression.
All in all, stress is never a good feeling to endure or live with. But it gets especially crucial to alleviate it when you experience it during your travels. Since your therapist is not available in another town and your closest friends aren’t usually with you, it falls upon you to take care of, well, you.
Thankfully, natural substances such as cannabidiol or CBD can help you in a situation where you cannot find support anywhere. As an organic compound, products from cannabidiol could go a long way into helping you alleviate stress.
To explain this further, here are 5 ways you can use cannabidiol to fight travel stress.
Have It In Desserts
Using cannabidiol products such as oil or concentrate, you could easily transform any snack into a promise of a relaxing future. You don’t even have to cook the dessert yourself. Simply order room service. Then, sprinkle the cannabidiol product over the sugary treat before enjoying it according to your liking. The natural elements in cannabidiol correspond with your brain, letting it release the necessary
Have It In a Milkshake
Who doesn’t like milkshakes? With a drink as popular as water, you could have your sugary treat in a creamy, liquid form instead. Just have a glass of milkshake to yourself and enjoy mixing your cannabidiol concentrate or oil into it. From there, it’s just you and the chilled glass of sugary goodness. Stress? Be gone!
Enjoy It In Snacks
Lugging around perishables such as brownies or milkshakes during your travel doesn’t sound like a good idea. But you can carry cannabidiol snacks in your bag easily. From lozenges to almond bites, and from candy bars to lollipops, you could find a plethora of choices in terms of cannabidiol snacks. All you need to do is to visit a regulated cannabis dispensary and place your order accordingly.
Vape It Up
Another way to enjoy cannabidiol is by enjoying it in the form of a vape juice. This makes sure that you are not subjecting yourself to psychoactive reactions. But at the same time, you could enjoy the next best thing to smoking: vaping. Vape pens and specialized cannabidiol vape juices are widely available. This makes sure that you can enjoy these products at your comfort.
Use Topical Cannabidiol Products
You don’t even have to consume cannabidiol orally to enjoy its effects. Products such as CBD oil, lotion, cream and gel are now widely available. You can simply apply these everyday items to your skin and enjoy a release of cannabidiol into your system. There’s no special preparation required. But you would still feel like you did something special to be rewarded with the relaxation and relief that follows suit.
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5 Travel Necessary Items for Reducing International Flight Stress
Just the thought of being at an international flight for hours is troubling in itself.
What can you do while being airborne for so long? What if you get stressed? What if you need help in alleviating your anxiety? What if you are afraid that your existing mental health issues may flare up if you don’t have a calming activity to do?
Even if you surrounded by people from your social circle, it doesn’t guarantee that you wouldn’t feel stressed during your flight. As such, you need to make sure that you are taking help from different remedies at to keep your stress in check.
Organic products such as CBD oil go a long way in keeping your stress at bay; while electronic equipment such as a music player also works wonders. To help you manage your stress levels during such a situation, here are the Top 5 necessary items to take on your next international flight.
Don’t Forget a Music Player
Music therapy is one of the best stress relievers. When listening to your favorite tunes, the world seems like a better place, and the worries often tend to swim away.
As such, bringing a device such as an iPod Touch with you is a good idea. That way, you save yourself getting disturbed by the flight staff to turn the device off or to make sure if it’s on Airplane Mode again and again.
But if you don’t have an iPod Touch or a similar device, ensure to put your phone’s Airplane Mode on anyway. And remember to inform any flight attendants about your thoughtfulness prior to the trip. This would ensure that you could enjoy your music without getting disturbed repeatedly.
Grab a Book
A good book could prove to be a doorway to another dimension even if you are locked into your airplane seat for hours. This keeps your mind busy and helps you from falling into stressful thoughts.
If you pair that up with the music suggestion, then you have a recipe for success in-progress. Just make sure that you take a book that is short and simple so you can finish it before your flight lands.
Using CBD oil or related products within your flight could also make you quite calm, relaxed, and stress-free. Along with other benefits, it also keeps your muscles and body relaxed as well, which makes sure that you save yourself from jet lag.
Due to this relaxed state of mind, CBD also helps you sleep better so you could rest your way through the extended hours of your flight if you choose to do so.
Get a Sleep Mask
And if you wanted to sleep through the flight to reduce stress, make sure you are in a comfortable state to do so. A soft, plush, and easy to wear sleep mask can help you achieve this objective.
You can get a sleep mask in most convenience stores. To make sure that you get one which you are most comfortable wearing, get one that is the perfect size. Also ensure that it comes in a material that suits your comfort level to wear all the time.
Utilize Cloud Storage Before You Leave
Leaving a digital document on your home’s laptop or at the office computer could induce a lot of stress. To avoid that, invest in cloud storage before you board your plane.
This would have to come a few days before your flight, backup all of your important or frequently used data to the cloud. Doing so will not only ensure that you are not stressing out during your flight, but will also go a long way into saving your documents and photos over your trip.
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