Simple Safeguards to Keep Your Dream Trip From Turning into a Nightmare

Have you ever had a negative comment take the wind out of your sails?

This happened to me before a vacation to South Africa.

The trip was scheduled during the west African ebola outbreak and, as usual, the most ill-informed people were the most vocal.

So the weeks leading up to my trip were full of naysayers and killjoys. Thankfully, NO one in South Africa was talking about ebola. Not even the media.

Most of our fears – especially those when traveling – are unfounded. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to safeguard against things that might go wrong. Below are a few tips to make sure your bases are covered on your next vacation.

Make a plan and stick to it

Like most things in life, travel goes a lot better if you plan it out beforehand.

Planning your budget and agenda not only makes it easier to get the most out of every single second, but it also gives family and friends back home peace of mind.

Sticking to a budget, including emergency money, means that you’re in a good position to handle emergencies that might arise. Need to crash somewhere an extra night or change a flight at the last minute? Your emergency money provides the flexibility you need to take care of yourself.

I’m not a fan of overplanning, but having a general idea of where you’ll be on specific days will help others locate you in a crunch. Share your itinerary with those back home so that it’s easier for them or the relevant authorities to find you if things don’t go as planned.

Something else reduced by planning? Travel day stress.

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Share your location with those at home

Did you know that any device you connect to the internet has a unique and trackable number? It’s sort of like a digital fingerprint.

If you share this number with others, they can see where you’re logging in around the world. For those who are bad about checking in – I admit to that – this a good way to share your location. Other ways to track your location include Facebook and Google Photos.

While access to this information is weird in the hands of your ex, it’s useful for your parents.

As much as we wish they didn’t, disasters can strike at any moment. Knowing where you are at all times can alleviate worry when family can’t immediate get ahold of you.

Check these common travel disasters so that you know what you could come up against.

Avoid FOMO

While most travel fear is unfounded, I can get behind FOMO. Fear of missing out has motivated people to get out and grab life by the horns. No one wants to miss out on an amazing opportunity or the chance to share that epic activity with everyone on their friend list.

And while those travel superstars on Instagram make traveling look so easy, I admit that for most people a few things keep us from having the trips we dream of. 

Did someone say cheese, bread, dough (I must be hungry)?

By now, most people know how to save money by staying in hostels and using Airbnb. We also know the benefit of using sites like Skyscanner and Kayak for awesome flight deals.

Shopping portals are also a great way to save money. They’re online gateways to earn points and air miles as rewards for loyalty and using certain services. By visiting http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/rev-up-holiday-rewards-with-card-shopping-portal.php, you can learn how to save money on products and flights just by doing a bit of online shopping.

If you want your funds to stretch as far as your traveling adventure, doing all you can to save money is a must!

In addition to saving money for travel, it’s ideal to make your travels work for you!

Luckily, there are tons of ways to make money from your travels. If you’re strategic, you can get free or discounted travel around the world.

Or get a flexible job

For serious travelers, the business trend towards working from anywhere is a huge bonus.

The internet contains a host of jobs and roles that don’t require a traditional working environment and allow you to complete all work online. These are mainly freelance roles including copywriting, language tuition, and social media management.

There are a plethora of other roles on offer, so be sure to look here to find the freelance role that suits you the best.

As long as you have a suitable device to work on (probably a laptop) as well as strong internet connection, you can work from wherever you are, even if you’re on the move.

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From running out of money to sharing your location with family, the more actions you take to protect against risk, the more you’ll enjoy your trip.

Just like the best travel experiences, peace of mind is priceless.