Safety Tips for Budget Travelers in Foreign Countries

There are many things to keep in mind when traveling, whether you are a budget traveler or not. You obviously want to keep what money you have for your trip rather than lose it or have it stolen. You also want to keep yourself and traveling companions safe from harm. Here are some tips to follow to ensure your trip is safe and enjoyable in a foreign country.


1. Have a valid passport and all visas required for your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Keep one in a separate part of your travel luggage and the other leave with someone at home.

2. Be aware of any travel warnings for the country you are visiting. Find out about security and safety conditions in your destination.

3. Secure travel insurance!

4. Ensure you have been vaccinated against any infectious diseases prominent in the area you will be traveling to.

5. To make sure you can be contacted in case of an emergency, make a copy of your itinerary and leave it with someone at home.

6. Travel light and don’t pack valuables that you wouldn’t want to lose. Leave your jewelry at home but take an extra pair of glasses if you can’t live without them.

7. Remember you are a foreigner when you travel. You are a guest in their country and therefore should abide by their laws, and to a certain extent, their customs. For example, if you are a female traveling in an Islamic state, be considerate of your dress. 

8. Try not to bring too much attention to yourself when traveling. Don’t go out looking like a tourist with a flashy camera and expensive clothes. Try to blend into the scenery.

9. Travel in a group where possible and in well known areas. There will be times you want to get off the tourist track, so make sure you always have a traveling companion with you.

10. Only carry small amounts of cash on you. Your credit card and travelers checks will pay for most things.

11. Watch out for pickpockets! Wear a money belt and keep your purse/wallet in the front of your body. Report any loss or theft immediately to the local authorities.

12. Don’t leave your luggage unattended. Apart from having it stolen or items from it taken, you could also become an unsuspecting drug courier.

13. If traveling with a partner, pack half your clothes in their luggage and vice versa. This way if one of you loses your luggage, you will still have some clothes. 

14. Lock your luggage and label everything.

15. Lock your hotel room. Keep money and valuables with you, not left unattended in your room.

16. When using public transport be aware of possible theft. If you are traveling overnight, secure your luggage and sleep on top of it if possible. It is not uncommon for tourists to be drugged while on trains and buses so don’t accept gifts of food or drink from strangers on public transport. 


If at any time you feel unsafe, whether it is on the streets or in your accommodation, get out. Follow your instincts. Stay safe when you travel by being aware of the dangers and obeying the laws of the country you are visiting.


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Honeymoon Destinations – How about Guatemala?

This little paradise in Central America is often called the “land of happiness.”  And why not?  Sun-filled days, Caribbean and Pacific coasts, waterfalls, and a near-perfect climate make Guatemala one of the exotic honeymoon destinations you will want to consider.

First some facts about Guatemala.

Guatemala City is the country’s capital and the largest city in Central America.  This cosmopolitan city blends traditional Spanish architecture with modern commerce centres to bring visitors the finest of bold old and new.

The best time of year to visit is between November and April.  Tourists staying less than 90 days – which will unfortunately include most honeymooners, are not required to have a visa.  No surprises here that this land, with its Mayan archaeological sites and mysterious Pipil culture is a Spanish-speaking country comprised of approximately 12 million people.  What may come as a surprise is that there are actually some 21 ethnic groups in Guatemala speaking 23 languages.

Now what about that honeymoon?

Most visitors will probably enter Guatemala via the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City.  You may find the classical European style of the Westin Camino Real with its state-of-the-art fitness centre, squash and tennis courts, and heated pool, is a good base for exploring the shopping and sights of the city.  If a rural excursion is what you had in mind, the Casa Polopo you can choose from one of the stylish and comfortable accommodations in the main building or, spend your life’s most romantic moments in one of the complex’s elegant one-room suites.  Outside terraces, Infinity pools, a Jacuzzi, and gazebo with fireplace make this a perfect spot for honeymoon couples – and anyone else who wishes to enjoy the relaxing and scenic beauty looking over Lake Atitlan.

Friendly people, blue skies, and a warm and inviting climate…exotic and unique – Guatemala.

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Visit Your ‘sister City’ for Economical Traveling

What is a ‘sister city’ and how can you travel to one on a budget? 


A number of cities all over the globe have adopted a sister city in another part of the world to promote greater understanding, among other things, between the two cities and their nations. The sister city ‘movement’ began at the end of World War II and was instigated by America.


Participating cities aim to develop friendships and foster relationships between their chosen sister cities (some cities have more than one sister) and to encourage peace and understanding between nations. This is done in a number of ways – encouraging business and economic relationships through trade and technology, stimulate cultural and creative networks, develop partnerships between cities and countries and to provide the opportunity for sister city citizens to experience other cultures through travel.


Traveling to your sister city may be something you wish to do and it can be done at relatively low cost if you are able to become part of an exchange program. Cultural exchanges between sister cities are generally paid for by your home town. Some cities select students to travel to their sister city for a period of time, (it could be weeks or months) and pay all expenses. If you are a student, investigate what opportunities are available for this type of travel.


Traveling to a sister city is not only for students. Other residents may participate in the program as well. You may be selected as an ambassador of your town to travel to the sister city and take part in projects fostered by the sister cities. You will then likely to be asked to host visitors from the sister city when they travel to your country. If you are able to get on one of these exchange programs you can expect accommodation and food to be taken care of (you will probably be living with a sister city family) but you may have to get involved in fundraising for your trip.


If you think this sounds like a fun (and cheap) way to travel, visit your town’s web site and find out about their sister city program. You’ll need to become a member and join in the volunteer program to help with fundraising. You could be asked to host visitors from your sister city and you may get the opportunity to travel. Becoming involved in the sister city program means becoming a part of creating community links and learning about other cultures – exactly what traveling is all about. You may even have ideas for your community’s sister city program and how it can further foster its global sisters’ relationships.


This article is brought to you by: Stuart S. Travel – Your Online Travel Guru

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