Dangers of Travel

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Sometimes, there’s nothing else for it. You simply have to throw open a laptop, check the flight and hotel deals on offer, and book yourself a trip. Maybe you can only afford a long weekend. Maybe you’re planning to escape for a week or two. Perhaps you’re in the fortunate position to wave goodbye to the stresses and strains of modern life for even longer. Whatever the case, travel is travel and you’ll be counting down the minutes until you’re standing in the airport looking up at the board that’s telling you your flight is delayed for five hours. Bliss.

But we’re not here today to talk about the joys of being bitten and smitten with the travel bug. We’re talking about the dangers of travel. For example, you may be involved in a car accident that was not your fault – get in touch with an Orlando based car accident lawyer if you’ve been affected. This could include as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian. But other than personal injury, what are some of the other dangers associated with travel?

Pickpockets

Pickpockets are smart. If you think you’re going to be targeted by a very visible culprit with clear intentions, you’re very wrong. Pickpockets often work in pairs or groups. One way the scam could work is by being caught off-guard by a friendly and loud and overwhelming approach, where you may be asked to buy something or you could simply be engaged in conversation. While your attention is on the person who approached you, your bags and pockets will be raided.

These people make quick getaways, too. Motorcycles that zoom by, stopping momentarily to pick up a passenger before speeding off, are a sign that someone has just been targeted. Reduce your chances of having your pockets picked by avoiding looking like a tourist with loosely worn bags and layers of clothing that can be ransacked without you feeling any movement.

Illness

Your body is finely attuned to the foods and drinks to which it is finely attuned (if that makes sense). In short, your ‘gut biome’ is a thing. And it doesn’t like to be disturbed. Travelling is the fastest way to bombard your gut with exotic cuisine and unfamiliar drinks, introducing new bacteria into your gut at a rapid daily rate that leads to stomach issues. This is something for which travellers rarely plan, but carrying a personal supply of over the counter medicines for upset stomachs can keep your travel plans on track.

Take official taxis only (and ask for the meter to be switched on)

There’s a quick buck to be made from tourists who need convenient transport. First of all, they don’t know where they’re going and the taxi can drive around for a while to run up the meter, and secondly, the meter may not be used at all, meaning the taxi driver can demand any sum of local currency that will mean very little to the tourist, so they’ll probably just pay. Only take official taxis with visible meters.

 


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