Have you ever thought about the intrinsic relation there is between traveling with a peace of mind and enjoying your travels?
Advices for a safe and pleasant voyage
It is a golden advice that you purchase appropriate travel insurance
that will cover all the negative events that might occur.
Plan your agenda in writing
Do not leave it to your memory to remember all
the activities and schedules you have planned.
When you put your activities in writing on a
calendar, you will be able to efficiently calculate
your traveling time and costs.
Adjust your plans and you will avoid
unnecessary risks. Include directions and important telephones, for both place of destiny
and place of origin, as well as a list with all the
trip’s details. Leave copies of this
information with at least one relative or a friend.
Make a digital copy of your identifications
Losing your documents while traveling
could be troublesome. Scan your identifications
and email the PDF document to yourself.
In case you lose your documents, you could
print copies at anytime. When you have to go
through the process of losing your documents,
it will be useful to have copies of your identifica
tions at hand; this, will not only allow authorities
to expedite your documents faster, but will also
give them the possibility to avoid fraudulent
activities under your name.
Keep your travel insurance documents
Keep your travel insurance policy documents
with you at all times. In case of an emergency,
it will be useful for the authorities to provide
you with the attention you deserve. Verify
that the information in your policy documents
coincide with your passport information
Some restrictions for pregnant passengers
Generally there are no restrictions for
pregnant passengers up to 28 weeks of
gestation, although some airlines extend the
time limit up to 32 weeks. When the pregnancy is
above that time limit, the airline would probably
request a doctor’s authorization. Please consult
the policies of your airline and that of your
Travelling with an infant
If you are a mother who is travelling with an
infant, to comfort him/her during landing,
offer a bottle or your breast, if breast feeding.
Older children can chew gum or slowly blow in
a small bag
Avoid walking late at night
In cities that you are not familiar with,
ask the people in the hotel the adequate
route to go around so you can stay away from
dangerous places. Avoid walking late at night;
especially, around dark places with few people
on the streets.
Activate your cell phone and carry it with you
If possible, before going away on a trip,
activate your cell phone and carry it with
you. If you do not want to incur unnecessary
costs, keep it turned off. Having the possibility to
make a call during an emergency is going to give
you peace of mind.
Identify your cab number and information
When you take a taxi cab, identify information
such as the cab’s number, company
name and the driver’s appearance. When you
lose something or when you are robbed, the
information that you provide the local authorities
is extremely important. It is always preferable
to request cab’s services via telephone as
opposed to take a cab on the street.
Carry with you the telephone numbers
Carry with you the telephone numbers
and addresses of the closest embassy or
consulate in your country of destination. If the
embassy or consulate is not located in the city
you are visiting, it will be more difficult to acquire
the information. Hence, it is highly recommended
to obtain the information prior to traveling.
Bring an additional reading glases
If you wear glasses, make sure that you bring
an additional pair. In many countries you
can only obtain prescription glasses if they are
prescribed by a physician and this would cause
you to waist valuable time in the search of new
Do not forget your prescription medicines
A First Aid kit is absolutely necessary in your
travels. Do not forget to pack your prescription
medicines in your carry-on in their original
Please make sure you know how long
you will stay abroad and bring the medicines
accordingly, plus a week more of supplies. Do
not forget to bring a copy of the prescriptions;
this could be vital in case that immigration
officials request them or in case of a medical
Using a personal information card
Place a card with all your personal information,
such as your name, home address, phone numbers and email address; inside your luggage, purse and/or wallet. The identification cards tied to the exterior of your luggage have the tendency to fall out of place. In case you lose your luggage, airline companies look for any
identification inside the recovered luggage to
locate its owners
Be prudent with the foods
If you are in a country that is considered high risk with the so called “Traveler Diarrhea”, well done cooked and hotter meals are the safest. Avoid consuming food offered by food salesmen on the streets, unpasteurized milk products and raw seafood or any other raw food. Peel the fruits yourself.
Purchase bottled water or drink effervescent beverages. Avoid using ice. When you brush you teeth it is highly recommended that
you use bottled water.
Use repellents against insects
If you are traveling to a country with high
risk of illnesses transmitted by mosquitoes,
use protection at all times, including
Repellents against insects that
contain DEET are the best. Use clothes that are
treated with “Permethrin” and use mosquito nets
for your bed while sleeping.
Motion Sickness Pills
If your trip is going to be in a ship or train,
and you suffer from motion sickness,
speak with your doctor so that he or she can
supply you medicines to avoid this symptom.
Remember that all those medicines can make
you drowsy, thus make sure you follow your
doctor’s indications on how to intake the
medicine so you can enjoy your trip.
Remember contact your credit card provider
Recuerde activar sus tarjetas de crédito
para pagos en los países de destino, por
el tiempo que va a viajar. En emergencias una
tarjeta de crédito rechazada suele convertirse en
un gran problema.
Maintain your cash in batches
For your own security maintain your cash
in batches. You should carry smaller bills
at hand to be able to pay for tips, taxi cabs, and
smaller purchases. It is preferable that you carry
credit cards and use ATM machines to withdraw
larger amounts. But if you must have large amounts
of money, we recommend that you distribute it in different places like your luggage or in
the hotel’s safe deposit box before going out.