How To Stay Safe Traveling in Asia
We have talked about How to Plan an Asian Vacation. Then we explore how to Navigate the Nuances of Asian culture. Today, we wrap up our three part series but exploring how to Stay Safe Traveling in Asia.
Safety is one of the most important elements of your Asian vacation. On such a massive continent, anything can happen! Despite the inherent risks of travelling, there are many ways to prepare for your trip. That will lessen your chances of trouble!
Before planning and embarking on your Asian vacation, it is necessary to research the places you plan to visit. This research is important for several reasons; with 48 countries in Asia, each with its own government and culture, political unrest can cause significant risk in certain areas. Take time to research the political climate of the places you plan to visit. While coups and political disruption can occur spontaneously. Many times, there are clear indications of these threats that can be assessed by researching the current political atmosphere.
Research is also necessary when planning and leaving for your trip because of climate concerns. Asia is a massive continent, and many of its countries include coastal regions and areas that are prone to earthquakes. Like with political situations, weather disasters can occur spontaneously, but travelers can also be proactive by intentionally planning their trips around safer seasons. For example, in southeast Asia, the rainy season, from October to February, is filled with nasty weather and occasional monsoons. While visiting during these months could be an enjoyable experience, it is likely the weather will be poor! Research the climate and weather patterns of the places you plan to visit when creating your itinerary; better weather conditions will guarantee a more pleasant adventure!
To ensure safety, it is also important to research the culture and practices of the places you visit in Asia. While this is not the case in every Asian country, in certain places, attitudes on women and minorities can be negative. If you are a female traveler or a member of a minority group, it is necessary to understand the culture you are walking into. Will you be safe there? Will you be discriminated against because of your gender, skin color, or sexual orientation? While unfair, these considerations are critical; with so many diverse cultures and groups, Asia offers both modernity and glimpses into the ancient world! With these glimpses can come varying attitudes, and to stay safe, it is important to acknowledge these sentiments and adhere what each specific culture demands in order to stay safe.
Personal safety is also critical to consider when traveling in Asia. There are several poverty-ridden countries in Asia, and even the wealthiest places have poor areas. Being aware of these conditions is necessary, and when travelling in poorer areas, do not wear flashy clothing or jewelry. Dress plainly, be mindful of the volume of your voice, and do not make eye contact with strangers. If your accommodation has a safe, store your valuables in the safe. Carry emergency cash in the currency of the country you are visiting with you at all times, but do not flash large bills or amounts when you are spending money.
Let the Proper People Know
To stay safe on your Asian vacation, travelers can take advantage of resources offered by their home countries. Many countries offer registration services, and travelers can notify their governments when they will be abroad. This allows travelers to receive assistance in case of emergencies and helps governments provide support to their citizens as they wander the world!
Besides your government, letting family members or friends know your whereabouts can also help keep you safe while traveling in Asia. Provide someone back home with a full itinerary of your travels, and if your plans change, inform someone! By leaving your information with those at home, in case of emergencies, it is far likelier that your host country and home country will be aware of your presence and can provide support and services.
An easy way to stay safe when travelling in Asia is to learn basic words and phrases! Memorize the words and terms for please, thank you, no, yes, and help. By having even the slightest knowledge of the local language, you can gain respect from those around you, navigate situations, and yell for assistance if necessary!
Being cautious in your travels is a noble endeavor; safety is a critical component of an enjoyable adventure. By being aware of yourself, your surroundings, and the local culture and customs, you will decrease your risks during your trip and can focus on exploring, engaging, and relaxing as you travel throughout Asia!
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