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It’s natural in this crazy world to be concerned about safety when hitting the road, but the folks at Rough Guides have some suggestions for ways to overcome some of the most basic fears of traveling.
If anyone thinks that it’s too dangerous, Rough Guides says, “get peace of mind by checking your government’s travel advice before departure, set up email news alerts about your chosen destination and identify the nearest embassy or consulate in case of emergencies.”
For those who are nervous because they don’t speak the language, remember to use communication that is universally understood.
“Even without a common tongue, gestures and a smile are universal and learning the words for “please”, “thank you” and “I would like” can also make you sound polite – a guaranteed means of inspiring others to help you,” writes Steph Dyson.
Traveling alone? There are even more concerns. Like, what if you get lonely?
“Stay in hostels with large communal areas or put yourself into situations such as group activities or tours where you have no choice but to strike up a conversation. You’ll soon have an abundance of new travel companions,” Dyson recommends.
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“Don’t view it as a lonely lunch date. Instead, treat it as quality “me-time” and take a book or journal to plan the next step of your itinerary or write about your experiences that day,” suggests Dyson.
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