The world is a wonderful and fascinating place, and even more enjoyable when you approach your travels with the right information at hand.
As peoples' demands for exotic and far flung locations for their holidays increase, so too do the risks and dangers arising from this new form of travel. From tropical diseases, to running out of money half way around the world, the issues that can occur when traveling abroad are new and often hard to deal with. It should be noted, however, that many of these dangers can easily be averted by the resourceful and prepared traveler.
The following list will help to minimise the stress involved when traveling abroad:
Leave a copy of your passport info and itinerary with friends or family. In case of emergency, it will make it easier for you to be contacted.
Ensure your overseas insurance is valid.
Learn the local laws and customs of the country/countries you are visiting.
Do your research on advice that relates to the country you are visiting with a good guide book. The Foreign Office website will also highlight any dangers which are relevant to your destination.
Make sure you have a list of useful contact numbers. For example, embassies and consulates provide information and support on a range of issues.
Be aware of the conditions - and any restriction if applicable - of your visa. You do not want to risk your trip ending before it has even begun.
It is advisable to take a mixture of credit cards, cash and travelers cheques.
Always make sure you have plenty of water with you as heat exhaustion and dehydration are the backpackers worst enemy
Most importantly the dangers that you face when traveling are not actually that different from those you face at home. A good dose of common sense goes a long way - for example keeping your money hidden, not venturing off on your own at night...