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9 tips for safe and healthy travel for students

Students always find a reason to travel. The purpose of the travel may vary from just an adventure, educational trip or for fun. Whichever the case, there is need to ensure your safety and that of your belongings. For those who are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, that does not have to stop either. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and healthy.



1. Research

It’s important to find out what to expect on arrival at your destination. Get to know the area where your hotel is located and the landmarks surrounding it. With this kind of information, you will not feel like much of a stranger upon arrival.

Also, conduct a research on where to get fresh farm produce, especially fruits, and the nearest grocery store. This will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Also, check whether your hotel offers healthy food choices and if not, find out nearby restaurants which offer the same.


2. Find a Fitness Center, Hydrate and Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep helps you to recover from the exhaustion that comes with traveling. Sleep has also been proven to keep your mind alert and boosts your immune system so make sleep a priority. 

The fact that you are traveling should not be a reason to stop exercising. Some fitness centers have special programs for visitors where they even offer discounts. You never can tell, you might make some new friends along the way.

Taking water helps your body in so many ways. It keeps your skin looking glowing and also aids in weight loss. Water has also been proven to keep people fuller for longer hence nutritionists recommend up to 2 liters of water daily. 

Pack up your snacks - this should include fruits and nuts. As a result, you will not be tempted to eat the junk that you see along the way.


3. Use Safety Apps

These kinds of apps are proving to be really helpful, especially for solo travelers. The apps may include Uber, which will be of help in case you cannot access public transport or if you are lost. Bsafe also comes in handy whenever you’re traveling alone.

Though it also requires your friends to install it as well, it helps by giving your exact location in case of anything. This app also allows your friends to give you directions back to your hotel in case you are lost.


4. Try to Fit in

When it comes to your dressing code, ensure that you are not conspicuous. What is considered normal in the USA, maybe too revealing in other places?

Try to blend in by wearing what the locals are wearing. Thus, you will not be a likely target for pickpockets.


5. Minimize the Amount of Stuff You Carry

When traveling, do not carry loads of cash in hand just take things you will need. It’s also important to notify your bank that you will be traveling so that they can freeze your account in case they notice something fishy.

Do not show off. Remember that you are new in the place, and flashing out your phone now and then may attract thugs. Also, if you are in a public place don’t pay using huge amounts of cash or offer to buy say lunch to people randomly as it attracts unwanted attention.

It's advisable to use your phone to take pictures instead of carrying your digital camera. Also, put on less expensive jewelry.


6. Keep Copies of Your Documents

Make some copies of all your documents. This includes your passports, front, and back of your credit cards and your ID. Also, take photos of your passport with your phone. This will help you in case you need to use it, you will have all the details with you, and if it gets lost, replacement is quite easy.

It’s also important that you get the contact details of your country’s embassy. Knowing exactly where their offices are located is also an added advantage. These details will help you in case of anything.

Have several copies of the documents and if possible let your parents have copies as well since you never know what might happen.


7. Have Company

Students often travel alongside their friends, therefore, when going out especially at night, remember that there is safety in numbers and move as a group. This way, you attract less attention to yourself. The chances of being attacked are minimal.

Traveling in groups is fun but ensure that it does not get to the extreme. Don't let friends lead you to trouble by either drinking too much, making unnecessary noise or causing any trouble. Getting into trouble will cause more harm to your stay than good.


8. Have Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will cost you around 6$ a day, making it fairly affordable. Do not look at the amount required to have the cover rather on the importance of the cover:

  • It helps to cover you against emergency medical issues where they cover all the hospital costs incurred during your travel. Therefore, the medical emergency does not affect your travel budget.
  • If your luggage gets lost along the way, the insurance coverage pays for it saving you the hustle.
  • When your trip is canceled due to unforeseen reasons like weather conditions, the insurance cover takes care of your accommodation.
  • Insurance cover protects you from currency fluctuation as the claims are paid using the foreign currency.


9. Be Cautious

Safety begins with you. So, it’s important that you take care of the people you come across. Bars are places where most students often frequent. It is important for you to observe who approaches you, and also keep your drink in your hands. Furthermore, ensure that you witness the barman opening the drink because not everyone is to be trusted.

Lock your room and always confirm visitors from the help desk. While in the hotel, identify an escape route just in case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Even with all the excitement that comes with traveling, taking safety precautions should be paramount. You also want to maintain your good health; traveling doesn’t have to affect this. Will proper planning and foresight, you can enjoy safe and healthy travel to whatever destination you please.


About the Author: Alice Jones is a tutor & high skilled web content writer working on several projects including Custom-Writings. She loves sharing tips and topics about education, management, and marketing. Alice studied Arts in English at the University of New Orleans. She likes to read different book genres, to attend refresher training and various personal development courses.


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Written by: Richard Nolan
Published: 20 June 2018

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