Exotic vacations can be every bit as exciting as we imagine them to be, if not more. After all, they offer experiences which are unique in their own way, and it’s that thrill of new experiences which draws us to foreign nations, exotic islands and mountain top cities around the world
Although they may be once in a lifetime experiences, some precautions must be taken and certain preparations should be made before venturing out. On that note, for the sake of ensuring both safety and a memorable experience, we are now going to go over a few tips that will help you get the most out of your next exotic vacation.
Do Your Research
In this day and age of the internet, there is hardly anything that you cannot possibly find online about travel locations. Do your own research about the place, with the following goals in mind:
- Prime attractions and offbeat experiences
- Safe and unsafe zones – every nation has them
- Tourist experiences, official reviews and opinions
- Best time to visit and offseason prices
- Possible health hazards such as diseases, water & air quality, extreme weather conditions, etc.
- Flight and hotel booking options for a safe travelling and staying experience
- Knowledge about best commuting options
- Map info
The idea here is to know as much about the place as you can, so that you can concentrate on having that exotic experience you are looking for, rather than wasting time in logistics during the vacation.
Get Your Vaccinations
It’s extremely important to get your vaccinations before you head out for any foreign destination because coming down with malaria or hepatitis in Thailand is likely the last thing that anyone would want to experience during their vacation! Everything from Japanese encephalitis and traveller’s diarrhoea, to yellow fever and typhoid, are health hazards that can easily affect travellers coming in from another part of the world.
Given that your body has had little to no exposures to most of these germs which are found in developing nations, you are going to be even more susceptible to them than the local population.
The exact shots required to keep yourself and your family safe from dangerous exotic diseases will vary in accordance with your destination of course. Travel doctors specialize in vaccinations, so they are the ones trained and equipped to both identify and provide the shots we need to safely enjoy exotic vacations, without having to worry about contracting a dangerous disease along the way.
Don’t just stick to the tourist traps, but try to do a bit of travelling outside the box as well. This is why it’s so important to research a location before heading over there. Most of the popular spots are usually crowded, but there are always hidden gems in every exotic location to find, which truly let you experience the uniqueness of the place.
Consider Getting Insurance
Travellers’ insurance is a safety measure which will keep you from feeling stranded if something goes wrong. To have insurance is to have security in a foreign land in case something goes wrong. Some of the scenarios that travellers’ insurance protects you against are as follows:
- Medical emergencies: contracted diseases and infections, cardiac issues, strokes, accidents, etc.
- Evacuation services for emergencies
- Loss of property/luggage
- Unforeseen financial emergencies due to theft/robbery/loss of documents, etc.
Now that you know how to be safe and carefree on your next vacation to an unseen, foreign land, all that is left to do is to take the necessary precautions and book those tickets!