Guest Blogger Alexander Hunkin
Going on a trip is easy, due to the fact that all you need is some money, an access to the internet and some free time. Nonetheless, traveling properly and being a responsible adult while doing so is something entirely different. First of all, you need to be in charge of your own safety, as well as in charge of the safety of those who are in your care.
You also need to be prepared to meet a foreign culture head-on, which requires a tremendous amount of research. Nonetheless, research can be incredibly enticing, especially when you’re reading about meals, customs and landmarks you’ll come to experience later on. With that in mind and without further ado, here are responsible travel tips that are simple and effective.
1. Watch out for your kids
The first thing that every parent needs to keep in mind is the safety of their kids. This, on the other hand, can be handled in more than one way. First of all, depending on the age of your kids, you need to understand that while your home may be childproofed the target destination may not have so kid-friendly accommodation available. This is something you need to take care of on your own.
Apart from this, you also need to understand that idle kids tend to be the most dangerous ones, which is why providing them with some sort of entertainment may be the best thing for you to do. Tracking your kids, as well, may not be a bad idea either. Wearable tracking devices are an amazing parent aid, even though your teens might protest about it. Youngsters can be easily persuaded due to the fact that some of these GPS devices also act as a side-gaming system.
Lastly, you should remember that no matter how good of a job you do child-proofing the place, packing a medical kit is still incredibly important.
2. Don’t be disrespectful
Another thing you need to understand is that each culture you visit has its own norms, rules and customs. As a foreigner, you won’t be held to the same standard as the native, nonetheless, there are some lines that you simply shouldn’t cross. Most people remember the incident of the famous YouTuber Paul Logan in Japan. The fact that he showed an inappropriate content is just one tiny fraction of all that caused all the backlash. The rest of the people felt that his interaction with Japan itself was incredibly insensitive, even outright bad-mannered. Doing some research prior to going abroad is, therefore, highly advisable.
3. Protect yourself legally
The next thing you should keep in mind is that protecting yourself legally in a different country may be quite difficult. It may require you to find local legal partners, even though this is something that you’ll most probably do this only in a scenario where the accident has already taken place. For instance, if you encounter a difficulty while on an Australian road trip, it would be much better to look for car accident claim lawyer in the state in which the accident actually happened.
4. Be careful of the local rules of the road
On the other hand, in some countries, you might want to take some extra steps to protect yourself. In Russia, for instance, it’s considered reckless to sit behind the wheel of a car that doesn’t have a dashboard camera. Therefore, if looking for a rental car, you need to take this variable into consideration, as well. Other places might require you to learn how to drive on the opposite side of the road.
5. Contribute to the local economy
The last thing you should think about is the way in which you can give back to local communities while traveling. For instance, why would you go to McDonald’s on your trip to an exotic country, when you can eat in a restaurant specializing in local dishes. Think about it, not only will this provide you with a new and unique experience but also prevent a scenario where your money leaves the country. Apart from this, you can also stay in a local B&B instead of opting for an international chain of hotels and shop in local stores.
Aside from this, there is a wide array of services that you would pay for either way. We’re talking about things like diving or surfing lessons. Now, you can still do this but with cognition that these actions contribute to the local economy. Needless to say, donating for local causes is always an option.
At the very end, traveling abroad is definitely not a complex thing and neither is the enforcement of the above-listed rules. In fact, after traveling just once while abiding by them, you’ll be unable to remember how you could ever have traveled without them. It’s not even just about being safe, it’s about knowing that your travels are optimized to give the best outcome for both you and the place you’re visiting.
More About the Author
Alexander Hunkin is an Australian based startup advisor with in-depth experience in growing business. His meaningful and strategic advices have helped in setting and growing many startup companies in Brisbane and Perth. Alexander is also a content creator for different niches. The top ones are business, career, finance and marketing. When he isn’t busy working, you can find him cooking exotic meals, scuba diving and cycling.
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