7 – Make sure you have a copy of your important documents
You can make photocopies of your personal documents and/or scan them in order to have them on your cellphone if you loose them or it gets stolen.
8 – Make sure you have your medication if needed
If you need medicines carry them in their original packaging and bring your doctor’s prescription.
Otherwise, you can bring a first-aid kit from home, just in case.
9 – Make sure you keep your belongings in a safe place
Take what you need for the day: maybe around €50 and a debit card, and keep the rest locked up in your accommodation. Make sure to spread your money and valuables on different places on your person.
Moreover, keep your valuable items on your body, not in your general backpack/suitcase. Always keep your valuable belongings close to you.
10 – Stay safe, open your mind, enjoy and share your experience!
There are several things you need to take into consideration in terms of safety:
- Ask for the safe and unsafe local areas (especially at night).
- Don’t wear an obvious ‘tourist’ outfit (don’t wear a camera hanging around your neck).
- Consider carrying an extra wallet with a small amount of cash.
- It’s worth spending extra money on safety. This means that it might be better paying a taxi at night, instead of walking alone.
- Check the list of relevant contact points
Open your mind!
Connect to other people, ask questions and embrace different possibilities, opportunities, suggestions, and interests! You may be surprised what you’ll learn from the people you meet during your travels.
In terms of languages and dialects, Europe is rich and diverse. Local people appreciate it if you try to speak a bit their language. A simple “please,” “thank you” and “I’m sorry” in the local language can already bring you far!
Share your experience!
‘’Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’’ – Ibn Battuta
Express your impressions, share ideas, meet up and spread your enthusiasm with other travelling youth on social media. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded people online: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter