Are you traveling to a new bird watching site this year? If so, then you might want to keep a few travel safety tips in mind. You can never be too careful, and while we don’t like to ask people to be too paranoid, it’s always good to make sure that you’re not naive either. It’s a fine line, but one that’s good to consider!
When you travel abroad you should make a point to only use secured networks. This actually goes for whenever you’re at home as well. You never know who else is on the network or who is spying on the traffic. Airports are a huge hub, for example, and all someone has to do is to creep up on your computer and install some spyware. If you have an anti-spyware software tool such as this one then you should be OK, but even so I try to remind everyone to try not to conduct too many transactions over an unsecured network.
Do you have your computer backed up? The fine folks over at We Hate Malware have written up a few guides telling you what to back up and where – whether it be on an external hard drive or a cloud drive. It’s not that hard to set up, and if you take the time to do it, then you won’t have to worry about your laptop getting stolen. Well, you should worry, but you won’t have to worry about losing data.
Get an international cell phone data plan. When I went to Japan I can’t tell you how valuable it was to me to have a bit of data so I could use my Google map while wandering Tokyo. I didn’t get lost! And it was a great tool to help me find certain things while I was wandering around. The enntire plan didn’t cost that much, and it definitely enhanced my trip quite a bit.
Other Travel Tips
Have you considered getting travel insurance? I think it might be worth it. In the even that anything gets stolen you will be covered. I personally like to use my American Express card as it gives me travel insurance automatically, but you must check with yours to ensure it does the same thing. I think travel insurance is a great idea for longer trips. I know when I buy it I feel much more relaxed about everything and less OCD
Make a small itinerary, but leave room for wandering. I like to plan a little bit, but I also like to leave time to just wander the streets. One of my favorite days in Tokyo was when my friend had to go to a work meeting and I just got to wander around. I didn’t have a plan…I just walked! And I saw so many interesting things. I love doing that – then you’re not forced into seeing something touristy, and you can check out the local shops that the locals go to. I’ll never forget wandering the small alleys and looking at the apartment buildings, then stopping into a Starbucks for a hot coffee when I got cold.