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Dating is hard. Dating has been hard every time I’ve tried to date. Inexplicably, we’re always positive that the next date we go on will work out better than the last. We should even the odds. We should expand our searches beyond the people we’ll meet in real life. You probably know what I’m about to suggest already: online dating.

Money

I’m not just talking about being rich. A flaw with lots of travel plans is the failure to factor in an exchange rate for your dollar. If going abroad, there’s often a charge for using a credit card. Cash will usually be your best bet. Here’s what you have to do:

Research the exchange rate for the country you’re visiting. Make sure you have enough funds to provide yourself with cash, on hand, at all times during your trip. Have a backup– credit cards and debit cards are useful if you run out of cash. Secure transportation is more important than a small fee for card use.

You do not want to get caught without money. No matter where you travel, as long as you’re unfamiliar with the area, you’ll need money. This will help you in all scenarios, especially if you get stuck somewhere and need a ride or extra food and water.

Keep personal items secure and with you at all times

It may be daunting to carry a purse if you’re afraid of being mugged. With that in mind, being prepared is incredibly important. Your money, passport, and other forms of ID should be on you at all times. If you’re not leaving your home country, you have an advantage. Being away from home means that you no longer have the safety or privilege of being a citizen. You need to be able to verify your own identity when traveling alone. This is especially important if you want to enter or exit a country. It can also help if you need to contact the police or a government official.

Travel light

This should be obvious. Read the reviews of your hotels! There are a lot of great places out there. Sometimes, though, certain hotels or hostels are in locations of high crime. Make sure there aren’t any horrible reviews of your future hotel out there.

Keep an object to defend yourself with

This is a worst-case-scenario type of deal. Maybe it’s just to make you feel better. Whatever the case, it’s comforting to know you can protect yourself. Most of the time, there’s no way to carry a weapon overseas. Instead, bring along a regular object or two that have the potential to defend you. For example, a pointy pen or some keys are great for protecting yourself. My favorite self-defense object is a personal alarm.

These tiny alarm systems are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. They also make a super loud racket if you press their buttons.Whatever your choice, self-defense is essential. Stay safe and stay capable!You have all the skills you need to be the best traveler around.

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