Travel safe! Five safety tips when travelling

Travelling has its inherent safety risks, and each country has its own set of dangers that visitors need to know and watch out for. In general, there are safety practices that you can adopt as a traveler to minimize the risk each time you visit a foreign land.Here are five safety tips to keep your travels safe, sound and positively memorable.

1.     Be careful when swimming out in the open sea. First, be careful about rip tides. Rip tides are “strong sea currents which push away from the shore as a strong storm is near.” Even if you are a strong swimmer, rip tides are extremely powerful and should be avoided at all costs. Second, swimming in the beach means you have to leave your stuff lying around so if you’re alone, this makes you vulnerable to robbers.2.     Try bringing around a throw-down wallet. Some travelers put their day cash and some old, unusable cards in the wallet which they put in their pockets or bags. If, in a worst case scenario, they are held up or pick pocketed, the loss is not that devastating.

3.     Be taxi-smart. Research on what licensed taxi cabs are supposed to look like. Find out if there is a fare table to avoid engaging in fixed price negotiations with drivers. If possible, avoid hailing a cab off the street. Go to designated taxi lines. And avoid taking a cab alone especially at night.

4.     Separate coins and bills. Even before stepping out of your hotel, place your coins in an accessible spot (like your pockets) and your bills in a more secure spot (like deep within your bag or in a money belt). This is to avoid unnecessarily showing off how much cash you have every time you take out your wallet for train tickets or small purchases.

5.     Stay alert. If someone tries to offer you something in the middle of a busy street, be on guard. Refuse politely (do not stay behind for counterarguments) and walk away fast. In a social setting (for example, in a bar), it is okay to loosen up a bit but always stay alert.

Pack some Spanish

When visiting Spanish-speaking nations, a proven safety tip is to pack some Spanish. Speaking the local language will keep you from being tricked into falling for scams, and when shopping, will significantly help with your haggling. Of course, speaking Spanish will also fast-track the process of meeting new friends and embarking on new adventures—safely, that is.

Learning Spanish is useful in more than 20 countries around the world which consider Spanish as their national, official or de facto language.

Learning it does not have to be a burden too.

In California, The Spanish Group offers intensive courses for group or individual learners who want to learn to speak Spanish in San Diego and Orange County. The group also offers short term courses such as Survival Spanishfor those who will travel to Spanish-speaking countries and who only want to learn the essentials quickly; Spanish Light which is for the beginner who wants to try and learn Spanish, and can devote an hour or two a week doing so; and Complete Spanish for the serious learner who would like to achieve language fluency in less than six months to a year.

Students who come to The Spanish Group to learn to speak Spanish in San Diego or in Orange County have experienced the benefits of the group’s unorthodox learning method which focuses heavily on the learner’s preferred pace, style and level of language acquisition. The group is also known for their highly skilled and genuinely patient teachers.

To find out more about how to effectively learn to speak Spanish in San Diego and Orange County, and other Spanish language offerings, call (800) 460-1536 or visit

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