Vacations mean many different things to people. To some people, a vacation is just some time away from work and home with nothing to do but relax. They really don't care where they go. They may go camping of may just visit relatives in another city. Other people may want to travel half way around the world to see some place they've never seen before but always dreamed about seeing. The one thing all these vacations is that each person hopes it will be a memorable vacation with lots of fun.
Whether you are traveling to the next town or are planning on going somewhere out of the country, it's important to take certain precautionary safety measures. Accidents or mishaps in a foreign country can be twice as catastrophic when you are unfamiliar with the area, local authorities or medical facilities.
Always know exactly where you are going and what it is going to be like while you are there. If you have never traveled to this particular location, talk to people who have or do your own research. Learn about any certain laws they may have regarding tourists. Often law enforcement is much stricter with tourists.
Always bring enough money to last you the entire vacation. Nothing can ruin a great vacation quicker than running out of money before your vacation is over. Find out if their currency rate is different from your own (foreign country etc.).
Learn everything you can learn about where you are going and what the customs are. Research what kind of activities you can expect to do when you get there. Learn as much as you can about the type of tourism that takes place there. As exciting as it may sound to go someplace strange and adventuresome where no one else has gone, this can be risky, especially if you have no idea what to expect. Unless you are a very experienced and learned traveler, try to stay with customary vacations.
If you are planning a safari or other outdoor adventure, be prepared for all types of weather as well as insects and possible bites and preventative measures.
Last, but not least, always make a budget for your vacation. Find out how much everything cost where you are going and be generous. Better to come home with money then run short. When you get to your total of how much you need to have a great time, add a few hundred more and have fun!