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12 Things You Should Know to Survive in Exotic Countries

What can be more thrilling than the thought of spending vacations in exotic countries, enjoying the sun, the sea, and the incredible beauty of nature? However, during your trip you may encounter a number of troubles that can turn your dream holiday into a real nightmare.

Bright Side shares with you the 12 most useful tips that can help you stay away from unexpected troubles and make your vacation truly unforgettable.

12. Jellyfish, corals, and bright fish

Lots of dangerous creatures, including some species of fish, jellyfish, and corals, live in the warm waters of tropical countries. The best way to protect yourself from marine inhabitants is to put on special footwear and avoid touching them even if they look extremely cute. Besides, you need to pay attention to important warning signs, such as a red flag placed on the beach, which means "No Swimming!"

Location: Africa, Asia, Australia

11. Rip currents

A rip current can carry you away from the shore to the open sea in just a few seconds. If you ever get caught in a rip current, don’t try to swim back to the shore and fight against it, since its strength is much greater than that of a person. You can swim across the current, parallel to the shore. Once it weakens, you can safely make your way back.

Location: all the seas and oceans on Earth

10. Mosquitoes and anopheles

Mosquito species that transmit dreadful diseases, including the Zika virus, live in many tropical countries. To protect yourself from the deadly danger, don’t forget to take a bug spray with you and get vaccinated against malaria, yellow fever, and other diseases before heading out on a trip.

Location: Africa, South America

9. Marine predators

Shark attacks occur quite frequently. However, it’s quite simple to prevent an unpleasant encounter with this predator. Don’t swim when you have open cuts or wounds, as the smell of blood attracts sharks. Though sharks are color blind, they react to color contrasts, so avoid wearing brightly colored or patterned swimsuits.

Location: the coasts of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans

8. Street food

Street food is a common phenomenon in all Asian countries, whether it’s Vietnam or Thailand. Though such food doesn’t carry any particular danger, it can cause a number of troubles: people who are not used to spicy food often suffer from a stomach disorder. The same applies to restaurants: just ask the cook not to add too many condiments into your dish.

Location: Asia, Africa

7. Water

It’s well known that tap water is not safe for consumption in some parts of the world. However, sometimes we forget that the ice served in bars is made from the same tap water. So it’s best to drink bottled water sold in shops and supermarkets. It’s also recommended to use bottled water for washing and cooking.

Location: Asia, Africa

6. Plants

Exotic plants can be hazardous to your health. Therefore, avoid touching unfamiliar plants during excursions to reserves or while simply walking in nature.

Location: Asia, Africa, Australia

5. Sunburns

The scorching heat of the tropical sun can cause painful sunburns. Just remember to apply sunscreen every time you go out. You can also wear light long-sleeved clothes that will protect your skin from getting burned.

Location: Asia, Africa

4. Monkeys

These seemingly harmless creatures living in Thailand and its neighboring countries can be rather aggressive and even attack people carrying food. You should take off all your jewelry and hide your camera properly when visiting monkey reserves, otherwise these curious and cheeky primates won’t hesitate to steal everything you have.

Location: Asia

3. Reptiles

Venomous snakes are common in tropical and subtropical countries. However, most of them will attack only in self-defense. So keep an eye out, and be careful where you step!

Location: Asia, Africa, Australia

2. Theft

Theft is a global issue. However, in Thailand, valuable things and money can disappear even from safes. It’s recommended to store your valuable items in several different places, and keep large amounts of money on credit cards. Take care of your personal belongings, especially when you’re on the beach or in the market.

Location: Asia, Africa

1. Traffic

Only the local residents can figure out how the traffic rules work in some cities. Drivers usually communicate with the help of gestures and signals. Therefore, you should be more than careful when riding a bike or scooter or when simply crossing the street.

Location: Southeast Asia, India, Egypt

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