7 Safety Tips for Traveling Abroad

When planning our trip around the world, people often asked us, “Aren’t you concerned for your safety?” We’ll admit we had some trepidation but after traveling through 33 countries across six continents, we know the world is a pretty safe place when you take the right precautions. In 675 continuous days on the road we were never robbed or even threatened, and that’s not luck. While we don’t have the geopolitical status on every Glamping destination, we can tell you that these seven tips helped us stay safe in every country we visited.


1. Research and Register with Travel.State.Gov. Cross-reference your desired Glamping destinations on Travel.State.gov for warnings and a slew of useful travel info. For extra peace of mind, you can join their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to get safety updates and be on file at the nearest U.S. embassy in the event of an emergency.

2. Talk to Travelers. Talk to your Facebook community and visit country-specific travel forums like Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree or Fodor’s Travel Talks to get reviews and advice from people who have personally traveled to your future destination.

3. Get Adventure Travel Insurance. For around $50 a week you can pick up travel insurance that will cover emergency medical, missing baggage, trip cancellation costs, and nearly every possible Glamping activity—from ziplining to dog sledding. We recommend World Nomads for their extensive coverage and great customer service.

4. Pack and Dress Modestly. The fewer flashy items you wear or carry, the less of a target you’ll be. As for electronics, it’s fine to bring a smart phone or SLR camera, just be mindful about when you use them in public (ie. not in crowded areas, rougher neighborhoods, etc).

5. Create a Safe Wallet System. Carry a simple wallet or “throw-away wallet” with enough money for the day in local currency, one twenty dollar bill, and one credit card. When you need to make a big purchase or you are going to the ATM, wear a hidden wallet like Eagle Creek’s Undercover Hidden Pocket that attaches to your belt and flips inside your pants. In the rare event you are robbed, much less will be at stake with this system.

6. Learn a Few Words in the Local Language. Even though English will get you by in most places, speaking a bit of the local language will do wonders for good will. Key words to learn: Hello, Please, Thank you, No Thank You and Delicious (this one is sure to bring a smile to every meal on your trip!)

7. Get a Local SIM Card. A phone plan for making local calls is a useful tool and great piece of mind for independence, making last minute changes, or in the event of emergency.

Our overall take away from our HoneyTrek is be confident and, even more importantly, be friendly. If you go into a situation with a smile, people are more likely to be kind to you and there is nothing better than that for a safe and memorable journey.


Anne and Mike Howard are creators of the around-the-world honeymoon blog HoneyTrek.com and Trip Coaches for those looking to travel the world safely, affordably and off the beaten path. You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @HoneyTrek.

A Vineyard Tree House

Text by Anne Collins Howard, HoneyTrek.com
Photographs by Mike Howard, HoneyTrek.com

The mountains and vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina are spectacular, but when enjoyed from Entre Cielos Hotel and Spa they become transcendental. Set on a vineyard at the foothills of the Andes, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World property has 15 rooms and one of the most unique suites we’ve ever stayed : The Vineyard Loft—a modern tree house hovering over acres of Malbec vines.

A tree house architecture firm Baumraum was brought in from Germany for the perfect pod and the in-house design team completed the fantasy with sleek and seductive interiors. Recently opened, we were amongst the first couples to glamp here.

Views to the Andes mountains and our outdoor bathtub, lured us out to the terrace every night for sunset and champagne.

The Vineyard Loft is one of many fabulous spaces at Entre Cielos. In the main building of the property, each tower is a duplex wrapped in graphic imagery of figs, mushrooms, cherries—and other flavors of full-bodied wines. The patterned design is able to change depending on the season or vision of chief designer Daniela Wager for architecture that never gets old. The next motif on her list? The typography of wine words.

Creators of the first traditional hamam in Latin America, Entre Cielos brings the Turkish bath tradition to a new level of decadence and relaxation. Wrapped in flauta towels we basked for over three hours in the herbal steam room, exfoliated in the Kese shower, soaked up the vinotherapy in our couples wine bath (yes, I said wine bath), and ended in the relaxation room nibbling on fruits and nuts. Heaven is an understatement.

In the morning, we awoke to the Katharina restaurant’s fabulous buffet breakfast. Fruits, cheeses, eggs-to-order and cappuccinos were served to perfection amidst the chic décor. When we returned for dinner, we curled up by the fire for a special five-course meal, complete with Argentinian asado steak.


There is no better way to explore wine country than by bike. You have ultimate freedom to winery hop at your leisure, stop for photos, soak in some sun, and breathe in the earthy aromas of the vineyards. To make this happen, Entre Cielos had Baccus Wine & Bike Tours deliver bikes and a custom map of the most charming wineries in the area.


The first stop on our ride was Bodega y Cavas de Weinert, founded in 1890. We loved the informative tasting given in this divine cellar. The chief winemaker was our guide and with her guidance, we tasted wine in a whole new way. Not to mention, the 2009 Late Harvest Pinot was to die for!

We biked the afternoon away, stopping at vineyards for tours and tastings and ended at the very impressive Alta Vista. With bottles dating back to the 1950s and modern tasting room–complete with personal sink for cleansing the palette and glasses–the winery left us with a warm fuzzy feeling.

When a hotel is this good, you want to hang on to every last minute. On our last morning we stretched our stay with room service to the Vineyard Loft. It is not easy bringing carafes of coffee and poached eggs down a gravel road and up the stairs of a tree house but the staff didn’t even flinch. Aficionados of service and style, Entre Cielos holds up to its heavenly name.

For HoneyTrek.com’s walk-through of the Entre Cielos Vineyard Loft, watch this video.