Staying safe when travelling abroad: a traveller’s guide

We all like to think that nothing bad will happen to us when we travel abroad, and chances are, we’re probably right. But there are steps we can all take to ensure that if something does go awry, we can remove ourselves from that situation and get our holiday back on track safely. Here you’ll find a few tips of how you can stay safe while you’re travelling abroad.

Are you insured?

I really can’t stress this enough. It is imperative that you have insurance before you travel. Travel insurance should be considered just as important as your passport and flight tickets! Even if you have an existing medical condition, you shouldn’t worry, you can easily invest in pre-existing conditions insurance from a reputable provider. Just take the time to do a little research.

Know where you’re staying

Yes, it sounds silly, but do you know the name of your accommodation in the local language? It’s always worth knowing this piece of information. You could take a photograph of this information, so you and the rest of your party have the address to hand, just in case you get separated. And to be extra safe, you could write it down on your hand when you go out – phone batteries die!

Walking alone at night

If you do find yourself in this situation, the best course of action is to walk closely to a couple who are headed in the same direction as you. This may sound odd, but you could be mistaken for walking with them rather than on your own.

Always avoid dark or empty areas, if you feel uncomfortable, then head to a more crowded area such as a bar or a restaurant to gather your thoughts and take stock.

If you do think you’re being followed, then don’t panic. Simply stop a member of the public and ask for help. Or walk into a restaurant or hotel and explain the situation – don’t walk to where you’re staying!

Your money

It’s always wise to keep your money in more than one location, just in case something happens. Pickpockets and opportunists are on the lookout for distracted tourists, if this happens to you, at least you won’t be stranded without cash.

Lock everything

Just because you’re on holiday, doesn’t mean you should be lax on basic security. Crime happens everywhere! If you’re heading out, make sure the windows and doors are locked securely and try to lock and hide away your possessions. Remove the temptation!

Mind your alcohol intake

We all want to have a good time, but sometimes when we have a little too much, our judgement is skewed. Being drunk in a foreign country could land you in all kinds of trouble and danger, so be smart. It’s also wise to double check the strength of the alcohol you’re consuming, it might be a little stronger than what you’re used to back home!

And never EVER leave your drink unattended!

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