Pocket Tips

How to Travel Safely Abroad

 

The global landscape is evolving and risks associated with unpredictable events are always present. Instant World Booking wishes to share some simple steps you can take to ensure your safety while traveling internationally.

 

Before You Travel ...

Prepare and be aware of the particular risks you may face at your destination.

  • Make copies of your personal id (passport, driver's license), itinerary, flight tickets and emergency contact information. Keep a copy in your luggage and give one to a  friend or relative.
  • If you have special medical or health needs, contact hotels in advance to ensure physicians or other assistance are available.
  • Consider pre-paying large expenditures, like hotel bills.
  • Purchase travel insurance that will cover lost or stolen belongings, and unexpected changes to your itinerary.
  • Arrange to have easy access to backup funds via a friend or relative at home.

Check the following excellent resources for the latest travel and safety precautions for your destination:

 

United States Department of State

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Int. Trade

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Int. Trade

Japanese Foreign Ministry

 
 

During Your Trip ...

 

Crime

Crime presents a risk in any major city or high - traffic tourist location. Your chances of being a victim can be reduced by a few simple measures.

Transportation Safety
 

Transportation accidents while traveling pose a potentially significant risk.  The following simple precautions can help make you safer in getting from A to B.

  • Arrange to be met at the airport, especially on your first visit to a city.  Contact your hotel if you don't have pre-arranged transportation.
  • Upon arrival, immediately switch on your mobile phone.
  • Ensure you have the contact details of the driver or service meeting you.
  • If you have arranged to be met at the airport, but your driver is not waiting, remain in the airport terminal while you try to resolve the situation.
  • When using a car service, ask your driver for some identification before leaving the terminal.
  • Where possible, avoid traveling in taxis alone. Never hire unregistered taxi services, even if they claim to be cheaper. Do not hail taxis on the street in "high risk" destinations.
  • If driving or renting a car, make sure you understand all requirements and regulations, particularly in the event of an accident.
  • Be suspicious of strangers who claim to know you or offer cheap alternative transportation in unregistered vehicles.
"Hassle"
 

In some countries, you may be exposed to "hassle" from government authorities, including the police or immigration personnel, often looking for a bribe or similar payment.  Planning can help avoid difficult situations.

Terrorism
 

The main risk from terrorism comes from being in the "wrong place at the wrong time". A few simple measures can reduce your chances of being involved if traveling to a terrorist "hot spot".

Health Issues
 

Often the most important factor in experiencing a pleasurable trip is to just keep healthy.

Source: http://www.hosteltraveler.com/communications/articles/how_to_travel_safely_abroad.php