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
Before You Travel
Prepare and be
aware of the particular risks you may face at your destination.
- Read up on
the security situation and local restrictions and customs in the country
you are visiting. If you are aware of the risks that are
most likely to affect you during your travel, you will be
in a much better position to respond appropriately.
- Make sure
you know how to make an international telephone call from the country you are
visiting. Keep important local and emergency numbers with you at all times.
(e.g., local police/safety, embassy).
- 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
- Arrange to have easy access to
backup funds via a friend or relative at home.
During Your Trip
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.
of your surroundings and avoid areas where there may be an increased risk.
(See websites listed above).
walking alone in cities you are visiting. Stay away from barren areas,
particularly at night. Use only registered taxi services and approved or
recommended public transport.
obvious displays of wealth. Do not use your mobile phone in public and avoid
carrying or wearing expensive clothing, jewelry, etc.
time spent carrying valuable equipment, such as laptop
the amount of cash you will need for one day. If you use credit cards, carry
only one and keep the remainder of your cash and cards in a hotel
credit or bank cards in high risk areas is not
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"
- 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
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.
- Before you travel, make sure you
know what you are required to do in the country you are visiting in terms of
registering your passport/visa, etc. If in doubt, ask at
check-in to the hotel.
- Carry a color photocopy of your
passport when outside the hotel, unless local regulations dictate keeping your
actual passport with you.
- If required to keep your
passport with you, make sure you keep a photocopy of the ID page and any
relevant visas in a safe location at your hotel.
- Carry the numbers of your
relevant national embassy and your hotel with you at all
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
- Remain aware of your
surroundings. Be prepared to trust your judgment if a situation appears to be
- Ask for a hotel room located
between the 3rd and 6th floor and away from the main entrance to the
- Avoid using public
- Minimize the time you spend at
"iconic" public buildings, embassies, public areas or locations where targeted
groups are known to congregate.
Often the most important factor in experiencing a
pleasurable trip is to just keep healthy.
- Research any health concerns for
the country you are visiting before travel.
- Ensure you receive appropriate
vaccinations prior to travel. Some countries may not permit
you to enter without proof of vaccination.
- Maintain awareness of local
customs that may impact the health of visitors.
- Be aware that your health
insurance may not be accepted by medical professionals at your
- Contact your health insurance
carrier to learn more.