Possessions And Things Are Not As Important As Personal Safety
Getting away on a new adventure is something we all look forward to, but don’t let your new destination excitement stop you from being safe when you’re travelling abroad. We are all quite good and protective of our possessions and money but tend to overlook personal protection, as a lot of us believe there is lesser chance of anything happening to us than our things.
Naturally different people have different levels of risk adversity, from giving little thought to seeing shadows around every corner. But here are some top tips that will keep you in between being reckless and over the top on how to keep you reasonably safe the next time you jet off on holiday.
Where You Are
Use location apps to publicise your whereabouts to friends and family while you are on your travels. This will make it easier for them to find you in case of emergencies, may it be a natural disaster or criminal activities.
Turn on your map app and follow your ride while on-route and let your ride know it. This will discourage them from taking the long way round but also raise alarm if they deviate too much from the planned journey.
Learn How To Contact The Emergency Service
Find out what number(s) you’ll need to call should you require any of the emergency services during your stay. Or, acquaint yourself with the buttons on your mobile for these emergency contacts. It is also a good idea to learn key words like police and hospital in the language commonly spoken at your destination. If you have any specific medical conditions or requirements, make sure you are able to convey that information if necessary.
Do A Trial Run
Escape routes are usually posted on the back of hotel room doors, but if you’re in a panic it can be easy to lose sight of the escape route and end up in danger. After checking in and unpacking, it is worth the while doing a trial run of the escape route and find the nearest assembly point. It is one of those few things in life we are only too happy to say we wasted time doing.
Not all animals are friendly, and you wouldn’t go petting or feeding dogs or cats you don’t know at home, so don’t do it abroad! Some strays can carry ticks or other nasties and even bite, so avoid at all costs no matter how cute. These include domesticated or chained “entertainment” animals, not just for personal safety but also in not condoning animal abuse.
Be Willing To Spend Money
If upon arrival, your hotel isn’t in the best area and you feel unsafe, be willing to pay to locate elsewhere and sort the issue out with the hotel or travel agent later. Likewise, if you find yourself in an area of situation where you feel uncomfortable, then pay for a taxi back to your accommodation.
Other such situations include medication. When in need of medication for whatever reason, pay a bit more for a known brand instead of a local substitute unless you’ve come across it before.
Always be calculative but willing to “throw” money at the situation to keep you safe. Money is less important when it comes to personal safety and bear in mind compromising personal safety can cost you more in the long run.
Keep A Low Profile
Being in a foreign land, foreign language and laws makes us vulnerable, so keep a low profile. Be respectful of local customs and the laws governed by that country to avoid unwelcome attention. Leave whenever feeling threatened by the situation e.g. another person’s mood or behaviour, and avoid verbal arguments that could escalate regardless of fault.
If you have any medical conditions, together with copies of your passport, make sure you carry the details of your health issues and a list of any medication plus suitable alternatives where ever you go. This way if you need medical attention the emergency services will have all of the information they need to treat you accordingly.