Guide to staying safe when traveling
From navigating unfamiliar streets to avoiding scams, this comprehensive guide has got you covered. Don’t let fear hold you back from experiencing the adventure of a lifetime. With our expert advice, you can travel with confidence and peace of mind. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the world safely and securely.
1. Research your destination
Before traveling, research your destination to understand the culture, local laws, and customs. There are some destinations with strict rules about clothing, alcohol, littering, and he list goes on. So, its always best to learn these rules to minimise the risk of a misstep. This also gives you a chance to set your expectations so there are no surprises you aren’t prepared for. Outside of this, also familiarise yourself with any travel warnings or advisories issued by your government or international organisations.
2. Secure your belongings
Keep your valuables, such as your passport, money, and electronics, in a secure location. Make sure your travel bags are secured with a lock, especially on long-haul flights. Also, don’t forget to make use of hotel safes, money belts, or other secure storage options.
3. Stay alert
Amid all the excitement in a new destination don’t forget to pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of any potential dangers. Take note of landmarks and buildings just in case you need to find your way back. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing flashy jewellery that could attract unwanted attention.
5. Be cautious with strangers
Be wary of strangers who approach you, particularly in tourist areas. Try and attain the quickest and the most secure exit strategy wherever you are traveling. Do not accept food, drinks, or other items from strangers, and do not leave your drink unattended.
7. Keep a copy of your passport
Keep a copy of your passport with you, separate from your original passport. This can be helpful if you lose your passport or if it is stolen.
4. Stay connected
Keep your phone charged and make sure you have a way to contact someone in case of an emergency. You can always share your travel itinerary and contact information with a trusted friend or family member. Consider purchasing key and phone trackers such as Tile to locate misplaced items.
6. Use reputable transportation
Use reputable transportation companies and avoid traveling alone at night, particularly in areas that are unfamiliar or have a high crime rate. Reliable transport is usually provided at the airport, by travel agencies, hotels, and even Airbnb owners.
8. Purchase travel insurance
Consider purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself in case of illness, injury, or other unexpected events.
Remember, it’s always better to be on the side of caution when traveling. By taking these safety precautions, you can help ensure that your trip is enjoyable and safe.
Counter Terrorism Police Advice
In today’s world, terrorism has become a constant threat, leaving behind a trail of destruction and fear. Due to this here is some advice from Counter Terrorism Police UK to keep you safe when you’re abroad:
- Check the latest UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice for the country you are visiting
- Make sure you have adequate travel insurance – check the small print
- Watch the holiday safety film below
If you find yourself in an emergency:
RUN – to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.
HIDE – it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.
TELL – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to. For all EU countries call 112.