Why it pays to take care abroad â Reducing Risk to Yourselves

By: Keith Mcgregor
It is also true that for the vast majority of us who go on holidayor spend extended periods in other countries, our time abroad can be atotally incident free experience, but it is important to be aware thatthings do go wrong. Although the following tips, aimed primarilytowards women travellers, should help to ensure a hassle free and safetrip abroad, many are just common sense suggestions that equally applyto male travellers and also for travelling in the UK.

Whentravelling around, the key is to act confidently. For women travellers,wearing dark glasses can boost confidence and think about how yourclothing will fit in with local customs and attitudes. If travellingalone, you may attract unwelcome attention and you may receive unwantedpropositions or remarks. It is best just to ignore them. Never acceptcar rides from strangers or hitchhike and if possible try and double upwith someone you know when travelling by taxi. Always pack your ownbaggage and never leave it unattended. Never carry packages or anythingelse through customs for other people. In your accommodation abroad,never leave a key where someone can note your room number. Don’t leaveyour window open if your room is on the ground floor and use a doorwedge on the inside of your hotel room door for extra security. Againwomen travellers need to take extra care when checking into hotels andhostels such as, don’t use a title such as Ms, Mrs or Miss, use only afirst initial and be careful about opening your door to anyone – if indoubt check with reception.

Try and stay in touch. Keep your family and friends aware of your plans and leave a copy of your itinerary, passport, travel insurancedocuments and credit cards with someone at home. It is worthwhiletaking a copy of these with you when travelling and keep separate fromthe originals. Once abroadFree Reprint Articles, e-mail or telephone home regularly. Carry alist of British Consular offices in the countries you plan to visit.

Don’tforget to check out the latest travel advice from the FCO before you goand find out about the culture and customs of the countries you will bevisiting. And why not take a look at the travel advice section on the Travel & Insurewebsite which contains easy to read advice on the support you canexpect from embassies and consulates worldwide should you get intodifficulty.

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