Travel Safety Tips
Thousands of people travel the world each year on business and personal trips, creating a massive footfall of passengers who may or may not be focused on their own personal safety. There are numerous aspects of travelling that require attention in order to increase safety, these include self awareness, protection against fraud, kidnap awareness and general travel considerations.
Hide your identity
When travelling, try and keep your identity hidden from other travelers and this even includes your nationality as some nationalities will be more prone to being targeted than others. Ensure that your passport is only in view when you actually need it and at other times it is safely stored away. When speaking to people, try not to let too much personal information out and be slightly cautious of who you are talking to.
Travel safety tips – Be vigilant
Whether travelling for business or pleasure, always try to remain vigilant when travelling and this includes being aware of your surroundings and the people within those surroundings. Try and notice anything out of the ordinary or something that you believe is not quite right, also ensure that yu report any untoward behaviour to an official.
Understand the country you are traveling to
Before you travel, do some research about the country you are visiting in order to better understand the country and the potential risks. You can search the FCO website for country information and learn about the background, religion, past incidents and medical information. The CiNPLAT app also details various information on every country and allows you to research countries on the move.
Tell someone where you are travelling to
Whenever you go away, inform someone of where you are going including dates of travel, flight numbers and hotel details. This then makes it easier for someone to try and locate you in an emergency, never leave anything to chance.
Be practical in terms of safety
Safety can mostly boil down to common sense and being practical in the application of safety measures, for example when you enter your hotel room, then some of the first actions should be to check for secondary exits such as windows etc. Then also try to identify safe routes away from the hotel, check the door can be double locked and that windows can be secured to an acceptable level. These are just some examples of conducting practical safety measures and checks.
Wherever you are travelling to and whoever you are travelling with, do not leave anything to chance and make a concerted effort to ensure that you and your party are safe whilst travelling.