01 Aug Do and don’ts for staying safe during a trip abroad
Travelling to a new country can be daunting as well as exciting. Unfortunately wherever in the world it is that you’re visiting you will find yourself at risk of petty criminals and thieves. However with a little bit of common sense and by taking a few precautions it is easy to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Here are our 5 top tips for staying safe during a trip abroad.
- Put padlocks on your luggage – Make sure that your suitcase and any hand luggage that you are carrying has a lock on it to deter theft. Thieves are opportunists, often just the sight of a padlock will be enough to put them off.
- Don’t accept lifts from unauthorised drivers – You wouldn’t get into a car with a stranger in your own country so don’t do it when you’re abroad either! Make sure that you book your airport transfers with a driver or company that are authorised to offer transfers to the public. If you are travelling via an airport then the staff at the airport will be able to help you to arrange professional and reputable transfers.
- Avoid visiting crime hotspots – If you’re worried about your safety in a country that you’ve never been to before then make sure you do your research before you go so that you know the areas that it is best to avoid during your visit.
- Keep your bags closed and with you at all times – Make sure that you never leave your baggage unattended at the airport, or anywhere else during your travels for that matter! If you are carrying a bag or holdall make sure that any zips or buttons are done up at all times to protect your valuables.
- Don’t flaunt your valuables – If you’re taking your laptop, tablet or any other expensive piece of electronic equipment with you on holiday then don’t flaunt it during your travels. Wherever possible make sure that your valuables are packed away and out of sight instead of carrying them separately.