We travel for so many reasons: relaxation, enjoyment, enrichment to name a few. With all the planning, safety often is overlooked. We have compiled an essential ten tips below that will help you be a mindful and safer traveler and that will help you make the most of the travel experience.
- Know where you are going and how to get there
Do not read the map for the first time after arriving at the destination or assume you can just catch a taxi. Understand neighbourhoods and transportation systems before your travels. Today this can be done quite easily; most hotels have locator maps on the internet, and instructions on how to arrive.
- Have an emergency meet-up location
ever get lost in a crowd? It happens more often than you think. Establish a safe and well-known spot in case one of your travel companions or family members becomes separated from the group.
- Prepare for the worst
we hate to think about it, but accidents and crimes do happen to travelers. Make sure you are prepared for the worst before you go. One of the best ways to do this is with travel insurance. Sites like www.directtravelinsurance.co.nz allow you to order protection for yourself and loved ones online in a matter of minutes. Travel insurance may protect you for anything from a stolen laptop to medical bills.
- Make sure all documents are in order
A few weeks before your travels begin, make sure documents are up-to-date and you have the appropriate visas if travelling overseas. Make copies or scan duplicates to keep in a safe place. That way, if your documentation is lost or stolen, you can more easily order new ones. Documentation to have includes: travel insurance policies, itineraries, booking confirmations, passport copies.
- Pack appropriately
Research the predicted weather conditions and be mindful of the size of your bag if you will be carrying it frequently. Always pack a good pair of walking shoes for those sightseeing days. Ensure you have a variety of items, sports, dressy items, and casual clothes but don’t go overboard, try mix and match these if possible.
- Do not flash the cash
Use credit cards as much as possible and consider travelers cheques. If you use cash, keep smaller amounts in separate areas on your person. Always ensure you are keeping receipts, it is easy to lose count of expenditure on holidays, so when you get home you can review where you spent your money.
- Be appropriately cautious of strangers/sensitive areas
Kindness of strangers sometimes can be the best resource in a new place, but do not follow a stranger for a great distance, get into a vehicle or even share a taxi with a stranger. Ensure you stay in safe places particularly if out for evening activities.
- Food safety
Diet can vary in various countries and trying new foods can be exciting but take a close look at the cleanliness of restaurants and drink bottled water.
Determine whether immunizations are necessary for your destination and carry copies of prescriptions and carry medications in hand baggage with proper documentation. Documentation is of importance particularly with customs in some countries.
- Plan activities ahead
Everyone wants to have fun. Discuss and plan activities everyone will enjoy. Pick the favourites you are hoping to see and opt for the best time to visit these places.
For more information and tips on Travel Safety planning please refer to Travel Insurance Direct New Zealand’s Travel Preparation tips section