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TRAVEL SAFETY

TRAVEL
SAFETY

HELPFUL SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER WHILE TRAVELLING


Personal Safety Guidelines

Travelling is an unforgettable and magical experience, but like anywhere in the world, you must also use common sense to avoid unnecessary risks. By doing some research into the places where you will be travelling, you will have the tools you need to take the appropriate precautions before arrival. Here are a few guidelines that we recommend.


  Before Leaving Home

Scan all of your important travel documents and credit cards. Send a copy to yourself and family or friends on email. You can also take a photocopy with you in case you lose your originals and can’t find a place to print a copy.

Make sure a family member or close friend has a copy of your trip itinerary and is able to contact you while you are away in the event of an emergency. Check in with this person at least once a week.

Register your travel plans and an emergency contact person with your embassy.

Contact your bank to give the appropriate notice that you will be travelling abroad so your credit cards are not restricted while you are away.

 
  Health Advice

The best way to prepare yourself for a trip abroad is to visit your doctor and/or travel clinic for a professional consultation. You should fill all necessary prescriptions to cover your trip and vaccinations required ahead of time.

Consider carrying with you a plastic card or ID tag with your blood type, drug and/or food allergies and required medications.

If you have a major health condition, please feel free to notify us of this prior to your trip departure.

  Physical Concerns

Be aware of the physical requirements for activities that may take place in remote locations. If you feel unsure about your capacity to meet physical requirements, consider the option of not participating.

Always listen to your body and go at your own pace, especially while trekking in high-altitudes. Don’t feel pressured to stay with the group if you feel it might put you in danger.

 
  Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can strike anywhere in the world at anytime. Sometimes the infrastructure of undeveloped countries or remote location of our trips can increase the devastation of these events. Be aware of the inherent risks of the region and season in which you are travelling which might be affected by seasonal climatic conditions.


  Politics, Foreign Laws & Cultural Taboos

Travelling in countries with political instability can increase your risk of travel complications. Protests, roadblocks or strikes may prevent you from being able to travel as planned.

Local laws vary widely between countries. Remember that while you are travelling in a foreign country, you are required to obey the laws established there.

Local regulations and laws may be very different to those you are familiar with at home. Likewise, local infrastructure may be under-par when compared to those at home.

Conservative cultures frown upon unruly or obnoxious behavior. It is best to dress as the locals do, especially when visiting religious temples, shrines or sacred monuments.

In some countries, it is illegal to speak badly or disrespectfully of royalty or the governing officials.



Precaution While on the Go

 

Taxis:

Avoid hailing taxis on the street, have your hotel call a taxi for you or take one from an authorized taxi stand.

Ask if the taxi uses a meter-system or has a set rate for your destination before getting in.

Keep your belongings with you and check to make sure you have everything before getting out.

Make a mental note of the license plate or driver’s credentials if you feel unsure of your safety.
 
Buses & Trains:

Keep your valuables in a money pouch under your clothes at all times.

Carry your backpack or purse forward-facing with your hand on the zipper at all times.

Place a lock on your bags if possible.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times and any suspicious characters near you.
 
Ferries:

Wear a life jacket at all times, if available.

Take dramamine if you are susceptible to motion-sickness.

Keep your belongings with you at all times.

Stand or sit in designated areas.

 
Flights:

Keep your seatbelt fastened at all times while seated, turbulence can occur unexpectedly.

Familiarize yourself with the exit routes and what to do in case of an emergency.

Keep hydrated on long flights by drinking lots of water and avoiding alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.

Stand up and move around frequently on long flights to maintain a healthy blood flow.
             
 
 

 
             


Accommodation:

Keep your bags with you at all times, until you are allowed in your room, or can store them safely in the hotel storage room.

Lock your door at all times, even when you are inside your room.

Use the room safe or hotel safe for your passport.

Keep your personal belongings and valuables safely stored in your locker or bag with a lock on it.

 
 

In Your Free Time:

Be sure to use discretion when participating in optional activities on your own.

Use your intuition when hiring private guides or services. Always agree on a price beforehand and make sure the inclusions, timetable of the service are clear before departing.

 


Sightseeing:

Try to blend in as much as possible.

Don’t take out your wallet or expensive cameras in crowded areas.

Avoid walking alone at night especially in dark, abandoned streets.

If you feel that you are being followed, slip into a shop or restaurant and observe your surroundings.

Use cash machines in well-lit, public areas during the daytime, or better yet go to reputable banks and currency exchanges that have been recommended to you by your accommodation.

Look at your map in the hotel or a restaurant, rather than in the street.

Ask for help or directions from uniformed police officers or tourist police only.

Always carry a business card from the hotel where you are staying with you so you can show it to the taxi driver if you are unable to communicate in the local language.

 



Travelling & Trekking in High Altitudes:

Be aware of the potential dangers of travelling in high altitudes. From 1,500 meters above sea level and above, you are at risk of suffering from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness commonly known as altitude sickness). At higher altitudes High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) can become fatal if not treated immediately.

Know the warning signs of altitude sickness which may include but are not limited to: dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea, difficulty breathing, fever, lack of consciousness.

Take at least one day to acclimatise when arriving to high altitudes by car or flight. Take light walks, but avoid strenuous physical activity.

If you plan on travelling to a high altitude destination, see your doctor prior to your trip for prescription medication and advice. Take medication as prescribed by your doctor only.

Hydrate yourself well by drinking water frequently (little sips at a time). Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol. Eat plain, light meals that are easily digestible.

If you begin feeling sick, do not travel to higher altitudes. If you continue to feel worse, you must travel to a lower altitude right away.

 



Strenuous and Adventure Sports:

Be sure your insurance policy covers extreme sports like snow skiing, paragliding, sky-diving, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, etc. if you plan on participating in these types of activities.

Let your conscious be your guide, if you feel uncomfortable participating in an activity that you deem unsafe or beyond your physical capacity, you are not required to continue.

Go at your own pace regardless if the rest of the group is ahead of you. Your safety is ultimately your responsibility.

 



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