Travelling is a great opportunity to explore the world, surrounded by people you love – or alone if you prefer. It doesn’t matter whether you go on holiday to relax, celebrate a loved one’s birthday or for the sheer enjoyment of stepping off a plane in a different country, it is vital to stay safe to ensure you get the most of your holiday and have the experience to remember, for all the right reasons. To avoid being injured on holiday, take into consideration our ways to stay safe this summer, or even if you are off to catch some much-needed winter sun.
It doesn’t matter what holiday hotspot you like the look of, the best way to stay safe is to do plenty of research before you are overwhelmed with anticipation and excitement, leading you to book your flight and accommodation for the week (or two if you’re lucky!) a bit too hastily. As fun as flicking through the pages of a glossy brochure is, scouring the internet is the best way to find honest reviews – positive or not! After all, holidays are supposed to be about spending time with who you go away with and are meant to be fun, giving you time to unwind and escape the daily routine.
Leave valuable belongings in the hotel safe, or at home!
With endless trips to the beach, hours floating on an inflatable rubber ring in the swimming pool and time spent walking cobbled streets, you really do not need to take your fancy Rolex watch, nor expensive handbag, with you on your travels. Whilst you may feel a little lost without your money by your side, it’s one less thing to worry about. But, if you really must take it will you, keep your precious belongings in the hotel safe until you put them on.
Be vigilant – at all times!
It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling alone, with friends or family members, it is important to take note of your surroundings whether it is at home or abroad. Being vigilant involves mentally taking note of the nearest escape routes wherever you may be, as well as being aware of standard security routines. Some may call you paranoid, but if the worst happens, you’ll know exactly where to go to remove yourself in the unlikely event of finding yourself in the middle of a catastrophe. If the worst does happen, head for the safest exit as quickly as possible and follow any instructions you are given.
Taking out travel insurance is the best way to ensure you can receive 24 hour emergency medical assistance when you need it the most. It doesn’t matter if you need to go to the hospital suddenly due to unexpected injury or illness since travel insurance covers hospital stays, surgery, and even emergency dental treatment! Plus, you’ll be reimbursed for any costs acquired as a result of fraudulent use, as well as if they are lost or stolen.
Report anything suspicious
If you think you have seen something suspicious, report it to the police immediately. You must also report what you have seen to your tour operator, who will notify the relevant Embassy of your suspicions. Whilst reporting suspicions won’t entirely guarantee safety, you are acting to protect yourself and who you are travelling with, as well as the people surrounding you. Most importantly, never challenge an individual alone.