Having completed the travel part of your trip – or at least the first half of it – you often find yourself in an unfamiliar land. You do not speak the language and may not be fully aware of local threats and vulnerabilities.
The second installment of our exploration of travel safety and security looks at simple, common sense steps you can take to improve your chances of completing your trip without undue excitement and damage.
Here is a list of steps you will want to consider.
- Take a minute to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings (emergency exits, essential phone numbers, available hospitals and other emergency services). Have an escape route prepared. Stay alert to the people around you.
- Be wary of people requesting help (directions, change, time, a cigarette, etc.). Some rapists, purse-snatchers, and other criminals use this approach to judge how compliant a person is and to get physically close to them.
- Lock all unnecessary documents and other valuables in your room safe.
- Ask local contacts for a list of places you should avoid.
- Use only official transport; better yet, use a trusted service with qualified staff.
- Carry as little cash and valuables as possible.
- Keep an emergency contact tool and numbers (e.g., local Embassy) within reach at all times.
- Avoid getting into arguments with locals. When in doubt, disengage.
- Trust and verify – do not take unsolicited advice/food/drink without exercising good judgment.
- Be aware of the people around you when conducting business conversations outside the workplace.
- If you feel insecure, disengage and move away quickly, but calmly.
Watch out for our next installment on travel safety with additional sensible advice for increasing your safety and security while on location.
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