Avoiding that holiday nightmare

Whether you get sick, need to return home quickly, or lose your luggage, taking a holiday can quickly become a nightmare. There are many things you can do in order to stay healthy, safe and happy while making a trip abroad. There is nothing worse than having unexpected circumstances ruin your trip, and you should try to avoid this at all costs.

Tips when on holiday
No matter where you are going, there are things you can do to keep yourself organized, healthy, and safe.

Before leaving:
– Make sure your home will be protected while you are away. Lock the doors and perhaps find a trusted friend or family member who can house sit.
– Research your destination. If you will be visiting a new country for the first time, have some idea of their customs and culture. It is easy to find information online.
– Give a copy of important information to a trusted friend or family member. This can include credit card numbers or a scanned image of your passport. In case you lose these important documents, you can contact your friend and get the passport mailed to you.
– Have a list of telephone numbers with you; don’t rely too much on your cell phone as this can easily be lost.
– Research the current exchange rate for the local currency so that you can avoid being overcharged and will have a better financial understanding.
– Book Travel cover. Use a travel insurance comparison site like ours to find cheap cover and be protected while abroad.

Packing:
– Stay organized. Make sure all of your most essential belongings are where you know they will be. Take important documents and expensive belongings with you in your carry-on luggage to avoid theft.
– Do not over pack. Only bring the essentials. You will most likely buy clothing and souvenirs from your destinations

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– Arrive at the airport early. There is nothing worse than rushing and almost missing/missing your flight!
– Never leave your luggage unattended; it could be stolen or individuals could slip contraband inside it.
– Keep any confidential/propriety documents out of view from other passengers.

Travelling on the ground:
– Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you need to be safe while accepting ground transportation. Aim to use pre-arranged transportation. Many hotels can also arrange transportation for you.
– Be careful when choosing cabs or buses. Make sure they are marked and ask your hotel which cabs are safe to use.
– When moving, keep windows rolled up and doors locked.

Other tips:
– Be careful with how you carry money. Do not carry large sums with you, and purchase a money pouch that can be worn inside your shirt.
– Do not wear flashy jewelry and clothing.
– Dress modestly, especially if you are a woman.
– Wear purses and satchels slung diagonally across the chest; this lessens the chance of it being snatched.
– Avoid any back alleys, areas you are unfamiliar with, or areas that feel unsafe.
– If you need help or directions, ask a woman with children.
– Stay in well-known chain hotels.
– Never open your door to strangers; identify the visitor before you allow them into your hotel room.
– When leaving your room, put important belongings in a locked suitcase or a safe (if available).
– Never let anyone know what room you are staying in.
– NEVER drink tap water and try to avoid eating too much street food.
More advice on avoiding an unpleasant holiday.

It is important to be wary and cautious when exploring an unknown place. Developing countries in Africa, South Asia and other parts of the world pose serious risks for scams and robberies. Please trust your instincts and make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Trust only official figures and ask other experienced travellers for advice.

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