Unless travelling in a group or as part of an arranged tour through an experienced and reputable tour operator, such as Newmarket Holidays, staying safe when travelling is very much the responsibility of each individual. Useful tips for remaining protected are as follows:
- Opt for appropriate clothing. This has two meanings. On the one hand, it is important to wear clothing that will be comfortable and allow you to move about freely, but you must also be mindful to dress in a style that does not advertise your status as a non-local, as this can attract unwanted attention. Culturally, many countries require certain levels of coverage prior to entering places of religious worship, common sightseeing attractions. Being aware of this will prevent embarrassment.
- Do not keep all your money in one place. It is a good idea to keep money in a number of places, such as in your wallet, tucked into socks and underwear or perhaps a concealed money belt. Should the worst happen, resulting in your wallet being lost, you will not be unable to provide for yourself.
- If you are travelling as part of an arranged excursion, through an operator such as Newmarket Holidays, safety in numbers is built-in and a key part of protecting yourself whilst away from home. For those not booking with a travel consultancy, opting to holiday with a wider group is recommended.
- Be sure to get all relevant vaccinations before embarking on a trip and allow a large amount of time for everything to be completed. Medical treatment abroad is not free, so valid insurance and appropriate immunisations are more than recommended.
- Always carry copies of identification documents just in case the originals are misplaced, allowing for peace of mind and safe passage home in an emergency. Asking someone back at home to also keep copies may prevent any difficulties should you be required to present identification for any reason.
- Be aware of local cuisine. Avoiding raw meats and fish, as well as untreated water, may prevent an unfortunate occurrence of food poisoning or illness. Though valid travel insurance will ensure that medical treatment is made available, it will not negate the discomfort or pain you may suffer.