Research your destination thoroughly. Check for travel advisories, local laws, and customs. Understand the current COVID-19 guidelines and requirements.
Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and travel interruptions.
Secure Your Documents
Make copies of important documents such as your passport, ID, and travel itinerary. Store these copies separately from the originals, or use digital copies stored securely online.
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when accessing public Wi-Fi, and enable two-factor authentication for your accounts.
Get up-to-date on vaccinations and health advisories for your destination. Pack necessary medications and prescriptions.
Carry a list of emergency contacts, including the local embassy or consulate, local emergency numbers, and contacts back home.
Stay in Established Accommodations
Choose reputable hotels and accommodations. Read reviews and check for safety features.
Use licensed and reputable transportation services. Be cautious with rideshares, and verify the driver's identity and vehicle details.
Avoid over packing, as heavy luggage can be burdensome and attract thieves. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
Be Street Smart
Be cautious in unfamiliar areas, especially at night. Stay in well-lit and populated areas. Avoid risky behaviour.
Respect local customs, dress codes, and etiquette to avoid unwanted attention or misunderstandings.
Carry a basic first aid kit with essentials for minor injuries, and know how to use it.
Keep your phone charged and carry a portable charger. Share your travel plans with a trusted friend or family member.
Check local weather forecasts and pack accordingly. Extreme weather conditions can impact your safety.
Food and Water Safety
Be cautious about what you eat and drink. Stick to bottled water and eat at reputable establishments.
Travel in Groups
Whenever possible, travel with a group or a companion, especially in unfamiliar or potentially risky areas.
Spend Money Locally
We encourage individuals to support local businesses and services to Stimulate the economy.
NB! Remember that safety is a top priority, and preparedness is key to an enjoyable trip. Keep an eye on the local news and be flexible with your plans if conditions change.
Stay safe, and have a fantastic journey in 2023!