Travel Smart, Travel Safe
Enjoyable travel always requires preparation
To enjoy your travels requires preparation. That doesn’t mean you have to pore over every guidebook or spend hours on the internet scrolling through website after website in search of tips and clues. It’s about covering the basics before departure.
Know your destination
Get the basic facts about your destination such as local culture, access, facilities, and climate and weather conditions. Check out if the area is at risk of natural disasters or if there are certain places you shouldn’t go because of the risk of crime. Knowing these facts is common sense. It will help you plan what sites to visit, what to do and what to pack, and helps you decide where to stay, how to get there and how long to stay. In other words, basic preparation will allow you to have the best experience possible and avoid potential problems or even danger when travelling.
On the move
• Always be aware and alert when travelling, whether you are in a vehicle, building or in an open area. It is also important to know exactly where you are going. Always act as though you know where you are and where you are heading because it will radiate confidence. Do some research about you destination, including how to get around and major landmarks. • Be aware of your surroundings. So, avoid using a mobile phone as much as possible, especially for text messaging or browsing the internet. Refrain from using earphones or doing anything that will distract you, especially in public areas. You need to use all five of your senses and remain engaged with your surroundings. • Always watch your luggage and bags and make sure your passport, ticket, money and other documents are safe and secure. Use a hard-shell suitcase rather than a travel bag made from soft material that can be cut, and avoid any bags with zippers. A hard-shell suitcase with a lock is harder to break into. • When travelling to certain destinations it is best not to show off branded or expensive belongings (cameras, bags, etc.). You want to avoid attracting undue attention to yourself and your belongings. Always respect local law, tradition, culture or belief. Be polite with people but be firm and assertive when necessary. Remember, wherever you go — even when you pay a premium rate — you are a guest. Treat people with respect.