Travel Safety

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Ev­ery time you go out in the surf you are man­ag­ing risk – how big is it to­day?, what are the con­di­tions?, is there a rip?, are there other people in the wa­ter?, is there a reef? Un­for­tu­nately a lot of people don’t take the same ap­proach to plan­ning their travel. It’s easy to charge out the door fo­cused only on the good times, but things can and do go wrong for Ki­wis trav­el­ling over­seas. It might seem ro­man­tic to chuck your stuff in a bag and take off, but the sort of prepa­ra­tion that makes for a safe surf can save time, money, or even your life, if you run into trou­ble over­seas. Be­fore head­ing to the beach, you check out the surf re­port on­line - if you are plan­ning an over­seas trip, you should check out www.safe­travel.govt.nz. This is New Zealand’s of­fi­cial source of travel ad­vice, with de­tailed ad­vice about spe­cific coun­tries. Hav­ing the lat­est in­for­ma­tion will help you make in­formed de­ci­sions. It’s worth keep­ing an eye on travel ad­vice up un­til de­par­ture, as we reg­u­larly up­date it in re­sponse to de­vel­op­ments. Laws and cus­toms can be very dif­fer­ent in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and be­ing from New Zealand will not get you any spe­cial treat­ment. You are ex­pected to obey all lo­cal laws and there are no “get out of jail free” cards. Tak­ing the time to read up on the place you are go­ing to will help avoid any mis­un­der­stand­ings and it will make for a more re­ward­ing trip if you know a bit about the people and place you are vis­it­ing. When you go out in big surf or to an iso­lated spot, it’s good to let some­one know where you are go­ing in case you get into trou­ble. The same ap­plies for head­ing out of New Zealand. At www.safe­travel.govt. nz, you can also reg­is­ter your travel plans with us. Reg­is­ter­ing your de­tails means that we can find you in an emer­gency, check on your well-be­ing and send you im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion. It also means we can alert you to other de­vel­op­ments like an ap­proach­ing cy­clone or grow­ing civil un­rest. If you are reg­is­tered with us, we will look for you to make sure you are ok in the event of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter. Travel de­tails that are reg­is­tered with us are kept ab­so­lutely con­fi­den­tial and only used in an emer­gency. We strongly rec­om­mend that you get ap­pro­pri­ate travel in­sur­ance that cov­ers all the ac­tiv­i­ties you’re plan­ning to do. Check that wa­ter sports are specif­i­cally cov­ered, as some cover ex­empts risky ac­tiv­i­ties. Travel in­sur­ance pro­tects you and your fam­ily against un­ex­pected costs. For ex­am­ple, over­seas hospi­tal bills can quickly run into six fig­ures. If the worst hap­pens and you lose your life, the cost of bring­ing your body home will fall to your fam­ily and this too can be hugely ex­pen­sive. Ba­si­cally if you can’t af­ford travel in­sur­ance, you can’t af­ford to travel. Surf­ing is a great way to see the world. If you take the same ap­proach to trav­el­ing that you take to be­ing safe in the wa­ter, you give yourself the best chance of hav­ing a great trip and com­ing home safe.

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