Holiday safety ti ps
If you’re holidaying solo with your child, you may want to take these precautions:
1 Use only small-denomination banknotes.
Large-denomination ones will only draw unnecessary attention to yourself, and make you a target for thieves and pickpockets.
2 Have copies of your IC and travel documents handy.
Instead of photocopying these and carrying them around, scan them and e-mail the images to yourself. That way, if you lose your ID, credit cards and travel documents, you’ll still be able to prove your identity. It’ll also make it easier for you to replace your passport, cancel your cards and make a police report.
3 Buy travel insurance, no matter how tight your budget.
“My insurance company really came through for me when I was stuck in France,” Victoria says.
4 Have an emergency cash stash.
Hide the money in your bra, an old lipstick tube, or secret pockets sewn into your jeans or top. If you get robbed, you’ll at least still have some cash on you.
5 Bring as little cash as possible.
Prepay your accommodation and any tickets you need – for day tours, train rides, places of interest and the like – and use your credit card for meals and shopping.
6 Consider your dining options.
Pick hotels with room service or those that are within short walking distance of places where you can buy food. In the event that you and your child get hungry at night, you don’t have to wander around dark streets looking for food.
7 Avoid crowded venues and events.
Don’t put yourself in a position where you’re vulnerable to pickpockets.