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Top tips for planning a safe holiday

Most of us spend the entire year looking forward to a relaxing holiday away from all the stresses of day to day life. The last thing you want is that holiday to add even more stress, or even endangering it. Here are a few important safety tips to take note of before you plan your next getaway.

Don’t leave things up to chance

Before travelling, it’s important that you have everything worked out before you leave; including where you will be staying and how you will be getting to your destination every step of the way. Figuring things out when you get there can be potentially dangerous and could leave you stranded in an unfamiliar setting.

Buy travel insurance

When travelling overseas, it’s always wise to get travel insurance. It’s largely inexpensive and will give you peace of mind when you travel. Most travel insurance will cover any trip cancellations, delays, medical emergencies and lost luggage.

Do your research

When visiting a place for the first time, it’s best to research what to expect when you get there. Get the lay of the land, know what areas to avoid and be aware of any particular cons or dangers inherent to the place you’re visiting.

It’s also helpful to have a Lonely Planet guide, as well as a map of the country you’re visiting. You should also be aware of local laws and cultural customs.

If you’re going to a place where people don’t speak your language, you should learn a few important phrases that will help you if you get lost or are in trouble.

Be safety conscious at all times

Don’t put yourself in vulnerable positions by walking around alone at night in a strange place. Also, be wary of trusting strangers – not every local may be wanting to help you – some are looking for money and access to your credit cards.

Airport safety

Always be as alert as possible in an airport. Keep an eye on your luggage and other belongings at all times and never leave them unattended.

Stay healthy

When travelling, you should always be prepared for any medical situations that may arise such as food poisoning or colds and flu. Make sure to pack any essential general medication that you may need.

It’s also wise to have a physical check-up with your doctor before you travel and get any vaccines you may possibly require for the specific country you’re visiting. You should also have local emergency services information at hand, such as contact numbers for an ambulance and police.

Safety tips while on holiday

Don’t carry all your cash, credit cards and passport with you wherever you go. Take whatever money you will need with you on a daily basis and keep the rest of your money, important documents and other valuables locked away in a safe at your hotel. You should also have a copy of every important document kept safe in a separate location from the originals, just in case.

Keep loved ones in the loop

Share your itinerary with family and friends back home and check-in with them when you arrive at your destination. It’s always a good idea for someone back home to know where you are and whether you’re safe at all times.

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Written by Taryn Hill

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