Holidays are an exciting time: you get to take a break from your day job, see a bunch of different and exciting sights, and meet plenty of new people.
However, in the lead-up to planning your holiday, you may have overlooked a key consideration: staying safe. It’s easy to forget about things like researching the options for insurance, or carefully scrutinising the city maps to pinpoint the local amenities in case you have trouble on your trip. As with any situation, it’s always better safe than sorry; take these easy tips on board and you’ll find yourself having a fun and safe holiday.
Always find out the emergency numbers for that area
If you are in a foreign city and don’t know the locals, one of the most important things you can do is find out the number of the local emergency services. No matter what situation you get in, it’s always helpful to know that if you need to, you can call 111, 911, or 000 and have somebody there to help you. While the cost of calling out emergency services isn’t always cheap, more often than not, some form of insurance will cover it.
Don’t venture somewhere you can’t get back from
It’s easy to get into the mentality of “I’m on holiday! I don’t care!”, but you should always remember: holidays don’t mean you’re invincible! Make sure that you don’t wind up in a suburb in the outskirts of town with no way back to your accommodation, and don’t go anywhere or do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. After all, your travel insurance, Australia, covers bug bites and lost luggage – not cab fares for getting lost in Dubbo!
Tell someone where you are as often as possible
If you’re travelling in a group, this is easy; if you’re travelling alone, it is a bit harder. If you don’t know any locals, speak to the concierge at the hotel or hostel where you are staying and mention where you are planning to go that day. Alternatively, try to keep in touch with your friends and family back home and give them an approximation of your itinerary so they know what your plans are – this way, if you get into trouble, there are people who know where to look to try and find you.
Carry a map at all times
It may seem like a simple one, but a map can be a lifesaver in many situations. If you can’t lug around a guidebook of the city, try to carry a small city map – you can find one in most tourist and information centres in major cities.
Your safety is an important consideration when you’re on holiday. Remember: even the littlest things count, and remembering these tips could spare you mountains of headache later!
Amanda Gilles is a traveller who loves exploring new sights and scenes. She’s currently planning her next travelling adventure to Barcelona and Rome. Guest post brought to you by Insure and Go