Spotting and being aware of danger while travelling
Travelling is both exciting and scary. It is important you know how to spot and be aware of danger while travelling. From doing prior research, knowing what to look out for, and what to do if you encounter danger while travelling are all important steps to know how to handle.
Consulting online websites and directories to know what you may encounter in your travel destination is not enough. You need to be able to pick up what is happening in your current situation, if it were to happen, and know how to handle it. Failing to act during dangerous times overseas could lead to an outcome unfavourable to you or harm.
Being aware of danger while travelling
To be aware of danger while travelling, it is a good idea to do research about your destinations before you arrive. You can do research online on the internet, talk to people that have visited the destination before, consult government departments, and this will all help in building awareness. The objective is to build awareness so that you have an idea of what to expect. However, note this will be a rough idea as no one can know what will occur.
It is also important you have travel and medical insurance before you travel. I expand on the topic of insurance at the bottom of this article.
Spotting danger while travelling
Spotting danger while travelling the world or to another country requires you be aware and careful. Some things to look out for include:
- Being offered free items or free samples
- Persons who come up to you and begin asking person questions
- High crime areas
- Persons affected by drugs or alcohol
- Deals that seem too good to be true (exercise your own judgment about what is too good to be true)
- Dark areas
- Unsafe public transport
Remain vigilant when spotting danger while travelling abroad or to different cities. Anything could happen at any moment. Avoid falling asleep in vehicles and public transport. It is important you know who and what number to call in times of need as soon as possible. Know how to get hold of emergency services as soon as possible.
What to do if you spot or become aware of danger while travelling
If you spot or become aware of danger while travelling, as mentioned above it is important you know who and how to call for help if required. If you become subject to a hostage situation, violence or serious threats, it is advisable that you do not fight back. If you are subject robbery, it is better not to risk your life, and to hand over your possessions.
Coming back to the aspect of insurance. Due to uncertainty and to mitigate risk that could arise in the face of danger while travelling, always have travel and medical insurance before you travel. This will ensure you are covered shall an unforeseen event occur. Understand your insurance policies and what they will and will not cover. This will help you avoid situations where your unlikely to have insurance coverage.
It is always advisable you opt for a full coverage insurance policy. Depending on your length and destinations of travel, if you are not in a good financial position, seek to obtain the best policy you can afford.