Travel Safety Tips for International Travel
Travelling is a passion for many Canadians and planes are boarded every day with vacationers hoping to embark on a “trip of a lifetime.” In fact, Canadians made 32.3 million overnight trips outside the country in 2015, of which 82% were for leisure. For the majority of those travellers, they return home without experiencing a serious incident. However, the news headlines continue to remind us all that dangerous situations exist for tourists both at home and abroad. In this post, we’ll review some travel safety tips to help you return home happy and healthy!
Registration of Canadian Abroad
You may not be familiar with it, but Registration of Canadians Abroad is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a national disaster or civil unrest.
Consider Your Medication Before Travel
If you require medication for a legitimate medical condition, you may be surprised to find out that drugs that are legal and readily available in Canada are considered illegal, require a prescription, or may be deemed suspicious among local officials and customs and immigration authorities. The Government of Canada advises travellers with medication to contact the foreign government offices accredited to Canada of the country you plan to visit to confirm the status of your medication. Additionally, keep the following important tips from the Government of Canada in mind before you depart for your vacation:
- Carry a copy of the original prescription and ensure that both the generic and trade names of the medication are included in case of loss or theft. A doctor’s note describing why you are taking the medication is also recommended.
- Pack all medications in your carry-on baggage in their original, labelled containers to facilitate airport security and customs screening.
- Pack an extra supply of medication in case you’re away longer than expected.
- Do not buy medication outside of Canada unless you’ve been advised from a health care professional.
It’s always preferable to choose lodging that has unmarked swipe cards rather than numbered keys for each room. That way, if the key is lost or stolen, it won’t be as easily identifiable to a thief. Another important safety tip to remember when you’ve checked-in is to inspect all locks on doors leading into your room. It’s not uncommon to miss a broken patio door, which allows for easy access for thieves.
One of the most rewarding experiences of travelling abroad is meeting people from all around the world. Fellow tourists often like to mix and mingle, but meeting any traveller you aren’t familiar with in a hotel lobby or other public space, not your hotel room, is strongly advised.
Watch What And Where You Eat and Drink
Many tourists look forward to indulging in local cuisine during a trip abroad, but it’s important to keep in mind that food and beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, or a virus are the most common cause of illness among travellers.
An advantage of a guided vacation from a reputable tour operator is that the Tour Director will be knowledgeable about the local hidden treasures while keeping your health and safety in mind.
Don’t Go Out Alone
It’s often said that “there’s safety in numbers,” and this is true when travelling abroad. It’s best practice as a tourist to explore alongside other people, especially for women. If you must sightsee alone, make sure a few people know where you’re headed and what time you’re expected to return.
Leave Your Valuables at Home
It’s always advisable not to flash your wealth – you’ll be seen as a target. It’s best to leave your valuable jewellery at home unless you plan to wear it all the time.
One of the best ways to ensure your safety is top of mind and have peace of mind when you’re travelling in unfamiliar territory is to book a with a professional tour company familiar with the area. FarCloser Travel is here to help you discover the opportunities that best match your needs.
About FarCloser Travel
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