Traveling even to the store can be frightening and exciting at the same time. It does not really matter what your destination is as you always have to think about safety. Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General of IRU, gives us some essential, common sense safety tips that will make anyone’s journey a lot happier and safer.
Sensibly Select Ground Transportation
Whenever you want to take a bus or a taxi, you want to be sure that you check companies in order to be sure that the chosen transportation mode is as safe as it should be. It is always a good idea to avoid traveling in a less reliable transportation option like the rickshaw. If you are the person that is driving and you have to rent a vehicle, be sure that it is functioning properly before you take it out. At the same time, you want to check the rental company to be sure everything is as legal as it should be.
Government Department Checks
You should be aware of the fact that a lot of safety information can be gathered from state departments in practically all countries from around the world. There is always a website that will offer highly accurate details, no matter what you visit. The information you get is varied, including details about vaccinations, crime and travel warnings. In some cases you can also register in order to learn about possible civil unrest or natural disasters.
Plan Routes In Advance
If you have to stay at a hotel, you definitely want to be able to move around. However, in many cases you cannot properly plan routes if you are already there. You want to be sure that you plan all possible routes in advance so you can be sure that you know how to get from one place to the next while opting just for safe transport options. Also, as an extra tip, be sure that you never flaunt jewelry or cash when you are in a place you do not know.
Leave Emergency Contacts
When you are somewhere else, not at home, even when you are just out on a vacation that is aimed to relax you, it is a good idea to leave an emergency contact, just in case something bad happens. The more information you can offer, the easier it will be for people to reach you. Be sure that you leave your details with trusted family members or friends. From time to time, contact the person that you trust to be sure all is perfect at home. This allows you not to worry about home and enjoy your time more.
Scan Important Documents
If you travel anywhere you want to scan your identification card, driving license card and passport. The scans can easily be printed so you have copies on you at all times or be emailed so you can access with a smartphone. By doing this you can leave the passport in a safer place as you show copies to those that require them, like law enforcement.