Travel safety tips to pack with you wherever you go
Summer is THE time for getting out and about; people travel far more in the summer months than they do any other time of the year. But in all that holiday excitement, it’s easy to forget about the boring yet essential health and safety that’s involved in travelling, no matter where you are or how you’re getting around. It doesn’t matter if you’re just round the corner from home or on the other side of the world, it always pays to stay safe. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got your back.
Reviews, reviews, reviews
Travel safety starts before you even go anywhere. If you are travelling away from home and need a place to stay, make sure you do enough crowdsourcing first to make sure the hotel or hostel is OK. Sites like TripAdvisor are great for this, make sure you read loads of reviews before you even think about booking so that you can be sure the area and the hotel itself are safe and secure.
Use licensed transport
Whether you’re back here in England or travelling abroad, making sure you’re travelling with a real, licensed company is vital. Don’t hop into any unmarked taxis, onto the back of any motorbikes or into any other, potentially false, transport scenarios. Pre-booking with a company like City Cabs will ensure you’re always getting into a licensed and safe taxi.
As an added precaution you can also take a picture of the taxi number plate before you get in. That way if you notice you’re going off track or if you leave something important it will be much easier to track down. With the age of technology, you can also use Google maps to track the progress of your journey, so you’ll know immediately if you start to wander off course.
Make sure someone knows where you are
It’s always best to travel with someone (preferably someone you know and trust), but for those moments when you do find yourself travelling alone make sure someone knows where you are and where you plan to be next. Give someone back home an itinerary and call them regularly to let them know you’re OK. If the calls stop, they’ll know something’s up.
For cases when it’s late or there’s a time difference you can always schedule fake phone calls. If you’re in the back of a taxi for instance, ‘call’ your friend and let them know you’ll be home soon or that you’ll be meeting them shortly.
Guard your valuables
This might seem obvious but it can easily get forgotten in the heat of the moment. Make sure you use any lockers hotels/ hostels might have; invest in a slash-proof bag; make sure your bag is securely fastened; have digital copies of all of your important documents (passport, boarding cards, bookings, emergency phone numbers) stored digitally on DropBox or something similar. All of these things will make sure you’re not left high and dry, without the essentials.
Act like a local
This one goes without saying. Ensure that you know where you’re going before you go out wandering; if you look lost, you’re an easy target. If you do find yourself needing to consult a map seek out a friendly space like a shop or café where you can get your bearings without looking vulnerable.
Another tip is to pack light. Wheeling around 4 suitcases is a sure-fire way to get yourself noticed as a tourist and potential target.
Trust your instincts and keep your wits about you
The number one rule, wherever you are, is to get street smart. Trust your instincts and realise when something feels wrong, more often than not, it probably is. Don’t let yourself be distracted by pickpockets and groups who are out to target you, stay focused at all times. Whilst enjoying yourself, of course.
At City Cabs, we want to make sure you get from A to B without a hitch. All of our drivers and taxis are fully licensed so you can rest assured you’re travelling safely. To book with us call 01273 55 55 55