Elite Club came up with the check list for travellers. Business or pleasure, travelling could be lots of fun but also it could be stressful. When you travel domestically or abroad its best to be aware of unexpected difficulties that may occur especially around holiday season. As we’ve seen in the past weather can cause severe travel disruptions, delays and uncomfortable conditions. Hence, for me, travel safety starts with planning a trip. Check the list before you are out of the door.
Around holiday season, amount of robberies and other criminal activities usually goes up because there are many people passing through busses, train stations and airports. The most important rule is not to engage with strangers and keep your eyes open, criminals are known to drug travellers or use spray sleeping gas. In many big cities thieves, scam artists, pickpockets, carjackers, and gang members use ingenious ploys. In order to protect yourself from violence or crime, you have to follow a few simple rules.
When you are in a foreign country you are subject to its laws, therefore, make sure you know what you can and cannot do in a particular country. For example, in Thailand, you cannot make indecent remarks against the king, it could result in a prison sentence. In many Middle Eastern countries even a small possession of illegal drugs could lead to arrest and in some cases even a death penalty. Some countries have strict control over what you can export out of a country. It could be items or animals of flora and fauna or rare antiques that are protected from leaving a country. It’s always best to know the rules before you break them unknowingly. When you are travelling abroad, I would recommend the following safety tips:
Make sure you know your country’s consulate contacts
Know how to use local telephone system
Review the legal expectations in the country
Understand how the rules work around prescription drugs and have enough with you for the duration of your trip
Learn about the climate and check the weather forecast