Travel safety tips

Being well-prepared for your trip will help to prevent many problems. The more you know about your destination, the safer your journey will be. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has drawn up a number of handy travel safety tips. The five most important ones are summarised below.

Be aware
Before you leave, make sure that you are aware of local laws, cultural norms and health facilities. You may need to adjust your clothes and behaviour to suit the local culture. Especially women travelling to Muslim countries need to take this into account.

Vaccinations and medication
Ask a physician in advance about any vaccinations that may be required and make sure you have sufficient medication for your trip. Certain medicines will not be available in all countries.

Don’t forget your travel insurance!
Unfortunately, accidents happen. Make sure you have the name and contact details of your local business contact before the start of your trip, so that you know who to contact in the event of an emergency.

Luggage tips
Secure your luggage and carry it as close to your body as possible, leaving at least one hand free. Leave valuables at home to prevent theft or leave them behind in a safe at your hotel or apartment. Finally, never carry other people’s luggage through security.

Trust your instincts
If you feel uncomfortable in a certain environment or with certain people, do not hesitate to move away. The same goes for your hotel room. If you sense something is wrong (e.g., if you can’t lock your door), don’t be afraid to ask for another room.

Source: GBTA

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