Travel Safety

Before you go traveling, educate yourself on diseases and general health problems that may be common at your destination. Find out what preventive measures you can take now to ensure a healthy adventure.


Not Taken: Safety Tips for Travelers

     
  • Make sure someone knows your itinerary & keep him/her posted on social media.
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  • Do not keep your credit cards and cash in the same place. Keep some in your luggage, some in your wallet, and some in a hotel safe (if available).
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  • Do not take shortcuts! Stick to the well-lit and populated streets you know. Download a travel guide, like the app mTrip (it works offline!), to keep you on the straight and narrow.
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  • Only use official taxis, and do not share one with a stranger!
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  • Avoid PDAs (Public Displays of Affluence). Don’t flaunt jewelry, expensive gear (like cameras), or cash.
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  • Stay alert in crowded areas, and hold on to your zipped bags at all times!
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  • Give it up! If you are mugged, just give up your possessions. It’s better than risking your life.
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  • If you’re adventuring, make sure your guide has a license, legitimate qualifications, and a good safety record.
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  • Do not pet stray animals or feed the monkeys. They may be cute, but they also may have rabies and large teeth!

Sources: LonelyPlanet.com, GoOverseas.com


Travel & Health Insurance Guide

Basic travel policies should include coverage of:

     
  • Flight delays/disruptions
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  • Lost/stolen luggage
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  • Basic medical expenses (evacuation & emergency treatment of injuries/illness)

Based on your itinerary and current health, make sure your plan also covers:

     
  • Injuries from sport/adventure activities
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  • Pre-existing medical conditions
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  • Injuries obtained while under the influence of alcohol
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  • Cancellation for any reason

 

Most importantly, read the fine print!

Find out what the claims process is and how to contact the provider while abroad.