Checking the Safety of a Destination Before you Travel

One of the biggest worries we tend to have about travelling is safety. If you can be sure that the place you are travelling to is relatively safe and you know how to protect yourself, this will take away a lot of the stress of travelling for you. It’s always a good idea to check government advice before you travel anywhere. Even if you are just going to somewhere close by, for example, a city in Europe, check what the government travel advice is. You may find out something that you didn’t previously know about your destination. It’s also important for insurance purposes – if you travel to somewhere that is not advised by the government as being safe, your policy might well not cover you. Generally, the best travel... Read More »

Stay Safe in Buenos Aires

Argentina is known to be a hotspot for theft. The most common crimes are distraction theft, bag snatching, pick pocketing and armed robberies. Take particular care in restaurants and internet cafes, on public transport and in bus and train terminals. Keep a close eye on your personal possessions at all times. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery. Leave your passport in a hotel safe and keep a photocopy of the details page with you at all times. Avoid isolated or poorly lit areas at night. Thieves have been known to rob tourists while an accomplice pretends to help remove ketchup or mustard that has been ‘accidentally’ sprayed on them. There have also been reports of thieves posing as hotel guests and snatching bags while tourists are checking... Read More »

Essential Foreign Travel Advice

By and large, there’s nothing inherently dangerous about travelling abroad. In most places you’re likely to visit, you’re no more at risk of crime or injury than you would be at home. Nevertheless, when the unfortunate does occur, it can often be much more stressful if it happens when you’re away from home and in unfamiliar surroundings. With that in mind, here are a few pieces of general foreign travel advice for making sure that you’re as safe as possible while on holiday: Securing your luggage: One of the biggest areas of risk when you’re abroad, keeping your luggage safe and secure is essential for any traveller – whether you’re backpacking across Asia or staying at a caravan park in France, losing your luggage can be disastrous. One simple step... Read More »

Travelling Safe Whilst in Barbados

Travelling in Barbados shouldn’t prove too difficult. Driving is on the left. To drive on the island you must get a local temporary driving licence. The car hire companies will usually help with this. You must present a valid UK driving licence, so make sure to bring it with you. Take care when driving on the roads as there can be potholes and speed bumps. Observe the speed limits. You should take extra care on minor roads and in rural areas where there are narrow roads and blind corners. Pedestrians often walk on the roads and indicators are not always used. Don’t stop if you’re flagged down by pedestrians. Keep car doors locked when driving. Don’t place personal belongings and valuables where they can be easily reached and consider putting... Read More »

Snorkelling Abroad

Are you considering snorkelling abroad? Why not? It’s definitely a fun activity and that’s what holidays are all about. Here are five top tips when snorkelling.   Never dive alone – We recommend minimum snorkelling party is 3; a buddy pair to lookout for each other in the water and a shore lookout. Get Fit – By getting fit you will not only be able to enjoy your Snorkelling better, but also be safer Train with a recognised training scheme – The BSAC’s Snorkelling syllabus is a progressive training course to help people build skills and technique and enjoy the sea safely. Check your equipment – A strap breaking on a fin, a badly fitting mask or a leaking snorkel valve while you’re at sea can all cause problems and... Read More »