3 ways to avoid DISASTER on your travels


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October 31st 2018
Published: October 31st 2018
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Idling on a street corner in Pyongyang…

…wandering La Rambla, Barcelona, through throngs of tourists…

…traversing the hot white sands of Saudi Arabia as the sun burns your forehead…

…Staring at the spire of Sacre Coeur from your vantage point at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris…

All of these situations may appear disparate and unconnected, but they have at least one thing in common…

They could all turn awry at any second.

And this isn’t Daily Mail-style scaremongering – if you’re traversing foreign country, you have to be aware of the dangers that abound to unwary travellers.

Pickpockets are a known threat on La Rambla, con artists work the streets around Sacre Coeur and who knows what could happen in a lonely looking desert.

None of this means you can’t enjoy your holiday to its fullest. By all means, shrug off your cares, hit the beach, relax with a crime thriller and post #Holiday selfies on Instagram.

But before you do any of this, we’d recommend a note of caution – do these three things before you travel and you’ll be able to catch a flight without worry.

Purchase travel insurance

Here’s a semi-fictional story about a man, who may or may not be the writer of this article, roaming the streets of Barcelona alone and unafraid.

It was night-time and, after a few strong drinks in a Venezuelan bar, this man decided to cut through the Gothic Quarter instead of the brightly lit streets elsewhere. He swiftly regretted this decision when three men jumped him and stole his wallet, travel bag and mobile phone.

As he wandered back to his hotel with his pockets turned out like a Chaplin Tramp, he realised one thing – he had no travel insurance and no way to claim back his lost goods.

If you’re holidaying for less than two weeks, travel insurance is a cheap, cheerful and vital purchase.

Seek legal counsel

Travelling for a long time doesn’t only leave you vulnerable to pickpockets – it could also confuse the taxman back home.

This is only one risk but it’s important to sort out your affairs BEFORE you trot the globe.

If you want to ensure that you’ve crossed your Ts and dotted your Is, we’d recommend you visit a solicitors firm like Switalskis to discuss your travel arrangements and make sure you’re not heading somewhere requiring a special visa.

We’d also recommend you contact your bank before you head on your hols – no one wants their account frozen when they travel abroad.

Buy the right kit

You wouldn’t go hiking without the right boots – so why would you head to a foreign country without having the right kit in your luggage?

Purchase a special wallet for your passport and travel documents, a bag that’s secure enough to dissuade pickpockets, and a cheap extra mobile phone that can be used abroad.

That way, you’ll be safe, sound and ready to enjoy your holiday.

Those are our tips! Got any of your own? Then let us know in the comments below

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