Coach travel is statistically the safest way to travel by road. By choosing to travel on a coach, you are statistically far less likely to be involved in any kind of accident or incident. But coach travel is safer in another way too. Unlike trains which can only take you from station to station, coaches on the other hand can take you much nearer to your destination, door to door in many cases.
However you choose to do your business travel though, it is essential that you look after yourself and ensure that you keep yourself safe. Below we take a look at 10 top travel tips to ensure you stay safe and sound on your next business trip.
1 – Secure your home. Before you go, it is of utmost importance to ensure your home is left safe and secure. Use timers on lights, redirect mail if need be, and have someone check in on the place from time to time if at all possible.
2 – Leave your travel information. Leave a copy of your travel information, flight times, hotel reservations and trip itinerary with a family member, friend or colleague. Arrange to check in with this person on a daily basis so you have someone who is looking out for you.
3 – Book a hotel with a good reputation. As well as having good security, the hotel should have accessible fire exits and working smoke alarms. It is also a good idea to use the hotel concierge for travel arrangements if you are in a strange place, they will know the best ways to get around, as well as advise you of the pitfalls.
4 – Dress appropriately. This means that in modest countries a dress code should be followed, as well as in other places not drawing attention to yourself with flashy clothes. Women should wear sensible footwear when going out so they aren’t too vulnerable should they need to run.
5 – Don’t wear a backpack. A backpack is a giveaway that you are a tourist, but also it is extremely easy to pickpocket from. A money belt of cross body bag is a much safer option for carrying money, cards and documents.
6 – Carry a personal alarm. This is extremely useful in not only alerting others around you should you find yourself in trouble, but it is likely to scare off any thief or attacker in action by drawing attention.
7 – Bring copies of documents. It is always a sensible option to bring a photocopy of your passport and any travel documents with you, keeping them in a completely different place to the originals. In case of loss or theft of the originals, these will prove helpful.
8 – Don’t befriend strangers, or give out your room number. When you are travelling you open yourself up to strangers, and not all will be who they might seem. It is advisable to keep your guard up and always arrange to meet people in well lit, busy public spaces.
9 – Don’t drink excessive alcohol. Those who have had too much to drink will be vulnerable and open themselves up to those who might take advantage. It is always best to keep in control of yourself, and not to appear an easy target.
10 – Keep a charged mobile phone about your person. This is a sensible thing to do no matter where you are. You can get cheap pay-as-you-go phones to use temporarily, so it does not appear desirable to others. This will enable you to phone your hotel, call a cab, contact a colleague, or if need be the emergency services.