Travel Disasters – Would you be ready if you were caught up in one?

Today’s post was written by Michael Wade.

With natural disasters, political unrest and airline companies going out of business, travellers are more concerned than ever about things going wrong whilst they are away from home. Whilst sometimes there isn’t much you can do to safeguard yourself against some of these circumstances, there are some precautions you can take to avoid lumbering yourself with an uncomfortable night’s sleep on the chairs at terminal 2!

The best precaution you can take is to ensure you have adequate protection whilst you are away from home; there are hundreds of cheap travel insurance deals out there so it doesn’t have to cost you the earth to be covered. Always ensure you read the policy thoroughly and check with your provider to find out what exactly it is you are covered for.

Although a comprehensive travel insurance policy is probably the best precaution you can take against travel disasters, it is by no means the only one, preparation is also vital, doing your research into the weather of the country during the time of year you are visiting and informing yourself of the local laws and customs can also prove to be very useful. Its pays to have an understanding of the place you are visiting.

Common sense is also important in these situations, you would think it goes without saying but a lot of people take extra risks on holiday that they wouldn’t take at home. If you are exploring new places always tell someone where you are going, even if it is just the hotels receptionist, if you get lost and nobody knows that you were even missing, nobody will look for you.

Also keep documents safe, if in the event that they do get lost or stolen have a photocopy of your passport, it could speed things up when waiting in the embassy for your new passport.

When it comes to natural disasters, none of us can predict when and where the next one is going to strike, the only thing travellers can do to safeguard themselves is to be prepared. In the case of a tsunami or hurricane the hotel staff will be trained in what to do. Know where your meeting point would be in such an event; research what steps you should take and familiarise yourself with any alarm sounds that might be used.

Whilst an instance such as these are very rare it could mean the difference between life and death to know what steps need to be taken, take a few minutes out at the beginning of your stay to be prepared.

Prior research can also help to safeguard you against scam artists, nearly all cities have them and each specialise in their own unique way of parting you from your cash. The best way to research this is to look online, visit travel forums and ask other community members of their experiences in the destination you are travelling too. Keep your wits about you, more often than not if someone is asking for cash in an unusual situation it is a scam. Trust your instincts as they are usually right.

If you lose your passport whilst your away, the first thing you must do is find your nearest embassy, it pays to research this before you go as if travelling to more remote destinations you might not have easy internet access. Unfortunately there is no quick fix for this, if you lose your passport you are likely to be in for a long wait in a usually hot and stuffy embassy waiting room. Having photocopies of your passport and other ID can help to speed the process along.

If faced with any problems whilst travelling the best thing you can do is stay calm and be polite in these situations; you are far more likely to receive help faster if you are courteous to those helping you. Don’t panic and take advice from those employed at the hotels and travel companies as they are trained and probably have experience in any problem you are encountering. And lastly keep smiling, after all it is your holiday, try to regain any positive you can from it so all memories of your trip away are not of stress and worry.

One Response to “Travel Disasters – Would you be ready if you were caught up in one?”

  1. Nice article. I wish I had purchased travel insurance and prepared myself countless times.

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