Travelling safely is key to enjoying the travel, and with a little preparation you can reduce the likelihood of returning with anything more than a suntan, some tacky souvenirs and great memories (and minimise the stress!). Sound good? Here's how: -
Medical - Check and get your immunisations well in advance of travel, some vaccinations require multiple applications months in advance. Ensure you have all medication well in advance and enough for the duration of the trip. Check that medication is legal in your transit and destination countries.
Documents - Check all of your documentation well in advance - Ensure you have valid documents such as passport, visa, medical insurance, immunisation records, medical information, drivers license. Take three hard copies of each. One set with you when you travel, one at home, one at your office. Ensure you keep all copies securely at all times.
Contact Details - Always have the contact details of your host, organiser, driver, executive protection team leader, hotel (Always carry a hotel business card with you), and local embassy/consulate.
Pick Up - If you're being picked up get the driver details in advance. This should include a picture of the drive, vehicle license number, you could also arrange a unique phrase to ensure the driver is legitimate, if in doubt do not leave the airport.
Communications - Check your phone will work at your destination prior to travelling, obtain a local sim for lower call charges.
Taxi - Only use registered taxis, and do not accept the taxi offered to you as you leave the terminal and always check the taxi is legitimate.
Laptop - Always keep your belongings in view and secure at all times. Don't leave you laptop, phone even for a moment, even if it is still there when you return it could have been compromised.
Privacy - When using a laptop or phone ensure people are unable to look over your shoulder. Do not use public WIFI for things that are private like banking, or company sensitive information (if you want it to remain private...)
Routines - Avoid any routines related to time, place or route - especially in high crime or high risk areas. Ensure your host or organiser knows when and where you're going and what time you will be back.
Followed - Never challenge anyone if you believe that you are being followed, don't tip them off. Instead move to a public location ideally with a lot of people and where there are capable guardians (police, military, security or other officials). Memorise and report any specifics to your host, or local law enforcement.
Safe travels, and if you require independent advice, training or support for personal or business travel please do get in contact.