Travelling abroad is an exciting opportunity to immerse in to new cultures, meet new and fascinating people, plus create memories that will last forever.

And while having fun is paramount,  so too is staying safe when travelling abroad. That’s why we have compiled a list of safety tips specifically aimed at young travellers.

Pre-Travel Preparation

  1. Book with a Travel Agent

Booking with a travel agent can provide you with a 24-hour contact number if any issues arise during your trip. This extra support can be invaluable when you’re far from home and need assistance.

2. Get an EHIC Card

Make sure you have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). While it doesn’t replace travel insurance, it entitles you to the same public hospital care abroad as you would receive at home.

3. Don’t Skimp on Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is crucial. It covers you if you fall ill before your trip and need to cancel, and it protects you and your immediate family if anything happens while you’re away. Everyone thinks they don’t need it until they do – better safe than sorry!

4. Use AirTags on Your Bags for Easy Tracking

This can be particularly useful if your luggage gets lost or stolen.

5. Keep Documents Safe

Make sure your passport is up to date and if not, the quickest way is to order online.  Keep a photocopy of it in a separate bag from your actual passport and leave a copy with someone at home.  Having a backup copy can save you a lot of trouble if the original gets lost or stolen. Consider storing important documents in a safety deposit box at your accommodation.

6. Arrange Transfers

Arrange a transfer on arrival, especially if you’re arriving late at night. It’s a safer option than finding your own way in an unfamiliar location

At Your Destination

  1. Swim Safety Tips 

It’s exciting, there’s a pool or an azure-coloured sea calling out to you.  But before you dive into that pool, check the depth first.  And if there is a ‘No Diving ‘sign, don’t ignore it.  When it comes to entering the sea, pay attention to the flags posted on the beach.  Also, know the signs for a rip-current and what to do if you find yourself caught in one.

  1. Stick Together

If you’re travelling with a group, try to stick together or at least in pairs, especially at night. Buddies can look out for each other and enhance your safety.

  1. Drink Responsibly

You know the drill on this one already – never leave a drink unattended in a bar or club.  Plus, put a pact in place that no one leaves alone to ensure you all get home safely.  Avoid balconies and swimming pools if there’s been too much drinking.

  1. Stay Connected

Leave your phone’s location service on so your friends can see where you are. It’s an easy way to ensure everyone stays safe and can find each other if separated.

  1. Be Money Smart

Limit the amount of cash you carry – you’re only insured to carry up to €250. Use cards like Revolut instead of cash. If you are robbed, report it to the police immediately to make an insurance claim and stop any cards via your banking app.

  1. Use Your Common Sense

Just as you would at home, avoid dodgy, dark, unlit areas, especially when carrying cash or valuables. Leave any high-value items like designer clothes and expensive jewellery at home – they are often not covered by travel insurance anyway.

Medical Emergency

  1. Ask for Help

If you have a medical issue, ask for help at your accommodation’s reception desk or take a taxi to the nearest clinic or hospital.

  1. Have Your Documents Ready 

You’ll be asked for an EHIC card and travel insurance details, so have them handy.

  1. Paying for Care  

For minor issues, you can pay locally and claim it back later; for larger issues, call the insurance company’s emergency number and get their instructions

  1.  Early Return Arrangements

If you need to return home early, contact your travel agent or insurance provider and they will assist with arrangements.  Doing it this way, means you minimise later issues around making a claim for costs

 

And finally, travelling abroad is an incredible experience, and with a little preparation, awareness, and common sense, your trip will be memorable for all the right reasons.