Should Women Travellers Take Extra Care When Abroad?

By: Keith McGregor

When checking into hotels, use only a first initial. Don’t use a title such as Ms, Mrs or Miss. Never leave a key where someone can note your room number. Don’t leave your window open if your room is on the ground floor and use a door wedge on the inside of your hotel room door for extra security. Be careful about opening your door to anyone – if in doubt check with reception.
When travelling around, the key is to act confidently. Wearing
dark glasses can boost confidence and think about how your clothing will fit
in with local customs and attitudes. If travelling alone, you may attract
unwelcome attention and you may receive unwanted propositions or remarks.

It
is best just to ignore them. Never accept car rides from strangers or
hitchhike and if possible try and double up with someone you know when
travelling by taxi. Always pack your own baggage and never leave it
unattended. Never carry packages or anything else through customs for other
people.
Try and stay in touch. Keep your family and friends aware of
your plans and leave a copy of your itinerary, passport, travel insurance documents and credit cards with someone at
home. It is worthwhile taking a copy of these with you when travelling and
keep separate from the originals. Once abroad, e-mail or telephone home
regularly. Carry a list of British Consular offices in the countries you plan
to visit, travel
insurance
companies normally provide a list or information
on what to expect from them.
Don’t forget to check out the latest travel advice from the FCO before you go and find out about the culture and customs of the countries you
will be visiting. And why not take a look at the travel advice section on the www.travelandinsure.com website which contains easy to read advice on the support you will probably
receive from embassies and consulates worldwide should you get into
difficulty.

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