on business to places you haven’t been before can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and there is much to consider.
As a business person
you are there on behalf of your company but safety and not business should be
your first priority.
Although your company may have done all the homework and researched the area you should double check to
ensure that you are travelling to a safe region or country. The stakes
of foreign travel are high and there is need for you to take concerted efforts
to protect yourself.
Even when travelling
to regions or countries that are considered safe, you still need to actively
protect yourself against several risks. Here is a list of 6 dos and 6 don’ts
of foreign travel:
DO your research- Safety, etiquette and culture differ from region to
region and it is best that you consult your embassy, consulate or internet
sources to know about a region’s security situation, culture and other
circumstances you are likely to encounter.
If you are UK based then the first place you should consult for travel
and safety tips and warnings is the Foreign Office. This link will take you
straight there https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
DO keep important documents in a safe place- Always keep your credit
cards, passport, ID, insurance policy, some emergency cash and a copy of your
airline ticket in a safe and secure place separate from the other luggage. You
should also leave a copy of these documents with a friend or relative at home.
DO be aware of what is going on around you and watch out for
distractions such as someone asking for directions or bumping into you.
DO label your luggage-It is important that you label your entire luggage
with your contact details and name both inside and out in case it is lost or
DO cater for a worst case scenario and have a safety plan- A safety plan
that includes having contact details of your nearest embassy or consulate and emergency
numbers of the local police and hospital. The safety plan also involves
updating your business partners, friends or family about your whereabouts in a
DON’T drive a rental car that has the company rental stickers all over
it. It is great advertising for them but it also advertises you as a tourist as
DON’T ever give anyone a lift unless you know them. Doing favours for
hitchhikers no matter what the circumstances is to be avoided.
DON’T take out large sums of cash in public- Large sums of cash attract
attention and expose you to risks. Always pay your bills with small sums of
cash. You should wear a money pouch/belt to carry your money instead of
carrying cash in your back pocket or wallet. A money pouch/belt is easy to hide
under a layer of clothes.
10. DON’T use your
smartphone in the street unless it is absolutely necessary.
11. DON’T walk or visit
unfamiliar, dimly-lit or isolated places. In addition, try to hold your business
meetings during the day and in company office or public places.
12. DON’T leave your
belongings unattended. You should also avoid storing your medicine, money or
other valuables in your luggage.
This list is by no
means exhaustive and a lot of it is common sense - foreign travel is
interesting as long as safety is your first priority. You can avoid risks by
being cautious, vigilant and self-aware having carried out your research and
prepared fully for your journey.
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discuss any aspect of travelling abroad on business with us please don’t
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