Dos and Don'ts When Travelling Abroad in 2018

With 2018 getting nearer and nearer, it's easy to get excited by the prospects of traveling abroad and spending some well-earned quality time with the family or developing new business contacts and opening new markets.


However, before you let the excitement cloud your judgment, there are a few things you must look out for to ensure your safety when traveling.

Here are the Dos and Don'ts when traveling abroad in 2018:


Exchange your money at the airport. They will rip you off and you probably won't need all the money right away anyway.

Be obvious when driving a rental car. When traveling abroad, looking like a tourist can attract the wrong crowd. So keep all maps and brochures out of sight.

Travel without international medical insurance. Anything can happen during your trip and if you're not prepared an adventure can turn sour pretty quickly.

Walk with a bag, purse or mobile phone in your hand. Thieves can snatch it easily and run away before you even find out what happened.

Keep your cash, credit cards, jewellery, and other valuable possessions in your luggage, and never leave your luggage too far.

Carry your passport or large sums of cash in your pockets. You'd be surprised how easily a pickpocketer can go through a tourist's pockets without raising any suspicions.

Go shopping without a trusted local in countries with a weaker currency than yours. Merchants can spot a tourist a mile away and raise their prices accordingly.

Walk through unfamiliar locations, isolated, or poorly lighted areas at night since these places are where tourists are more likely to get mugged.


Travel in groups. There is safety in numbers and meeting other fellow travelers can make your stay even more exciting.

Check that your credit card works in your country of destination. Many banks abroad now use EMV technology. So if you're still using a magnetic-strip card you might have to carry more cash with you.

Be aware of any man-made distractions, like somebody asking you for a cigarette, spilling a drink at you, or being noisy all of a sudden. These are all common tactics used by pickpocketers to rob tourists while they are looking the other way.

Make copies of your passport. If it gets stolen or lost you're going to have a hard time coming back home. Take several copies, leave one at home and bring another one with you.

Use luggage straps to stop thieves from quickly taking something out while you're not looking. Also, keep your money, passport, and credit cards in a travel wallet and put it in a place where it is easy to see but difficult to steal.

Get an updated guidebook. If anything, guidebooks are filled with detailed maps that will help you get where you want without having to ask a complete stranger for addresses.

Decide whether to check your bag or not. Every airline has their own guidelines, so make sure that you do your research first and then you won't have to pay any incremental fees later.

Keep your vehicle's door locked and your windows rolled up while you're driving. This will prevent thieves from quickly reaching inside your car and snatching any valuable at hand while you're waiting in traffic.


Take all this advice and you will avoid unnecessary upset.


Mayfair, we care.

Where in the World is it safe to travel?

Security and personal safety are among the most critical factors to keep in mind when travelling abroad whether for work or leisure.

According to the latest Global Peace Index report the world, since 2009, has turned into a more dangerous place. With a continually worsening atmosphere developing across the globe in recent times, we looked at the safest places there to live or to travel on business.

In identifying the list of the safest destinations for travel, this article refers to the comprehensive report called Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 courtesy of The World Economic Forum who have ranked destinations on the basis of their security and safety.

There are various criteria used to assess the safety of a nation with the obvious one being terrorism incidence index.

All nations with a high percentile score (95 %+) tied as boasting the least occurrences of terrorism. The criteria also include factors such as the overall cost terrorism has on businesses as well as the cost of violence and crime on these same business ventures.

Luckily, ‘secure’ and ‘safe' doesn't necessarily mean boring! Here are are the five nations that ranked top on account of being secure and safe for travel.

# 5 Denmark

While Scandinavia makes the list of the safest areas to travel to with Sweden and Norway among the favourites, it is Denmark that beats all the odds with a high GPI score (1.337). Referred to as the Happiest Nation, this southernmost Nordic nation features amazing amusement parks, world-class museums and a plethora of historic architecture designed to make business travel or holidays a delight.

# 4 Austria

Surrounded by at least three other nations that have a respectable GPI score regarding safety, it is safe to say that Austria is ideally nestled in a perfectly safe haven amidst the continually erupting terrorism and safety concerns in Europe with a decent GPI score(1.265).

While you are here, you can take yourself off to visit Vienna for typical Old World allure and a significant dose of tradition and culture.

# 3 Portugal

A relatively overlooked nation, Portugal boasts some of the most beautiful castles in Europe, not to mention Instagram-worthy sunsets and incredible cuisine!

It has a 1.258 GPI score which only serves to add to its characteristic lustre. If your business trip or holiday includes Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, then get ready to enjoy the excitement and pleasure that comes with exploring a spectacular blend of modern wonders and ancient sites.

# 2 New Zealand

Home to incredible wildlife and breathtaking views, and with a 1.241 GPI, New Zealand can only be best named the Middle-earth modern mecca for any adventure junky. Once you are here, be sure to visit Queenstown right at the South Island for a taste of great activities set to inspire your stay.

# 1 Iceland

For several consecutive years now, Iceland has dominated the headlines as the ‘most peaceful nation on the entire planet.'

This small island nation located in the heart of North Atlantic Ocean scores particularly high for its low population and strategic location. With an impressive GPI score of 1.111, Iceland's supremacy as a haven is unchallenged. With an outstanding capital city and breath taking landscapes, this nation is as gorgeous as is safe.


Undeniably in today’s world, no city, town or region is immune from dangers. As such, it is up to you to pay close attention to any visible indicators of insecurity that can compromise personal safety. While this list of destinations only serves as a guide, you should exercise caution when setting out to a new place whether for official business or leisure.

And remember, Mayfair cares.

Overseas Travel Today

Although in general we all get excited about a trip, nothing compares to the excitement of planning and preparing for a trip abroad whether it is for business or pleasure. 

Thoughts of meeting new people, learning new cultures, disconnecting from the normal activities and scenery you are used to may result in you packing your bags without thinking of some important details. 

That said, take some time out to carefully plan for your trip taking into consideration the essential things you require since proper planning will help ensure that your trip begins and ends smoothly. 

If this is the first time you are traveling abroad, or even if you just require a refresher, here are some top considerations to make when traveling abroad for business or pleasure together with a number of ways on how you can do research for the safety of a destination in today's increasingly dangerous world.

Top Considerations

Double check requirements for Visa and Passport:

It may appear like a simple matter but carefully doing research relative to passports and visas can significantly save you both trouble and time.

For a first time passport applier, give yourself a period of four to six weeks to acquire it. In some countries, the regulations are stricter and a plane ticket and a passport may do for you. Nonetheless, prevention is always better than cure and as such, ensure that you have this aspect handled before you travel.

Map Out Important Locations:

On arrival to your destination, the hustle of locating your hotel and other important places may seem like a forever task especially due to fatigue if the journey was very long. 

Familiarise yourself with key areas before boarding and lucky for you, we are in the Smartphone era where traveling has been made easier through GPS and travel Apps. As such, everything should be simpler when you arrive and and pick up transport or a hire car

Review Travel Warnings and Alerts

It is vital to check for travel warning and alerts prior to traveling internationally. There may be significant alerts inspired by such matters as political unrests or criminal activity. Although the occurrence of such alerts may perhaps not even disrupt your trip, they can go a long way in saving you time and panics in your trip. 

Where to look

Wikitravel Articles

In the planning stages consult the Wikitravel page for information on the area you are visiting. Despite the fact that at times it may be somehow outdated, the page has very vital information all outlined in an organised manner.

Information such as places to stay and safety tips are found here.

Reading Guide Books

Guide books contain a lot of detailed information about a destination. Such books will have sections relating to the culture, history, hotel and restaurant reviews and much, much more. These books are invaluable, especially for a first-timer. 

Read posts written by Travel Bloggers who have visited the destinations: 

If you are looking for a great way to learn about a destination, travel blogs are one good way.

There are numerous travel blogs and it just requires the touch of a button for a Google search and you can locate a blog on your travel destination. 

Travel Blogs are reliable since they give first hand perception of a destination. Identify a blogger with a similar budget, interests and style of travel as you since their information and advice may be better suited for you. 


Whether you are traveling abroad for business or for pleasure, it is vital to take your time to research and do your homework on the key important things you need to consider and do some research related to your destination.

Once you have put into account all the considerations and researched well on your destination, you can be assured of a good trip from beginning to end. 

Good luck and remember, Mayfair Cares



Travel and safety in 2016

Travelling is one of the most exciting things to do. But when the world is seeing an increase in the number of apparently random terrorist attacks, travelling has its risks. So, whether it is a business trip or a holiday it is important to plan, prepare and exercise caution in every part of the world simply because when you are in unfamiliar surrounding is when you are at your most vulnerable. 

April 2016 statistics in Ireland alone showed that more than 800 tourists were victims of attacks or robbery. Allowing for the fact that this should be one of the secure places in the world, these statistics are worrying. This raises the question, “How then can one safeguard themselves when they are travelling?”

At the other end of the scale in Europe during 2016 we have seen terror attacks in Paris, Brussels Nice and Normandy; random attacks across Germany, Ukraine, Turkey and in London with tourists, often being caught up in the violence.

The perception is that European countries are dangerous places to visit either on business or for a holiday – but is this factual or is it the widespread publicity that these dreadful incidents attract that is creating an exaggerated perception?

The United States, Africa, The Middle East and Asia all have their issues as well so what are we to do when planning a business trip or holiday? These are our thoughts

There is a certain euphoric feeling about being away from home in a foreign country, and this is a logical explanation as to why a lot of people forget to exercise caution when it comes to ensuring that their safety is paramount. Regardless of whether you are on a business or leisure trip it is important to protect yourself because you are oblivious of what danger looms in your surroundings. 

There are different measures that one can employ when it comes to keeping yourself safe. |We examine a few:

Keep your itinerary private

One of the most important safety measures when on a business trip in a known problem area is ensuring that your movements are not monitored or predictable. For this reason, your schedule should be confidential as it will minimise the likelihood of being targeted.

Always have a contact person who can be accessible at anytime

It is important always to have someone who can come to your rescue if you get into trouble when in the foreign land. It does not matter whether this person is family or a friend but the fact remains that they should be readily available on the phone. 

Watch your suitcase at the airport

Most people fall prey of robbery at the airport, railway, or bus station. Many thieves will use distraction techniques to target bags, wallets and other valuables. Be on your guard at all times when you are carrying all your valuables.

Consult your hotel management

If you want to take a tour of the new city, the best alternative is to ask your hotel staff for safety tips. Needless to stay keeping your travel safe is a collective effort and you might need the guidance of someone who knows the place better than you do. 

Blend with the locals

Easier said than done but one of the reasons why people travel is to interact and meet new people and learn a little of a different way of life. It is not only exciting to meet new people but socialising, and mingling with others makes you less vulnerable. Making friends is also a way to learn the areas to explore and those not to explore. 

Do not drink and drive

Even though this is a universal rule everywhere, drinking and driving are even more dangerous when in a new environment. 


Hopefully you will have a trouble free trip abroad but if you are unlucky it is important to have comprehensive travel insurance to fall back on. Check your policy before you go and perhaps even make a phone call to the insurer to be certain that you are covered for your destination.

In summary, travelling can be great fun and please don't be put off by the publicity generated by admittedly terrible events across the World but if you can, minimise the risks to maximise a positive experience of your foreign travel and remain vigilant at all times.

Good luck, have fun and remember – Mayfair Cares.




Your safety when travelling abroad - 12 pieces of advice...

Travelling overseas 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:

The Dos

1.     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.

2.     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

3.     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.

4.     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.

5.     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 misplaced.

6.     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 foreign country.

The Don'ts

7.     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 well.

8.     DON’T ever give anyone a lift unless you know them. Doing favours for hitchhikers no matter what the circumstances is to be avoided.

9.     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.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of travelling abroad on business with us please don’t hesitate to contact us here: