Whenever you arrive in any country, whether it be by boat, plane or anything you are vulnerable to – you have all your cash, cards, documents and anything valuable on you right at that moment – and you have never been to that place before and the people around you too assume you haven’t, there are always people who are willing to “help”. Every precaution you take will help avoid any potential problems. After all you do not want someone to “help” themselves to your belongings when you have just arrived. Here are a few tips that should help:
- Before leaving for your trip, try to obtain some prior information regarding the rough layout of the airport where you will be arriving. This will help you to have a vague sense of where you should be going and where the taxis are located, etc.
- Whenever possible, especially in certain countries, we recommend taking either the airport limousine or a hotel pick up.
- Never take a taxi that seems just to be hanging around offering its services when there is a taxi queue available.
- Try to keep your wallet and valuables safely secured in a handbag or in one of your hand luggage.
- Change some money into the local currency before you depart. This gives you one less thing to worry about and will stop you from pulling a large amount of money out at the airport arrivals.
- Keep a small amount of this local currency in you wallet, and away from the majority of your well earned money. You will need sufficient cash for the ride into town, a tip (perhaps) and a little for unforeseen needs like toll ways or a bottle of water.
- If you are not able to find out anything about the airport that you are visiting then ask one of the airline staff, or the government tourism booth (if they have one at the airport) for some assistance, or tips on the best way of travelling.
- Most countries really are very safe, but for others it is very advisable to take as many precautions as possible. Nonetheless,the most important thing is that you have a great holiday.