How can I stay safe when travelling?
Immersing yourself in new destinations is an exhilarating part of your travel experience. Your Travel Director will be on hand to ensure your tour goes smoothly so you can focus on making those lasting memories. However it is important to remain vigilant and to take precautions when travelling to reduce the chances of situations arising that would affect your enjoyment.
Many of us carry expensive equipment such as mobile phones and cameras to capture our travel memories and keep in touch with loved ones. Be wary of showing them off in crowded places and never leave them on the table in restaurants, bars, hotel lobbies and public places (breakfast rooms).
Keep your bag with you at all times. Wear it across your chest and ensure the bag is on the front of the body when you walk through crowded places.
Make sure your passport is always safe. Keep it on your person on travel days. Many hotels provide safety deposit boxes for your use on longer stays, but be sure to reclaim them before checking out. Make a photocopy of your passport and important documents and keep them separately from the originals and make a note of emergency numbers for any credit/ bank cards that you use.
Only carry as much cash as you need at any time and avoid displaying large numbers of notes when paying for anything.
Passport and Documents
You are required to carry your passport with you at all times. A money belt worn under your clothing is the safest place to carry your passport, as well as other important documents, a spare credit or debit card, larger cash amounts and any emergency contact lists.
When leaving your room, securely shut all windows and close the door to your room as you exit, with enough force to ensure it properly locks. Remember to keep your room key safely on you. On arrival at a new hotel, familiarise yourself with escape routes and locate the nearest fire exit to your room. Always know how to raise the alarm.
Avoid confrontational situations and large gatherings and if at any time a situation doesn’t feel right, walk away.
In the very unlikely situation you find yourself in the vicinity of a hostile incident, leave immediately and contact the police. If you are unable to leave, find somewhere to hide, lock the door and keep as quiet as possible. Remember to turn your phone to silent and contact the police.
What if I become ill on my tour and am unable to continue?
Your Travel Director will assist you with a doctor's visit or hospitalisation should you require. Insight Vacations has a dedicated Customer Care Department in Europe or our Operations Department in the relevant country will contact you to offer assistance and advice. The cost to return home from your tour due to illness would be at your own expense, so we strongly encourage you to purchase a Travel Protection Plan, and coordinate with your travel insurance company to have your medical expenses reimbursed.
How can I minimise jetlag when travelling abroad?
Travelling abroad is an opportunity to discover new cultures and make lasting memories. When travelling to your destination by air, following some simple advice can help you make the best of your vacation experience from day one.
Before your flight
Try to ensure you are well-rested prior to your flight. Pack your carry-on bag carefully so that you have everything you need aboard the plane.
Remember to stay hydrated during your flight and try to stretch regularly, either in your seat or by walking around the plane. Reset your watch to the local time at your destination so you can begin adjusting your body clock.
Arriving at your destination
When you arrive at your destination, try to stay awake until the early evening. If you are very tired from your journey, opt for an hour-long nap rather than a longer sleep that might leave you struggling to sleep later.