Accidents are one of the most common causes of death and injury while traveling.
Cultural norms differ world side, and assumptions about *right of way* can
be disastrous. After an accident, blood transfusions abroad, may lead to infections
(Hepatitis A, B, HIV, and Chaga*s disease) as blood products are not always
Women traveling solo may encounter harassment and discrimination. It is
important to know the rules of the culture you are visiting before you arrive.
Dressing inappropriate to the locals, may lead to unwanted attention or hassles.
Some women find it easier to travel with a male companion or wearing a mock
wedding band to deter suitors. Women staying in hotels may wish to stay on
the 2nd floor or higher to deter access from the streets.
When receiving unexpected deliveries or room service, it is advised to phone
the front desk before opening the door. When leaving your room, leave the
*do not disturb* sign on the door, and leave the television on. Women may
also want to carry their own condoms and medication for birth control, yeast
infection or urinary tract infections. If planning an extended trip, they
may also wish to see their doctor for a PAP test and physical before traveling,
and possibly to discuss the morning after pill.
Business travelers should be wary of scam artists at airports, and banks.
Be very careful of new friends offering you trips. Kidnapping of affluent
travelers is a very big problem in some countries.Wear
and carry a briefcase only when necessary. Do not discuss accommodations,
business plans, or itineraries with strangers. Varying a schedule (walks,
driving) makes you less predictable for kidnappers to target. In bars watch
your drink as it is poured.
When traveling, do not carry unlabeled prescription medications. If available,
a letter or prescription from your doctor will be helpful. Always carry more
than enough medication when traveling, as many countries may not have access
to your prescription.
Mini buses are frequently involved in accidents. It is advised to avoid travel
mountainous travel, and trips during the winter. Rooftop luggage is valuable
. Try to choose your taxi rather than them choose you.
Don't take unmarked cabs. The fare should be agreed on before you get in (check
with airline personnel about what a fair price would be). You can have a door-man
help you negotiate a fare in advance. Keep your luggage in the back seat not
the trunk. Don't offer unnecessary information about your trip. Avoid driving
yourself if jet lagged, unfamiliar with local language, road signs, or in
High- risk countries for road accidents are Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Driving
a bigger car, wearing seat belts, and reducing speed significantly, reduces
Don't take out over crowded boats, or boat during rough weather like monsoon
or hurricane season. On larger ships, pay attention to safety instructions
and lifeboat positions. Prepare for seasickness, sunburns, glare, and chapped
lips. Pirates are still present off the coasts of Malacca and Thailand, and
the Phillipines and Southern China, so avoid them.
Recent terrorism has made flights more suspicious. Some suggestions to
avoid problems include: stick to U.S born carriers and avoid national carriers
that are not allowed to fly in the U.S. Try to fly between major airports.
The safest seats in the aircraft are the last 10 seats, above the wing, or
near an exit. Aisle or first class passengers may be singled out by terrorists
Surviving War Zone
If traveling soon, contact recent travelers who have more updated information.
Avoid politics or challenging the beliefs of people. Do not go to meetings
in public. Be careful about accepting invitations to social activities. Travel
under the permission of the controlling party.
Check in with the local embassy, Red Cross, United Nations or aid workers.
Dress conservatively and try to avoid obvious American brand-name clothes
or expensive jewelry or cameras. Learn to say *thank you* *please* and *excuse
me* locally.Flying between cities may be safer than traveling by ground (bus,
car, or train)
Never travel before 0900-1000. Most fresh mines are laid during the night.
Tr to follow heavy trucks at least 200 yards behind. Never walk first (take
point). Keep a distance of 60-100 feet away to avoid shrapnel. If someone
is pierced, apply a tournequet to stop blood loss. If a mine goes off, do
not run. Stay where you are and walk backwards in your own tracks.
Always stay on the pavement. If you have a flak jacket or a bullet-proof vest,
sit on it while driving to prevent shrapnel injury. Travel with the windows
open or with the doors of car off. This releases some of the blast. Never
touch unusual or suspicious objects, as they may be mined.
Different countries mine
differently. In northwestern Somolia, mines are placed in potholes, while
Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire, place them in off road tracks of vehicles, avoiding
potholes. If you find a mine, do not touch it, but mark it for later removal.
Put a sign up with *Skull and Crossbones* with English or local words for
*mines* on it.
Common places to find mines in Afghanistan include:
- unused foot paths
- verges of tracks and roadways
- vehicle turnaround points
- near culverts
- along damaged building walls
- in deserted wells and around wells
For more information:
Fielding*s Danger Finder
United States Travel Advisory
Canadian Overseas Advisory
For your reference a downloadable
version of this text can be found at this link.
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