- Different countries have different laws and regulations governing transport, infrastructure, safety, etc, and perhaps lacking in comparison to laws you’ll have at home.
- The itineraries we operate oftentimes include strenuous activities and physical demands beyond which you’ll usually partake in at home. additionally, these activities are once in a while undertaken in remote and isolated areas.
- Most of the people you meet on your travels are going to be genuine, welcoming, and honest. However, anywhere, there’s a little element preying on the unsuspecting tourist.
- The remote locations of a number of our tours mean support and assistance aren’t always readily available.
- The infrastructure (hospitals, transport, emergency services, etc) of a number of the countries we visit could also be lacking in comparison to those you’ll have at home. EGYPTIVA takes all reasonable measures to make sure your safety and pleasure while traveling with us. The aim of this document is to provide you with a perception of the way you’ll further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.
Before Leaving Home
there are a variety of things that you simply may do before even leaving home which will assist you to possess a secure and enjoyable travel experience.
- Always carry a few copies of your passport and other important and needed documents with you. This way, if you lose your documents, you’ll at least present a copy to your embassy or consulate while abroad and have a replacement or temporary travel documents issued. A tip we received from one among our seasoned travelers was to scan the documents and send them to your email. That way you’ve got additional access to them online.
- We suggest registering your travel plans together with your embassy or consulate before leaving home. Should a significant event occur, your government is going to be ready to make contact and account for you.
- Take out appropriate insurance. Nobody ever predicts an accident or injury to happen. However, we’ve heard a variety of unfortunate stories from travelers and that they usually start with: “I never expected…”
- Remember to leave a copy of your itinerary with friends or family.
We sometimes visit some exciting and far-off places. With that being said, comes exposure to unfamiliar, viruses, bugs, and infections. Consult your local medical professional well before traveling. You’ll need injections to stop common diseases, and that they may have a while to incubate before they’re effective. Your medical professional or travel clinic will advise on what’s needed.
The trip experience will expose you to several contrasting types and sorts of transport, and lots of risks as well as rewards. a number of these could also be familiar to you and just a matter of commonsense, and a few might not. note of the top 5 tips below, received from experienced EGYPTIVA travelers:
- Pay attention to the inflight briefing. Wen know, it’s going to feel monotonous or boring to those that travel frequently, but within the event of an emergency, you’ll get to realize it instantly.
- Count the rows to the emergency exit. In an emergency, lighting could also be reduced.
- Don’t drink an excessive amount of alcohol. Cabins are pressurized therefore the effect of alcohol is bigger than normal.
- Listen to the flight attendants. they’re primarily there for your safety.
- Keep your seatbelt fastened. Turbulence can occur at any time.
Buses and trains
- Keep your personal stuff in your sight, or preferably on you.
- A lock placed on zippers may be a good deterrent to a wouldbe thief.
- Watch for slippery, uneven, surfaces or other obstacles as you enter and exit the vehicle.
- Remain aware of surroundings. remember of distractions, as they’ll be opportunities for pickpockets.
- Know your stop.
- If you’re staying at a hotel, have them call you a taxi, instead of waving one down on the road.
- Use taxies from a taxi stand where possible. Generally only registered drivers may use a taxi stand.
- Keep your belongings at your side or feet. If you would like to exit quickly they’re going to be easily accessible.
- If in an emergency situation, leave the luggage. you’ll run faster without it and items are often replaced.
- Check the identification of the driver before getting into. It should be prominently displayed within the vehicle if it’s a legitimate taxi.
- Listen to the security briefing. you’ll get to know what to do in an emergency.
- If lifejackets are supplied – use them.
- Always have a minimum of one hand free to hold onto something to assist together with your balance.
- The sun reflects up off the water. make sure you have adequate sunblocks.
- Take medication for seasickness before boarding – it’s going to take a while to become effective.
Accommodation is usually considered a secure haven for weary travelers. However, the truth is it’s often the foremost likely place that accidents and thefts occur. the subsequent things are often done to extend your personal safety as told to us by fellow travelers:
- When arriving, stick with your bags until they’re transferred from the taxi or bus to the lobby.
- Lobbies are often chaotic places with many of us coming and going. Keep an eye fixed on your bags at the least times when checking in and out. The busy atmosphere may be a welcome distraction to opportunists.
- When you enter your bedroom, confirm the door closes firmly behind you and it locks.
- When in your room lock the door, use the safety latch, lock windows, and connecting room doors.
- Always use the ‘spy hole’ to ascertain who is at the door before opening it.
- Know the emergency assistance number, and the way to work the telephone system.
- Store all unneeded personal items, cash, valuables, and travel documents within the inroom safe.
- Take note of the emergency plan on the rear of the hotel door. you’ll get to realize it in an emergency.
- Place your room key within the same place whenever. It avoids losing it, and you’ll know where it’s in an emergency situation.
- Use the nonslip mats within the showers if provided.
One of the great ways to experience a new destination is to easily immerse yourself in it! However, like anywhere, there are select elements of the locals who feed on the vulnerable. we’ve received many tips and advice from our travelers on the simplest way to do reduce vulnerability, and protect safety while enjoying the amazing sights. a number of these ideas could also be simple commonsense, while others you’ll not have considered. These are the top 10 ways to reinforce your personal safety while out and about:
- Blend in the maximum amount possible, especially in your dress and appearance. attempt to avoid a noticeable tourist appearance.
- View maps discreetly. A map identifies you as a targeted tourist. Only invite directions from uniformed officers or persons of obvious authority.
- Stay on well-lit or well-trafficked areas and roads. Danger frequently lurks in darkened and less populated areas.
- Photos are a requirement when traveling. However, keep the camera discreet. Many ‘point-and-shoot’ cameras will slot in your pocket out of sight when not in use. don’t leave larger ones dangling around your neck, or other places in plain view.
- When withdrawing money from bank machines, attempt to do so during daylight, in well-trafficked areas, and use machines that are related to a recognized bank where possible. like anywhere, protect your personal PIN code by covering the keypad from prying eyes alongside your other hand. Once the cash is withdrawn, take time to make sure it’s stashed away safely. don’t do so while walking down the road advertising the very fact you’re carrying amounts of money with you.
- Leave excess cash, travel documents, jewelry within the hotel safe, or better yet at home if you do not need it to get through.
- An experienced pickpocket can usually pick a tourist call at a crowd. Wear your purse across your body with the opening flap against your stomach in order that it’s harder to urge into. If you’re carrying a daypack wear it ahead, kangaroo-style.
- Where possible avoid walking alone – especially in the dark. Traveling with friends causes you to be much less of a target.
- We ask you to take the hotel business card containing the hotel address and name with you. This way, albeit you are doing not speak the language, a taxi is going to be ready to take you back to the hotel.
On your EGYPTIVA tour, you’ll have many included activities. All of the included activities are properly vetted and frequently checked by us. However, there’ll even be some free time for you to line off on your own. Use your common sense when considering optional activities directly with suppliers. Safety should be your key consideration because it is ours. Ask about their safety practices, history, insurance, and emergency plans. Particular attention should be paid when water activities are involved, and always enforce traveling with a guide.
Some of our tours happen at a high altitude, (St. Katherin tours). Effects of altitude on the physical body begin to seem at 1500 meters above water level. it’s possible that travelers at this altitude (and higher) may experience symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) also referred to as hypoxia. in additional serious cases, AMS can reach High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Both HAPE and HACE are potentially fatal. it’s vital that each traveler are conscious of, and ready to recognize, signs and symptoms of altitude on their body.
EGYPTIVA recommends that everybody, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, seek the recommendation of their doctor regarding traveling at high altitudes. Please provide an in-depth copy of your travel itinerary to your physician in order that they may better assist you.
Possible symptoms of altitude sickness
Common mild symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, stomach illness, dizziness, sleep disturbance, and shortness of breath.
More severe symptoms include fever, dry cough, puking, bluish color on lips and fingers, difficulty breathing indeed when resting, lack of balance, loss of consciousness.
Some recommendations when traveling in high altitude
- Give yourself at least at some point to rest and acclimatize. Avoid any strenuous physical activity.
- Have some altitude medication as instructed by your physician.
- Use anti-inflammatory to treat mild symptoms.
- Drink a lot of water. Drink a bit, often.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Stick to a plain diet – soup, bread, and light meals.
- Do not trust coca tea or chewing coca leaves. Although a standard Andean remedy, no medical studies have proven this as a way to stop hypoxia.
Golden Rules of traveling in high altitude
- If you are feeling unwell at a high altitude, it’s due to hypoxia until proven otherwise
- If you’ve got symptoms of AMS, don’t proceed to higher altitudes.
- If your symptoms worsen, you would like to get to a lower altitude as soon as possible.
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