Staying safe is a questions of common sense and taking of basic precautions.
1) Inner city areas are probably the most dangerous places – especially at night. Avoid going out and exploring the city on your own. It’s best to visit certain areas with a tour group.
2) Don’t wear expensive-looking accessories or jewelry in the street. Leave valuables in your hotel’s safe-deposit box. You should try not to attract attention.
3) Pickpockets are sometimes a problem so don’t carry large sums of money. It’s best to use traveler's squelches or credit cards.
4) When traveling by car, always keep the doors locked and the windows only slightly open. You must lock your car doors at all times. It’s a good idea to use car parks that are supervised if possible.
Recommendations for tourists can depend on the destination and the type of holiday.
For example, Thailand is a popular tourist destination. Thailand is a safe country for travelers but some simple precautions are still required. Hotels and taxis are safe and it is safe for women-travelers. If traveling alone, keep in touch with someone on a regular basis.
There are plenty of pharmacies that sell insect repellents and basic medicines. It’s advisable to take malaria pills. Heat and humidity can be a problem so drink a lot of fluids, avoid the midday sun and take a plenty of rest. It’s a good idea to take a medical kit with antiseptic cream, mosquito repellent, aspirin, sunblock, bandage, plasters, thermometer, pocketknife and so on.
Diarrhea is a common complaint. If it occurs, eat plain food and drink lots of fluids. It’s best to avoid uncooked food. Avoid tap water – bottled water is easily available – and avoid crushed ice in drinks from street vendors. It’s vital to have the right vaccinations before you go to exotic destinations.
If you are going to South Africa we are giving some health and safety recommendations.
Although many inner cities and townships can be dangerous, especially at night, South Africa is generally safe for travelers who take reasonable precautions.
- Never go out on your own.
- Don’t wear expensive clothes or carry large amounts of cash with you. Use the hotel’s safe-deposit box. Pickpockets are a problems, as are muggers, who snatch handbags and run away.
- When driving always keep the doors locked and don’t stop to give people a lift.
- Tap water is generally safe to drink and travelers to South Africa usually don’t suffer from stomach upsets.
- On safari, animals should always be respected and there are some poisonous spiders and snakes. Always carry a small medical pack / kit when on safari. Malaria and bilharzia occur in certain areas.
We wish you well! Take good care of yourself over there and have a fun and enjoyable trip!”