When you are there
- Be aware of security and take sensible precautions. Leave your jewellery and valuables at home
if you can. Only carry as much money as you need for the day. Leave the rest of
your money, and
at least one credit card in the hotel or
villa safe if one is available. Keep copies
of your passport, insurance details and other important travel documents separate
from the originals. Doc Store, our on-line document storage facility, can
help with this and is also available as part of our Annual Explorer Membership.
It is useful to always have some form of identity on
you, such as a driving licence or a photocopy of your passport. Stay aware of what
is going on around you and keep away from situations where you do not feel comfortable.
Find out from your guidebook or tour guide about any local scams. Keep up to date
with local and regional events in the media. Don’t take risks abroad that you
wouldn’t take at home. If a situation looks dangerous, it probably is.
- Keep a note of the
Calluma telephone number so that you can easily call us if you require any
- Passports are valuable documents, and you are responsible
for taking all reasonable steps to protect your passport. It is possible to have a replacement passport issued overseas
but this may require an interview and the passport issued may have a restricted
validity leaving you unable to travel on to certain countries. It is vitally important that you do everything you can to keep your passport safe. Having an electronic copy of it stored in the CallUma document
store may help to make the replacement process
- Stay in regular touch with your family and
friends in the UK, especially if you are travelling alone or in a remote area, or you are aware of
a terrorist attack or other catastrophe in the region in which you are travelling.
Although you may feel perfectly safe, people at home may worry if they don’t hear
from you, and could report you missing.
- You must keep to local laws. There may be very serious penalties for breaking
a law which might seem trivial to you or for doing something which may not be illegal
in the UK. Do not overstay your visa or work illegally – you may be fined or sent
to prison. Hobbies that involve using cameras and binoculars, such as birdwatching
or plane spotting, may be misunderstood (particularly near military sites). If in
doubt, don’t do it.
- Respect local customs and behave and dress appropriately, particularly when visiting
religious sites, markets and rural communities. Travel guidebooks, tour operators
and hotel staff are all useful sources of information and you can always ask CallUma
if you’re unsure and we’ll be able to advise you on any local customs or specific
local journeys. If in doubt, take extra care. In some places, behaviour that would
be acceptable elsewhere can lead to serious trouble. In some countries, it can also
be worth asking for permission before taking any photographs so as not to cause
offence. Help protect local wildlife and habitats by respecting rules and regulations
(including how to get rid of rubbish properly). Be aware that buying any wildlife
products is risky. Customs departments throughout the world confiscate illegal souvenirs,
and in the UK you could face a criminal prosecution and fines.
- Check that what you are bringing back to the
UK is legal. You can get more
information on bringing back meat, animal products or plants from the Department
for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at www.defra.gov.uk or phone 08459 335577. You can get information
about banned and restricted goods, and your customs allowances, from HM Revenue
and Customs on www.hmrc.gov.uk or phone 0845 010 9000.
- Be aware of local attitudes to alcohol and
know your own limit. Remember
that drinks served overseas are often stronger than those served in the UK. Keep
your drinks with you at all times as drinks can be spiked with drugs to make you
more vulnerable to assault or rape. Be aware that accidents are more likely to happen
after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Avoid swimming or fooling around on balconies
or other high places.
- Be aware of what may happen if you become involved
with drugs overseas. Not only are there health risks, but there may also be severe
penalties for any association with drugs. Never carry packages through customs
for other people and be cautious about accepting gifts. If you are driving, do not
lend your vehicle to other people and do not sit in someone else’s vehicle when
going through customs or crossing borders – get out and walk. Pack your own baggage,
fasten it securely and do not leave it unattended.
- Follow any health advice you received before travelling. You should, for example,
drink plenty of safe drinking water, use sunscreen, and take care what you eat and
where you eat it.
- If in doubt about any aspects of your holiday
simply ask Calluma and we will do our best to help you have a happy and safe trip.
Text adapted from Foreign and Commonwealth