Last week you talked about how we can help our clients to feel safer with all of these ‘ban’ changes going on. I really appreciated your advice, but was wondering if you had more tips for us to give them?
Thanks. It really is important that we continue to help our clients during these turbulent times. Start by telling them that it’s important to make copies of their passports. They should leave one with their loved ones and a copy of one in another location—for example, their suitcase. That is a seriously important piece of paper and needs to be treated as such.
They also need to be safe about where they stay. Advise them not to book Airbnb, because they do not know who lives there and if they are being watched. Again, safety first.
If they are traveling internationally, they should know where both the embassy and consulate are in relation to the hotel they are staying in case of emergency. If you can’t do it for them, they should register with the state and the embassy and give them their passport information. If something were to happen they could help you right away. For more information visit travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/step.html/
Once they know the embassy information, the travelers should make an emergency plan and know where they should meet. On that note, they should also have Whatsapp as well as Skype apps on their phones in order to reach family and their travel agent easier.
One of the most worthwhile things I have done is to get my driver’s information when he picks me up at the airport. He’s the first contact when you get where you are going. If you have an emergency, you can call him directly and have him come and pick you up quickly.
Finally, make sure they have enough cash for both the currency of the country they are visiting and a few American dollars. Cash is king—especially in an emergency situation.
Travelers are excited about being away and may not be as aware as they should be. It’s important that we teach them about being safe aware while they are traveling. In future columns, I’ll address more about safety depending on what other governmental changes occur.