The travel experience will expose you to many different types and forms of transport, and many risks and rewards. Some of these may be familiar to you and just a matter of commonsense, and some may not. Take note of the top 5 below tips received from experienced YET travelers:
• Pay attention to the in-flight briefing. It may seem monotonous or boring to those who travel often, but in the event of an emergency, you will need to know it instantly.
• Count the rows to the emergency exit. In an emergency, lighting may be reduced.
• Donʼt drink too much alcohol. Cabins are pressurized so the effect of alcohol is stronger than normal.
• Listen to the flight attendants. They are primarily there for your safety.
• Keep your seatbelt fastened. Turbulence can occur at anytime.
Buses and trains
• Keep your personal belongings in your sight, or preferably on you.
• A lock placed on zippers is a good deterrent to a would-be thief.
• Watch for uneven, slippery surfaces or other obstacles as you enter and exit the vehicle.
• Remain alert to surroundings. Be aware of distractions, as they may be opportunities for pickpockets.
• Know your stop.
• If you are staying at a hotel, have them call you a taxi, rather than waive one down on the street.
• Use taxies from a taxi stand where possible. Typically only registered operators may use a taxi stand.
• Keep your belongings at your side or feet. If you need to exit quickly they will be easily accessible.
• If in an emergency situation, leave the bags. You can run faster without it and items can be replaced.
• Check the Identification of the driver before getting in. It should be prominently displayed in the vehicle if it is a legitimate taxi.
• Listen to the safety briefing. You will need to know what to do in an emergency.
• If lifejackets are supplied – use them.
• Always have at least one hand free to hold onto something to help with your balance.
• The sun reflects up off the water. Ensure you have adequate sunscreen protection.
• Take medication for seasickness prior to boarding – it may take some time to become effective.