5 Safety tips for travelling senior citizens

Carry safely

Carry your wallet, passport and money in a travel belt around your waist or

a pouch around your neck. Ensure it is under your clothes and can’t be seen.

Leave your expensive jewellery at home. Wearing excessive jewellery can make you a target for pickpockets.

In case of emergency

Find out the emergency services contact numbers for the regions you are

travelling in. Record the numbers for police, ambulance, your travel insurance

provider and the nearest embassy.

Copy everything

Make a photocopy of your passport and travel documents including travel

insurance policy, travellers cheques, visas and credit cards. Carry a copy with

you, separate from your main luggage and leave a copy with a family member

or friend at home.

Looking lost?

If you are unsure of where you’re going, ask someone in uniform such as a police officer, transport attendant or information desk assistant. Asking any member of the public can leave you vulnerable to theft or deception.

Scam watch

Read up on common scams in the cities you are travelling to. Stick only with

trusted and reputable tour providers and official taxi services. If you have been

scammed, report it immediately to the local police and notify your credit card

provider.