Business Travel Insights

Travel safe and sound – advice for business travellers

As you begin preparing for your next business trip, make sure you take steps to stay safe, as well as making the most of that important business meeting.
With these simple business travel tips, you can travel with confidence and make the most of your visit.

Do

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Do your research to avoid risky areas with high crime rates
  • Keep your cash in more than one pocket. Keep a small amount in a top pocket to hand over to a criminal or carry a dummy wallet containing a small amount of currency and expired credit cards 
  • Where possible, carry small denominations of currency and keep the bulk of cash and cards in a hotel safe or a money belt, which you should only open when you’re away from crowds or risky areas 
  • Always carry a mobile phone programmed with emergency numbers (police, embassy, family, friends etc.). 
  • Ignore verbal ‘bait’ from passers-by. Do not get into an argument. Try to avoid eye contact with strangers 
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, enter a busy public place and call for help
  • Limit alcohol intake – individuals are more vulnerable to attack if they have been drinking
  • Be wary of loiterers. Remember that attackers often pass their victim and then attack them from behind. If attacked, co-operate with assailants and do not make eye contact or sudden movements. Resistance is more likely to provoke violence 
  • Avoid disputes, demonstrations, political rallies and commotions in the street. Do not stay to watch or photograph them
  • Use only accredited taxi services with radio communication as their drivers should be officially licensed. That way you can also agree the fare and pre-book

Don't

  • Never mention that you are alone or give out personal information 
  • Never accept food or drinks from strangers to avoid being drugged 
  • Don’t display signs of wealth, be it opening a wallet full of cash in public, wearing expensive jewellery or carrying valuables such as a tablet or a camera. Dress as inconspicuously as possible 
  • If lost, do not stand in the street consulting a map on your smartphone. Go to a busy shop and ask for directions, or consult the map there discreetly. Always walk with confidence and look like you know what to do and where to go even if you don’t
  • Don’t be glued to your mobile phone as you need to be alert to your surroundings. If you need to use it, find a secure spot and then put it away after use
  • Avoid walking in unfamiliar city streets after dark, especially if alone. If you are walking, take only brightly-lit, busy streets. Do not use public transport at night unless absolutely necessary

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Source: Asia Assistance International, a 24-hour emergency service partner of C