It took a rather scary story about the ordeal of a fellow traveller we know to scare us into seriously re-considering just what safety measures international frequent travellers should put into place. The bloke is South African and luckily what happened to him actually happened while he was back home – he got robbed by some armed thugs who followed him from the airport.
I just shudder think how it would have been if something like that happened so a foreigner visiting the country, especially if they were visiting for the very first time. Since they took everything he had on him (including cash, passports, etc.), imagine if he was a foreigner in that exact same situation. Where would he go? Who would he make contact with and how?
It’s a rather difficult predicament to ponder, but that’s exactly why one has to put into place a comprehensive safety checklist just in case one of your international trips takes a serious turn for the worst. If you travel frequently enough, the chances of something happening increase as well, so better be safe than sorry.
International Money Transfer Points
Getting this list organised has become a real pain in the a- err, in the neck for us because it takes up quite a lot of time, however it is indeed a very necessary part of planning any trip. So what we do is always let our families know exactly where we’re going (by country), giving them direct access to some emergency cash they can send to us should we need it via international cash transfer services like the likes of Nasuba Express, MoneyGram, etc. It all depends on which country we’re visiting.
This is the best way to get cash on hand should you really need it, for example if you’ve lost your bank card or something of the sort.
Look, it’s a real pain for the international money transfer points as well, but what we also do is visit the nearest ones to exchange some currency (they often do currency exchanges as well), just so that our details can be logged on the system. This is because the money transfer points have a strict policy of requiring original identification in the form of a passport in order for the recipient to get the money that’s been sent to them from abroad, but I mean what would happen if you lost your passport or it got stolen along with your cash and bank cards?
Legal Assistance Points
This category of the check-list is comprised out of two entities, namely the embassy to your country as well as a local legal professional in the country you’re visiting, such as Christensen & Hymas in the case of visiting Utah in the USA. Again, furnish them with some certified copies of your legal documents so that they can vouch for the authenticity of your identity, otherwise it can get really difficult to navigate situations such as perhaps having been involved in a car accident or trying to get a new passport re-issued while you’re abroad.