Keep up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, which can be accessed on the WHO website and through relevant public health authorities at the national and local levels. COVID-19 continues to mainly affect China's population, although outbreaks have occurred in other countries. Most people who become infected have a mild illness and recover, but in other cases it can be more serious. Take care of your health and protect others through the following measures:



1- Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.



Why? Washing your hands with an alcohol-based disinfectant or soap and water kills the virus if it is on your hands.







2- Take respiratory hygiene measures

When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow flexed or with a tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.





Why? Covering the mouth and nose during a cough or sneeze prevents the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough by covering yourself with your hands, you can contaminate the objects or people you touch.



3- Maintain social distancing

Keep at least 1 meter (3 feet) away between you and others, particularly those who cough, sneeze and have a fever.


Why? When someone with a respiratory illness, such as a 2019-nCoV infection, coughs or sneezes, they project small droplets that contain the virus. If it is too close, you can inhale the virus.


4- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth



Why? The hands touch many surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.


5- If you have a fever, cough and shortness of breath, seek medical attention on time.

Please tell your healthcare provider if you have traveled to another country where the presence of 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have had close contact with someone who has traveled from infected locations and has respiratory symptoms.


Why? Whenever you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, it is important to seek medical attention immediately, as these symptoms may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a variety of causes, and depending on your travel history and personal circumstances, the 2019-nCoV could be one of them.


6- Stay informed and follow the recommendations of healthcare professionals.

Stay informed about the latest news regarding COVID-19. Follow the advice of your health care provider, relevant national and local health authorities or your employer on how to protect yourself and others before COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are the most suitable interlocutors to give advice on the measures that the population of their area should adopt to protect themselves.




Updated: Mar 12








1. Discover if it is possible to connect Internet and television at the same time


Few people could last a long time in a house without Internet and television. Find out in advance if it is possible to hire these services at home and that the previous tenants have no debts.


2. Check for moisture stains

Fungi at home are very unpleasant. They give rise to bad smells, they look bad and it is very difficult to finish them. At the same time, breathing fungal spores is dangerous to health. Especially in the case of older adults and children.





That's why you should always check that the house does not have dark spots of fungi. They usually form in the bathroom, in the kitchen and near the windows: in areas with high humidity.




3. Find out if you have all the meters

Many times the owner does not include receipts for services in the rent. This means that you will have to pay these bills additionally.



Therefore, verify that the house has all the necessary meters. That way you could control your consumption.






4. Think where you would park your car

If you have a car, you will surely need a place to park it. If you do not have a garage, investigate if the house has a parking lot next door.




If not, go around the neighborhood and think about where you will leave your vehicle at night: if there are paid parking lots and if it is not forbidden to park in front of the house without being charged a fine.


5. Find out if previous tenants had pets




This rule is current for people who are allergic to pet hair. If you are in this group, when moving to a new house, you must be sure that cat hair balls are not hidden in the slits of the floor or on the carpet.



6. The windows open and the doors close


If you don't like the idea of always being worried about your belongings, check if the doors of the house close properly.


It won't hurt to try to open and close the windows. If it turns out that they do not open, you will not be able to ventilate the room and you will suffer on hot days.


7. Take inventory of everything in the house

Together with the owner or the administrator of the house, make a detailed list of the things that are in the house and that you can use.


Attach the list to the contract. It is better to write down once if any of the objects have a defect so that the owner of the house does not try to blame you for damaging your property.





8. Pay special attention to cleaning

If you entered a messy and dirty house, do not rush to sign the contract. It is very likely that even more unpleasant details are hidden behind the disorder. You can ask the owner to clean the house before renting it, but also be prepared so that he may not want to do so and simply refuses to continue negotiating, claiming he has many possible tenants in line.



Therefore, if dirt is the only thing that makes you doubt, do not rush to reject the option. Review the house in detail and decide if you can fix it so it looks good.

 


Updated: Feb 27

1. Keep up to Date on Local News

You never know what can happen when you are abroad, and in today’s fast-changing and fast-paced world, anything can happen quickly, whether you are in Paris or deep in the deserts of Central Asia.


It’s good practice to stay informed when you are on the road, and one of our top travel safety tips is to keep up to date with the local news. If it looks like there might be protests in the next city, maybe reconsider visiting, or if there has been an unusual number of incidents involving tourists, perhaps keep away for the time being.



2. Watch the weather

As well as keeping up to date on local news, one of our best travel tips is to also keep up to date on the weather. This is more important in some countries than others, and if it’s going to be a typhoon season in the Philippines, you might want to consider visiting at a different time of year.

But bad weather can affect your travel plans anywhere, and flooding could disrupt transport in England, or avalanches could be a danger in the Pyrenees in spring.




If it’s particularly hot you’ll want to keep hydrated, while if it’s going to be cold, you’ll want to make sure you take adequate cold-weather gear with you.

In regards to the weather, it is absolutely essential that you do your

research on the best times to visit the place you want to travel to. This will give you invaluable insight into what to expect and how to prepare for the time period you plan to travel there.


3. Check Government Websites

Another of our top safety tips for travel is to check government websites before you travel. Many governments and embassies keep up to date profiles on countries around the world, and provide detailed rundowns on practical information such as entry requirements, and also on the political climate.




Websites such as the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office also break down which regions within a country are safe to travel to.

Remember, of course, that these government websites are always going to be more over the top than the actual situation on the ground, and in some cases, government travel warnings can be politically motivated, rather than warning of any likely physical danger.

They are a good place to start though when you are planning your travels, and you are looking for more detailed safety tips for travel.

I can’t stress enough to just use this as heads up of sorts for your travels. We’ve traveled to many places on the warning list and had a wonderful time. The key is to be informed, not paranoid or afraid.


4. Buy Travel Insurance

One of the best tips for travel we can give is to take out adequate travel insurance. Travelers on a budget often overlook this as an unnecessary expense, but when it comes to keeping safe on the road, nothing beats a good insurance policy.


If you get hurt or injured, with a good insurance company behind you, you’ll be able to get instant access to the best health care in the country. If the political situation in a destination deteriorates then you’ll also be able to get out quickly.

There is a multitude of reasons to take out a solid insurance policy, but always read the small print, and check in detail for what you are actually covered for.

Some sporting activities might not be covered under basic policies, such as scuba diving to certain depths or trekking at high altitudes, so always make sure the policy you buy covers you for everything you might need.


5. Leave a Copy of Your Travel Plans with Family


We literally never leave home without emailing copies of our flights, hotels and tour plans to a couple of members of our family. At the very least, your emergency contact should have copies of this information before you leave home.

In the rare chance that something does happen to you, it will go a long way for someone to have your complete travel records. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Create a spreadsheet in Google Docs and send the link.


Be sure to include your flight info for all flights, domestic and international including flight dates, times and numbers, all of your hotels and any tours that you have booked.



6. Check-in Regularly at Home


Now, you don’t have to paranoid about this but once you arrive at your destination, stay in touch back home. Let someone know how things are going and if your plans are going according to the way they are booked. Also, notify them if there are any changes.


This will not only put your family’s worries at ease but also provide the necessary information in the rare event that something happens.






7. Email Yourself Copies of Important Docs

We each have a folder in our email inboxes labeled Travel Docs. This is where we save digital PDF copies of our important documents for our travels.

This includes our passport, driver’s license, medical records, vaccination records, TSA pre-check letter, Global Entry card, birth certificate, marriage certificate, travel insurance policy and any other docs we may need access to while traveling.


In the event that you lose your passport, find yourself in the middle of a political situation, are arrested or any number of other issues, it will be imperative that you have quick access to this information when overseas.








8. Be Medically Prepared

Depending on where you are traveling, you will also want to look into what vaccinations you need beforehand, and what potential diseases you can contract.



If you’re in malarial zones, then take precautions against this, while in some countries, you might need specific vaccinations, such as for Yellow Fever, to even gain entry.

Do not take vaccinations or prophylactics lightly. We highly advise that you make an appointment at an International Travel clinic near to you at least 6 months prior to your trip to discuss with a doctor what vaccinations you may need.


9. Consider Using a Money Belt

Another great safety trip for travel when it comes to keeping your valuables secure is to utilize a money belt or similar accessories to keep things hidden away.




These aren’t always foolproof, as the most intrepid of criminals might always find a way to separate your money from you, but hiding your spare cash and passport can at least stop opportunistic criminals from relieving you of your things.

We’ve also seen people using neck pouches that can be hidden under your clothes. Some claim these are more comfortable and easier to access when you need to.




10. Don’t Flash Your Valuables

Equally, another of the common-sense safety tips for travel is to not flash your valuables. Don’t advertise your expensive electronics, and in some places, you won’t even want to have your phone out to use as a map while you’re walking around.




Bali, in Indonesia, is notorious for drive-by muggings, and many a tourist on the back of a moped has been relieved of their phone while they are riding around directing. When you’re on trains or buses, anywhere in the world, keep your valuables in the seat with you at all times.

I think it also goes a bit without saying, but don’t leave your electronics out unattended. Whether on the charger, on your bed or on a table. This just invites opportunity.


11. Be Careful of Pickpockets

Keep your valuables close, and be aware of your surroundings. If it’s peak time, you might want to avoid crowded public transport too and walk instead.




If you are lounging on a popular tourist beach, then be extra careful of your belongings, as one glance away and you could be relieved of your bag. On night buses and trains, be careful with your bag, as you could easily wake up only to discover it’s gone.

Never carry your wallet, cash or passport in your back pocket. EVER.


12. Wear Your Backpack/Camera/Purse on the Front in Crowded Areas

If you like to carry a purse or day bag with you when you’re out exploring, just know that doesn’t mean your contents are secure within it. If you happen upon a crowded area, get on a packed bus or train, we advise that you immediately put your bag in front of you and keep it there.




This will limit access to your bag without your awareness. If you have a backpack, just turn it around and wear it on your chest. With purses, we strongly recommend you keep the strap on as a sling and then slide it to the front of your body.

If you like to carry your camera out when you travel, this is the part where I advise you to invest in a sling strap. Or at least a strap that is long enough to wear as a sling when you need to. Someone is going to be way less likely to make an attempt on your camera if you have it more secure to your body.


13. Know the Scams

Scams designed to separate you from your money or items are prevalent all over the world. The people that operate them do so for a living and are very good at conning even the most conscious traveler out of something, so don’t think it cannot happen to you.

It will go a long way to do some research ahead of time and learn what the common scams are in the places that you are planning to visit. This will help you to spot these situations from a mile away.





These are some of the most common scams you will come across while traveling:

Broken Taxi Meter: This will usually result in you being charged double, or more for your ride.Hotel worker: When you come across a local on the street that claims to work at your hotel. A technique used to get you to spend money at their shop. When a taxi driver says “That hotel/hostel does not exist anymore”: A lie to get you to book a room at their hotel Flattery: If you are suddenly approached and flattered to no end, move your purse to the front of you and walk away. Damaged Motorbike/Car Rental when returning: Always, ALWAYS, take photos of your car/bike when you pick it up and return it. Offering to take your photo: And then promptly runs off with your phone or camera Let me see the map on your phone: Then snatches the phone and runs


14. Use Ride-sharing Apps

Another of our top travel safety tips is to use ride-sharing apps where you can. Although this means having WiFi or investing in a local SIM card, using apps like Grab in Southeast Asia or Bolt in Europe, provide a new level of accountability.




As well as being easier to use if you don’t speak the local language, there’s no need for negotiation and no chance of being ripped off. You can also track where you, where you are going, and importantly, all the drivers are verified and their number plates registered.

The top ride-sharing apps worldwide are:

Uber. 

Lyft. 

Zimride. 

Trees For Cars.

Wingz.

 Juno. 

Gett. 




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