Family holidays can be very memorable and rewarding – you work hard for the rest of the year so it’s nice to take some time off and spend some quality time together relaxing. However, without proper planning, your fun trip away could turn into a nightmare.
Every year families have accidents, suffer crime, deal with illness, and suffer other bad luck while away on holiday. It’s not always possible to anticipate and prevent these incidents, but with a little preparation before you leave you can make sure your family is as safe as possible.
1. Purchase Appropriate Travel Insurance
Insurance is a must if you’re travelling overseas. If you have a serious accident or illness in a different country, you’ll have to pay for treatment and this can be many thousands of dollars for even minor ailments. For more serious cases, you’ll want to make sure you can fly back home for treatment and there are few families that can afford to pay for private medical air transport. Travel insurance will cover these potential medical expenses, as well as covering your belongings for loss, damage, or theft.
Make sure to shop around and find the best option for you. Some banks, like Commonwealth Bank will actually include travel insurance as part of their credit card packages as long as you pay for some of your travel expenses on that card.
2. Secure Your Home and Belongings
Empty houses are an easy target for burglars, so it’s vital to make sure your house is locked up securely and your belongings are safe. Home burglaries are currently at a 13-year high in WA, with an average of one home being robbed every 16 minutes.
Secure your home by locking all doors and windows, make it look lived in with light timers, and install security cameras to put off potential burglars. You should make sure all keys for your home and car are locked away and take the master key with you, or give them to a trusted friend or family member for safe keeping.
For an added level of security, we’d highly recommend you invest in a home safe to keep valuables like car keys, jewellery and important documents and items extra safe.
Using home security apps like SwannOne Link will let you view your security cameras from your phone, which can also be really helpful to give you peace of mind that everything is safe at home.
3. Take Care with Your Cash
It’s not wise to carry around a huge amount of money in cash when you’re away, as bag theft and pickpocketing is common in tourist areas. If your hotel provides a safe, keep most of your cash locked away when you’re out (you should put your passports and important documents in here too alongside keeping digital copies in your email inbox) and use a money belt under your clothing for the majority of money you take out – keep only a small amount in your wallet.
Using a credit or debit card to withdraw money you need for a few days at a time can eliminate the need for you to carry a lot of cash, but it also comes with risk. ATM skimming scams could empty your account of thousands. Only use ATMs inside banks or with 24-hour security, and check your account regularly for any transactions you don’t recognise.
4. Be Aware of Fire Escapes in Your Hotel
When you check into a new hotel, make sure you review where all the exits and escape routes are (these are often shown on the back of the door) and make sure your children know too. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Hire a Car with a Driver
In many popular holiday destinations like Bali, it’s common for tourists to rent a scooter to get around. While it can be tempting to choose this mode of travel for its cheap price and convenience, road accidents in developing countries are terrifyingly frequent. Several Australians have been killed in motorbike accidents in Bali in the last few years and you’re almost three times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Indonesia than you are in Australia. Don’t take the risk; opt for hiring a car with a driver instead.
Travel Safe, Not Sorry
You can’t protect your family against every eventuality, but there are many precautions you can take to reduce your risk of being a victim of crime or accident while you’re overseas. By taking a few simple steps to keep your family safe on holiday, you can have more peace of mind and enjoy your time away together.
For help in securing your home, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Perth-based locksmith team 7 days a week.