-- Things Can and Do Go Wrong
There are countless
people on the road now that can't get to their home
base because of the volcanic ash that is blanketing
European air space. During 9/11 travellers worldwide
suffered the repercussion of terrorist attacks. All
flights were grounded. Airports were swamped. Nothing
about travel then was normal.
we can't foretell the future. We all need to be prepared
for when all normal systems break down and we're left
to fend for ourselves. For that time Journeywoman has
prepared a list of top ten things to consider to help
ease the way. If you have your own advice to add to
this list, Journeywoman welcomes your e-mail input addressed
We know that with our combined wisdom there's no doubt
we can be even stronger and more effective travellers.
in touch with your government...
crossing any borders, find out about your
government's embassy, consulate or home office
in the country you're visiting. Check their
website for excellent and up-to-date online
reports advising of security, safety, weather
or health issues at your destination. Make
note of their local address and telephone
number. These people are your representatives
on foreign soil and are an invaluable connection
Examples of website resources include:
Department of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade Canada: www.voyage.gc.ca,
U.S. Department of State: www.travel.state.gov,
Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk/travel.
In case of natural disasters, travellers
should contact their government office immediately.
This is the easiest way for a country to verify
the safety and location of their citizens
and to protect them if and when necessary.
-- don't leave home without it...
you are crossing the border for a one day meeting
or travelling abroad for a week, you absolutely
must have emergency medical insurance. Most
of us have heard horror stories about inadequately
insured travellers who go off feeling perfectly
well and then an unfortunate accident puts them
in hospital. These unlucky folks find themselves
far from home without personal support systems
in place and they're often left with thousands
of dollars in unpaid medical bills. You can
learn the ins and outs of travel insurance by
testing your insurance IQ
right here: www.journeywoman.com/journeydoctor/travel_insurance_iq.html.
Always carry a list of your medications and
the dosages you take. Your travel insurance
company can help you get more medications if
you run out because of an unexpected delay in
your travel plans.
Names of relatives
you know your loved one's phone numbers by rote
but it's incredible what happens to your memory
under duress. In your wallet, make it standard
procedure to carry the names, phone/fax numbers
and e-mail addresses of three of your closest
relatives or friends. In an emergency they will
want to hear as soon as possible that you're
safe and vice versa. This method allows you
to begin communicating as quickly as possible
in every way possible. P.S. Need bus, train
or airplane numbers as quickly as possible?
Call your travel
or the concierge desk
at your hotel
They have all that information at their fingertips.
Phone cards are
you don't own a cell phone, always carry a pre-paid
international calling card or have your own
calling card with you when you travel. Staying
at a hotel during a crisis means you'll be making
a lot of calls from your room. Allowing yourself
to rely strictly on a hotel's phone service
generally means spending a lot more money than
you bargained for. Calling cards will reduce
your costs considerably.