With headline after headline we see terrorism becoming a common news story around the world. From the Philippines to the United Kingdom the stories just don’t seem to be stopping. Since we travel often and have been within the areas affected we figured it was time to speak about it.
In reality terrorism has always been around in some form or another, but not as common within western society for the exception of Northern Ireland. A certain amount of common sense and thought should go into your preparations. Here are a few of our thoughts to help you formulate a plan.
1. Check with your countries embassy website at the country destination.
2. Once you have arrived talk as a group and decide on a rally point in case something happens.
3. Embassies are considered high value targets and should not be your rally point.
4. Know where your embassy is in case of evacuation.
5. Consider reading about international body language since local languages may be an issue.
6. Most locals are good people and will help tourists when asked during an event.
7. Some countries have a pre exsisting reputation for attacks on foreigners consider avoiding these places.
8. Sign up for your countries emergency alerts. These will goto your email and if your phone notifications are turned on this will give you good information.
9. In high risk areas try to wear local clothing and make an attempt to not stand out.
10. Smart phones can help you keep updated and the use of apps with multiple international news organizations will keep you better informed.
We are strong advocates of international travel still and there are plenty of places to see around the world.