If you are considering traveling to a different country to take your
RYA course, don’t forget to think about the precautions you may need to take,
as with any foreign travel.
Your training centre may be able to inform you of specific local
rules, customs, events or safety considerations in their country – see their
website or give them a call if you want further information. Travel websites
and the relevant government departments responsible for citizens when
travelling abroad can also be useful resources.
In some countries tourists can be targets for crime so, in general,
when travelling in an unfamiliar country take time to consider the following
Pay attention to the security
of your accommodation – lock the doors, both when you are in the room and
when you leave it.
- Think about what you are
doing at all times and trust your instincts - don’t take risks that you
wouldn’t at home.
- Don’t openly display
valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock
on suitcases or backpacks.
- Find out about local
customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws - there may be
serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home.
- Be alert at all times to
your surroundings. If drinking, do so in moderation and be aware of the
risks of your drink being ‘spiked’ if left unattended.
- Ensure your travel
insurance is valid for the destination and the activities you will be
- Be careful when taking
photographs, videos or using binoculars. Such activities may be
misunderstood, especially near military installations.
- Consider taking your
mobile with you or renting one while you’re away. Store useful numbers
such as the local police and the nearest embassy or consulate.
- Check with your service
provider to make sure your phone works abroad.
- Take advice from your
training centre or instructor –they should have good local knowledge.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website offers a wide range of
country-specific travel advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
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