When traveling overseas each Australian has to consider:
Terrorism is an on-going threat in many countries around the world. The threat is very high in some destinations. The Australian government continues to receive reports that terrorists are actively planning attacks. Australians could be caught up in attacks targeted at others. Terrorists may attack official or civilian targets depending on their particular objectives at the time.
Violent and petty crime takes place in many countries. You need to familiarize yourself with the types of crime that may occur and the locations where you may be most at risk.
You need to avoid demonstrations and protests as they have the potential to turn violent.
Transport safety standards vary widely. You need to understand the risks and plan your travel accordingly.
Many Australians are affected by natural disasters and health emergencies overseas each year. You need to monitor the media, and be aware of emerging risks that can happen and take appropriate precautions.
When traveling overseas, the local laws apply to you and penalties, particularly for drug related offences, can be severe and can even include the death penalty.
Be a smart traveler, before heading overseas organize comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy.
You need to give your travel details to a relative or friend, so that they can contact you in case of an emergency.
Damon Rasheed is the CEO of Rate Detective, an Australian financial service comparison sites specialising in Life Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and home loans. Damon holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne and has been involved in many start-up internet businesses.
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