Safe Overseas Travel: Maximizing Enjoyment by Minimizing Risk is a new release travel book that I strongly recommend because it gives great tips for travelers who are going abroad to help keep them, their possessions, and their identities safe, as well as helps to get travelers in the mindset to spot and manage risks better. This travel book is authored by two security experts Brian Johnson and Brian Kingshott, who are both professors in Criminal Justice with their life experiences including extensive travel according to their book biographies. Here’s more about this new release travel book called Safe Overseas Travel.
The process of traveling isn’t just going somewhere and sightseeing and/or conducting business. The planning beforehand is as much of the process and can actually make one feel really purposeful if done with a positive attitude. This travel book really helps travelers, especially first-timers, get schooled in being an effective and safety-conscious globe-trotter.
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When I read the travel book biographies of the authors and saw that they were both professors, my first thought was that this book was going to be very dull and boring. But after reading the first 30 pages, I realized my initial concerns were wrong. The book is written in easy to understand and engaging language that kept my interest, even though in my lifetime, I’ve been abroad more than 15 times. Yet I learned some new tips, too.
The strength of this travel book is that it stresses risk management and puts would be travelers to foreign lands in the mindset to be safer and more prepared from the get go, no matter how safe a country may seem (comparing France to Nigeria, for instance). It even reinforced for me the aspect of spreading risk more effectively by making sure I don’t carry all my credit cards around on a trip, especially if I’m not going to use them, because if my wallet were to get lost, then whether I’m in town or on the road, it will be a headache dealing with that, so I have become more of a risk assessor/spreader around my hometown, too, thanks to this book!
This travel book also advises people who are traveling together to have a discussion about their strengths and weaknesses regarding the country(s) to be visited plus their personalities (like handling stress). This way and at the very least, there’s an awareness among the group and maybe ways to correct the weaknesses before leaving. For instance, if one or more of the group isn’t fluent in the language of the country, then that person(s) needs to make sure they carry around a good language phrase book(s) for the places to be visited or even take a travel language class to get some grounding in basic words and phrases.
The first 30-plus pages help travelers get ready for their trip by advising them to do such wise things as check for US State Department (and other government) travel warning advisories and entry/exit requirements, etc.
A number of chapters in this travel book called Safe Overseas Travel has worksheets and charts that helps people put to use the material that was just covered in a current and practical way. The last 30 pages before the index includes many appendixes with worksheets and helpful travel-related websites related to the chapters, including for currency conversion and luggage inventory. The exercises help the traveler take stock and encourage research via online or in books for specific information about the countries.
Safe Overseas Travel covers many facets of travel safety readiness and preparedness via 16 chapters including topics on passports, visas, health, both airport and aircraft safety, blending into the culture, minimizing the risks of being a victim of street crime, lodging security, money management, emergency evacuations, and more. Overseas globe-trotters really need to pay attention to the chapters on passports and visas because without the right documentation, they will be denied the chance to travel. I even got a helpful tip which I hadn’t applied before: taking extra passport photographs with me abroad in case I need them to replace a lost passport, etc. There may not be a Walgreen’s-type store handy. Another great tip suggested included having a USB flash drive of your medical history, of which I wrote about at this Associated Content article.
Extensive coverage and practical tips are included about luggage, considered rightfully a safety issue by the authors because the luggage that travelers take with them affects their energy level, mobility, and appearance as a “target” to crooks. I liked their idea of putting a copy of the travel itinerary inside my checked luggage, which gives the airlines less of an excuse for not being able to find me if my bag(s) are misplaced.
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The authors of this Safe Overseas Travel book also stress to be very mindful of phone calls that you get into your room asking for personal information and the like. Let me share one experience as to why this point is so important. I was lodging in China one evening in 2000 when I got a call from a woman asking me if I wanted a massage. I was rather surprised and a bit taken aback, so I said “no” and hung up. The next day on the tour bus, I told the group this, and the tour director said something I’ll never forget: “If you get a call for a massage, hang up, because sometimes they want you tomassage them!”
This travel book stresses and gives travelers helpful tips on being as neutral-looking and acting as possible; that is, the more one stands out, the more that person can be targeted.
This Travel Book Called Safe Overseas Travel Has A Very Cautious Tone
If I had any criticisms of this travel book, it would be on very small matters, as I agree with about 98 per cent of what’s said, which is still very good. Some of the recommendations by the authors are a bit unrealistic and over-cautious to apply all the time. For instance, on page 90, travelers are advised to stay with their luggage during airport shuttle trips instead of storing their bags in the back area of the shuttle (because someone could steal them or take them by mistake), yet this isn’t always possible because the seats next to passengers are often taken. Now, I do make sure I’m carrying my laptop case with me at all times and my day pack with me most of the time in the shuttle even if I do have to hold the laptop case in my lap, but I haven’t been able to do that with my larger suitcase and/or my day pack on numerous occasions.
And another tip I found a bit over cautious was listed on page 180, where they advise travelers to not rely on strangers for directions. Well, that’s pretty near impossible to not do if people find themselves in a city where they don’t know anyone. From personal experience, I would advise that it would be safer to go into a store and ask the clerk or seek out a cop for help, but that isn’t always possible and those people are also strangers, too. I normally look for someone who’s walking down the street and carries themselves like a local. I’m not expecting to be attacked for asking for help. At the worst, they are just unhelpful.
In their defense, the authors’ voice for the book is greatly geared toward those who won’t be just going to safer countries like those in Western Europe. If you are heading to some global danger zones in the Middle East, South America, or Africa, for instance, then their sometimes over-cautious sounding tone will seem way more appropriate. As security experts, these authors are going to be more sensitive to their surroundings, too, and I think that comes across in the book, though I wouldn’t say they sound paranoid. But again, they really advise on the side of caution more so compared to the advice I’ve heard or read from “typical” travel writers.
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One of the things that first time travelers will realize is that there are no guarantees in life. Reading this book or taking safety classes won’t guarantee that everything will be perfect on a vacation or business trip. Yet if you follow the guidelines in this book and use common sense, you will be more than prepared to handle any worst case scenarios.
The strong moral of this travel book is that safe travel is the ultimate responsibility of each person traveling. The more prepared travelers are, they better off they will be if something inconvenient or bad happens. I do strongly recommend this book especially for those going overseas the first time, as so many great tips and assessments are packed into one resource without having to search all over the internet for various safety and security articles.
This travel book is available at Looseleaf Law Publications via this link here currently for $19.95. It is well worth the investment. This travel book is 304 pages in length and its ISBN Number is 978-1-932777-78-9.
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