Preparing for the Unexpected

Written by: Stephanie on September 22, 2021

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Preparing for the unexpected is an important part of taking trips, and as travel agents, working hard to stay on top of situations that might affect the health and safety of your clients is an essential aspect of the job.

For any destination, it’s important to stay healthy, protect yourself, and be prepared to deal with unexpected events.

Here are five safe-travel recommendations to share with your clients:

Purchase Travel Insurance

Above all else, the best way to prepare for the unexpected is to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance policies can provide protection and priceless assistance during medical emergencies, hurricanes and disasters, and other major trip-interrupting events. Be sure to read and understand the coverage policies, especially when traveling during high-risk times.

Maintain Moderate Habits

Do your best to stay hydrated, be cautious of which foods are less risky to consume, get plenty of rest, and use sunscreen. Moderating your own food and alcohol consumption – and that of your loved ones – can help you avoid illness or maintain awareness of your surroundings.

Protect Your Valuables

Keep a conscious eye on your valuables, including your purse, identification documents, medications, and currency. It’s also a great idea to keep a copy of your travel documents and emergency contact information in a secure place. Leave valuable jewelry and watches at home.

Have Patience at the Airport

During hazardous weather conditions, flights often are delayed, rescheduled, or rerouted. To ensure your safety, airlines will schedule flights only when and where it’s safe to travel. If you’re traveling during a high-risk time, keep in contact with family members, co-workers, and other important people at home and prepare yourself for longer wait times and potential schedule changes.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Stay alert to where you are and what the people around you are doing. Listen to your instincts during an uncomfortable situation. Be especially cautious of being targeted in a busy location like airports and tourist attractions.

While these five tips aren’t the only ones for preparing for the unexpected when traveling, they are a great starting point for a meaningful conversation with your clients.

More tips and guides are available in the Agent Portal for KHM Travel Group Agents to download and share with their clients!

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