You’re on holiday to relax and enjoy yourself. Follow our advice and take just a few extra precautions to make sure you’re not disappointed.
Know before you go:
Research your destination and familiarise yourself with their customs and traditions. Ensure you’re aware of the expectations around your behaviour and dress, particularly if you’re planning to visit cultural or religious sites.
Travel advice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender travellers: Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK. However, you’re unlikely to have any problems if you prepare well and research your destination before you go.
We’d encourage you to check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s travel advice for LGBT travellers before booking your holiday. You can find the link here: https://www.gov.uk/lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-foreign-travel-advice
It’s also a good idea to research the local laws and customs of your favoured destination to help ensure you’re safety whilst on holiday.
Hotel rooms. Make use of the security features in the room; safe, dead-bolt, door-bar, door-chain, peep-hole. Avoid leaving windows and balcony doors open at night if you’re on the ground floor or if your balcony can be accessed by the adjacent one.
Before going out, consider how you’ll get back to the hotel and what you might do if you and your family or friends become separated.
Avoid taking large sums of cash out with you. Take only as much as you’ll need for the day and leave the rest in the safe in your room or in a safety deposit box at the hotel. If possible, take a pre-loaded travel card such as the Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel Cash Passport.
Keep bags with you at all times and, if possible, wear the strap across your body. When visiting crowded places, place some items (wallet, mobile phone) in your pockets so that if you’re unfortunate enough to have your bag stolen, you can still call the police and get back to your hotel.
Most of us have the latest phones, cameras and tablets. Be wary of showing them off in crowded places and don’t leave them on the table in restaurants and bars.
Remember that alcohol dulls your senses, impedes your awareness and affects your judgement. Please consider this when out enjoying yourself. If possible, make sure you can see your drinks being poured and never leave them unattended.
Choose only licensed taxis and settle on a price before you get in. If travelling alone, sit behind the driver.
Avoid confrontational situations and any large gatherings of people that you don’t normally associate with such as demonstrations and protests. If at any stage a situation just doesn’t feel right, then walk away.
If you’re unfortunate to be in the vicinity of a hostile or violent incident, leave immediately and contact the police. If you’re unable to leave, find somewhere to hide, lock the door, keep as quiet as possible (remember to turn your phone to silent) and contact the police.