December 12, 2012
'I'll be coming home for Christmas'
It's always a wonderful surprise when friends and family abroad come home, especially for Christmas. At this time of the year, having family for dinners, story-telling under the Christmas tree, shopping and simply laying around enjoying the festivities is something everyone longs for. Therefore, for all those who are coming home - welcome back.
However, please bear in mind that although you are coming home for the holidays, you are a visitor and must be extra careful. Here are some tips to get you safely through the holidays:
Plan your visits in advance. Get advice from your hotel or nearest local tourist information office.
Where possible, use registered, qualified and recognised tourist guides.
At Your Accommodation
Do not leave your luggage and belongings unattended.
Store valuables in the hotel's safe at reception or in your room's safe (if supplied).
Always keep your hotel room and any sliding door or windows locked.
Never open your room door unless you have identified the person who has knocked on your door. If in doubt, contact reception for verification.
It is advisable to hand in the keys to your room at reception when going out.
Do not entertain the advances or undesirable, strange or suspicious persons. Report such people to management.
Use the main entrance of the hotel when you arrive late at night.
On the Street
Follow the applicable general tips.
If possible, plan your route beforehand.
Where possible, explore the streets in groups and stick to well-lit, busy streets.
Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert.
Walk on or close to the curb and face on-coming traffic.
Avoid alleyways and dense shrubs and bushes.
Use credit cards instead of cash where possible.
Avoid ostentatious displays of wealth.
If you need information, ask a traffic officer, police officer, security officer or shopkeeper.
Avoid jogging or cycling alone and at night. Plan your route beforehand. Vary your routine and route.
If you need to make use of a taxi, ask your hotel or the local tourism information office to recommend a reliable service to you.