Nightlife Safety Abroad
Part of the whole holidaying experience is enjoying
the nightlife on offer. However, many travellers get into unnecessary trouble
by partying too hard and forgetting about simple safety. Parties and festivals
are great fun and enjoyed by many but for some they can be fraught with
potential dangers like drink spiking, assault, and imprisonment. If you are
planning to attend a night-time event overseas, think about personal safety and
take appropriate precautions to ensure that the trip is remembered for all the
Some countries are safer than others are but when
spirits are high, people become reckless, so all precautions apply whether
attending a Spanish nightclub, German beer festival, full moon party on a
remote island or any kind of entertainment in a foreign country.
Following these simple rules will lessen risks and
- Plan before going out
and make sure that transport options are organised. Find out when the last
service runs if using public transport. This applies to boats and ferries
if attending an island party and do ensure that these carry appropriate
safety equipment and life jackets. Try not to travel alone, particularly
- Know your limits and
stay sober enough to be aware of surroundings. Being drunk may affect
judgement and make risk-taking more likely. Avoid driving or swimming if
under the influence of alcohol and do be aware that insurance policies may
withdraw cover if injuries are sustained while under the influence of
drink or drugs.
- Avoid taking drugs.
Drug importation, possession, and use incur severe penalties in many
countries, resulting in imprisonment and even the death penalty. The
newspapers often report stories of unwitting travellers being caught up in
drug offences and spending years in foreign prisons away from friends and
families. It simply is not worth the risk.
- Leave valuables,
documents, and passports in a safe place at your hostel or hotel. Having
these stolen will result in valuable holiday time and money being spent on
arranging for funds to be sent from home or having a passport reissued.
- Stay in a group
wherever possible. Keep a note of friends’ mobile numbers and organise a
place to meet in case anyone is separated. Do not go home alone or with
someone you have just met, particularly in a strange place.
- Check price lists
before ordering services in an unknown bar, restaurant or club. Pay for
drinks as they are purchased and avoid running up a bill wherever
possible. Be aware that in some bars there is often pressure to buy drinks
for bar girls and these can be expensive. There have been cases of
tourists being faced with unexpectedly high bills and being forced to pay
- Be aware of drink
spiking. Do not accept drinks from strangers and never leave a drink
unattended. Keep an eye on friends and if anyone feels sick or dizzy seek
medical care immediately.