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 right reasons.

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 potential dangers:

  • 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 at night.
  • 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 under duress.
  • 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.
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