With Easter fast approaching, it's the perfect time to put down the books and explore more of your host country. While travel is all about fun and exploration, it is important to ensure your safety remains a top priority. Here are some tips on how to stay safe while travelling around Australia or New Zealand this Easter.
Just remember that if you need support, safety or medical assistance or just someone to talk to, our Sonder support team is available 24/7 to chat whenever you need it.
To make sure your trip is both safe and enjoyable:
1. Plan your route and inform others
Before you embark on your trip, plan your route and inform someone of your itinerary. Let them know where you are going and when you expect to arrive at each destination. This is particularly important if you are travelling alone or in a remote area where mobile phone coverage may be limited.
You can also plan ahead by researching your route and looking out for any travel hazards. The Sonder safety map feature will show risks like bushfires and road closures. Check the weather before you go and make sure you are prepared.
2. Stay alert and aware
Australia and New Zealand are safe countries, but you should still be aware of your surroundings, particularly in busy or unfamiliar areas, and keep an eye on your belongings. Avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables, and keep important documents such as passports and travel insurance in a secure location. Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and trust your instincts if something seems out of place. Always lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight.
3. Be prepared for emergencies
No matter how well you plan your trip, unexpected emergencies can still occur. When you're leaving the city, pack a first aid kit, extra water and snacks and make sure your phone is fully charged - you might want to bring a battery pack as well.
It's easy to get lost while hiking, even in popular tourist areas, so consider an emergency beacon so you can contact rescuers if you get lost or injured. These can be hired from national parks in Australia and New Zealand, and are helpful if you are out of mobile range.
4. Drive Safely
If you're driving during your trip, make sure you adhere to local traffic laws and regulations. This includes wearing a seatbelt at all times, obeying speed limits, and avoiding distractions such as using your mobile phone or eating while driving. Be cautious when driving at night, particularly in rural areas where wildlife may be present on the road.
5. Respect the Environment
Australia and New Zealand are home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. When travelling, it's important to respect the environment and practice responsible tourism. This includes avoiding littering, respecting wildlife and their habitats, following designated trails and pathways and paying attention to signs and safety barriers.
The surf down under can also be rough, so make sure to always swim between the flags, apply sunscreen and look out for rips.
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Information sourced from: Department of Conservation NZ, Australia.com, Smart Traveller.
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