l Before travelling, make copies of all your travel documents in case disaster strikes.

l Find out from your hotel or hosts which areas are safe – and avoid walking around with cameras clearly visible dangling over your shoulder.

l Keep your cellphone charged – but beware the hidden costs of cellphone roaming.

l Watch your baggage at foreign airports – apart from theft there is also the danger of it being blown up by assiduous security.

l Ensure you have some cash on you for airport stop-overs. - Weekend Argus