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The Best Ways to Stay Safe While Traveling

10 Expert Tips From an Ex-NATO Director

What are the best ways to stay safe while traveling? Experts recommend staying home if possible, but if you need to travel this summer, we’ve produced a guide together with an ex-NATO director—our Head of Safety, Johann Jones⁠—to help you stay safe. After spending years working for the U.S. Government and NATO in Afghanistan and Iraq advising senior personnel on risk factors and scenarios, Johann is an expert in safety, security, emergency incident management, crisis management and risk mitigation. 

Together with our emergency response team, Johann ensures Tourlane travelers are safe on every step of their journey. He constantly monitors and assesses risk factors in each Tourlane destination to ensure travelers have up-to-date information on safety before they depart, and have support during their trip. 

Here are the top travel safety tips from veteran safety expert Johann:

Comment voyager sereinement pendant l'épidémie de Covid-19?

Quels que soient vos projets de vacances en 2020 (séjour hors Hexagone, staycation), vous vous demandez peut-être comment voyager sereinement malgré la crise du coronavirus qui e boulversé nos habitudes de voyage. Découvrez les 10 conseils de voyage sur mesure de notre expert sécurité, Johann Jones, pour préparer au mieux votre vacances et profiter de votre séjour en toute sécurité une fois sur place.

Remarque : Afin de donner aux voyageurs un aperçu des destinations qu'ils peuvent envisager pour des réservations immédiates et futures, toutes destinations répondant aux critères d'entrée au classement (voir méthodologie) ont été inclus, y compris certaines dont les frontières n'ont pas encore été rouvertes (ex. La Thaïlande). 

L'avis de Johann Jones, responsable sécurité chez Tourlane : « Avec la crise du COVID-19, les voyageurs se sensibilisent de plus en plus aux questions de sécurité. Grâce à notre expertise, nous avons créé un ensemble de critères qu’ils peuvent utiliser pour les aider à choisir leur prochaine destination de voyage malgré le contexte actuel. »

For your accommodation, choose to stay in a vacation rental, lodge, or small boutique hotel. This will help you to avoid crowds and buffets.

Opt for a vacation in the great outdoors and in other areas of low population density. National parks are lower risk compared to cities.

Choose a destination with good weather, and maximize time spent outdoors. Good weather makes it easier to eat outside, which is safer.

Using contactless payment is the safest, most hygienic form of payment. Look for taxis that accept contactless and avoid using cash.

While traveling, avoid spending time in lines at all costs. This is a good reason to avoid airports and flying, as they typically involve you waiting in multiple lines.

If you need to fly, choose more expensive direct flights over one-stop itineraries. This reduces contact with others, queueing, and time spent in airports.

Choose an airline that has direct flights and a free middle seat policy. Check the airlines’ websites for their latest updates on this topic.

The best seat to reserve in advance is a window seat as far away from the restrooms as possible. Check aircraft online seat maps for more info.

About Johann

Johann Jones is Tourlane's Head of Safety & Sustainability. He has over 15 years of international development experience with a strong focus on governance, socio-economic development, and security in high and extreme risk countries. He has worked for the United States Department of Defense and was Deputy Director Operations for NATO in Afghanistan.

Having visited well over 50 countries so far, Johann is a seasoned and passionate traveler. Johann holds an MA in Arabic & Economics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, as well as an MBA from Solvay Business School in Brussels, Belgium.

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