Work Smart. Work Safe.
Keep your "Heads Up" and work safe!

Exploring the world in safety and style

By Caitlin Kehoe

I recently went on a (fantastic!) trip to Ireland and, in the weeks before I left, my brain was going a mile a minute. What if I forgot something? What if I didn’t have enough money? What if—gasp!—I ran out of cute outfits to wear?

Most of my concerns could be quelled with packing lists and budgets, but what if I was robbed? What if I got lost or became sick?

Whether you’re travelling for work or leisure, the good news is that taking certain precautions before and during your trip won’t require a lot of time or effort and the peace of mind you’ll get in return will make your adventures all the more enjoyable!

We were lucky to have great weather most of the time, but Ireland wouldn’t be Ireland without rain! Be sure to pack appropriately for the climate you will be visiting.

We were lucky to have great weather most of the time, but Ireland wouldn’t be Ireland without rain!  Be sure to pack appropriately for the climate you will be visiting.

Do your homework. For me, planning is half the fun! Reading all about Ireland got me super excited but I did it for more than just personal interest; it also helped keep me safe.

While listing must-see sights, keep note of risky areas to avoid. If you don’t speak the native language, try learning a few words like “thank you” and “help”. Don’t forget to read up about local taboos, which could be different than what we are used to in Canada. If I had used a backwards peace sign while ordering two pints in Ireland, for instance, I might have been asking for trouble!

Have a sick trip (but a healthy body). Head to the Government of Canada’s travel website and look up any health or safety advisories including vaccinations that you may need. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you—especially in germ-filled airports and on public transport—and know the generic names of any medications you bring in case you need to replace them.

Travelling is expensive, but consider spending a bit more to purchase travel insurance, which can cover everything from dental emergencies to broken limbs. Luckily, I didn’t have to use mine in Ireland but if I had, the $200 spent on coverage would be a much easier pill to swallow than a hefty hospital bill.


No trip to Ireland would be complete without a few pints of Guinness (and those 360 degree views of Dublin are pretty great too!).

Be a lightweight. No, I’m not talking about in the pubs! Packing light has always been a struggle for me. This is fine when I can drop my suitcase in a hotel room and forget about it but not when I have to lug it across a country. In Ireland, I saved myself (and my back) by packing smart. You probably don’t need as much as you think, even for long vacations. Doing laundry midway through your trip and sharing essentials, like shampoo and conditioner, with your travel partner will help lighten your load.


Views like this were my reward for months of planning and I’d gladly do it all over again.

So, as they say in Ireland, slàinte, or cheers to your health! Happy travels.

What are your best tips for travelling safely? Let us know in the comments below.

No Responses to “Exploring the world in safety and style”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: