Road Safety & Public Transportation: If you will be driving, be cognizant that road surfaces may not be up to the standard you are accustomed in your home country. As an example, Switzerland has some of the best road surfaces and lowest traffic accidents in the world. In comparison, Madagascar is known to have few paved and safe roads to travel on. If using public transportation, be knowledgeable about the safety record of the subway systems, buses and taxi services. Some older systems in less developed countries do not meet the stricter safety requirements that most are used to in the West.
Availability & Access to Healthcare: Falling ill or suffering from an injury in another country can be frightening and potentially life threatening. Does the host country have adequate and available healthcare? Does your insurance provide coverage for services outside of your home country and are there provisions for emergency evacuation? This is an important consideration that most people forget.
Key Points of Contact: It is very important to have names, numbers and addresses of key contacts within the area of travel. Save contact information for consulates and embassies. Also, know how to reach emergency services. In the United States, the number is 911 but, in the UK, it is 999. Ensure that someone (friends, family or business associates) know where you are and have a way to contact you. In times of emergency, seconds count and knowing how to contact help is critical.
Emergency Evacuation: A key component of any security and risk management plan is to have a way out. Are plans and assets in place to hasten your departure due to an emergency, civil unrest or illness? Do you have an open-ended transportation ticket? Who will you contact to assist evacuate you, your colleagues or loved ones?