Authored by Insureandgo.com.au
Holidaying with your teens is a great way to bond before they grow up and leave the nest, and taking them overseas can be an incredible family experience. But how can you make sure they stay safe while travelling?
Find Ways to Stay Connected
Whether you set up international roaming or buy a phone/SIM overseas, mobiles are the perfect way to stay connected with your kids, especially if they’re older and want to do a bit of exploring on their own.
If you have a smartphone, you can also take advantage of apps like Whatsapp (messaging) or Glympse (location sharing) too. Writing phone numbers down on a piece of paper can be handy too, just in case the phone runs out of battery or ends up lost.
Educate Them About the Destination
Have a discussion with your kids about your destination before you leave for the trip. Let them know what to expect in relation to safety, health, local customs, scams/theft and general dos-and-don’ts.
If they’re not interested in listening, encourage them to research the destination themselves and ask them to educate the rest of the family.
At this point, you might want to set a few ground rules too, like staying in sight at all times if teens are on the younger side or avoiding certain areas for those old enough to be on their own.
Organize Meeting Points
If your kids are fine to spend a bit of time on their own, organize meeting points and times for later in the day.
Ensure you have a good idea of where they’re going, double-check their phones are working and make sure they’re equipped with a map or GPS so they’ll know how to get from their location to your meeting point.
Pinpoint Local Help
Find out where the local police stations, hospitals, embassies (or similar) are in your destination, and write these down and/or program them into your phone (and your kids’ phones).
If you or your kids get into an emergency, fast access to these numbers can come in handy.
Cover the Whole Family with Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is essential for your entire family, kids included. Make sure you and your kids have cover for things like medical/hospital, cancellation, luggage, activities and more.
Avoid any actions or activities that could render your insurance void (e.g. driving without seatbelts).
Register with Your Government Authority
Register your holiday plans for each member of your family with your relevant government authority. For Australian’s this is Smartraveller.gov.au.
If you do experience an emergency overseas, your registration can assist authorities in finding out where you are and if possible, allow them to provide you with help.
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