Not all countries are as safe to travel in as your own – unless you live in a country prone to war, civil strife, bomb blasts or high crime. Like, er, many of us, come to think of it.
Anyhow, its sound practice to make sure that you are well briefed by your organisation, your intended clients or your own research regarding the safety issues of your destination.
If something unexpected does occur, like the Asian Tsunami or a bomb blast, what are your back-up strategies? Are you checking in with anyone? Can they get you out of the country fast? Does your insurance cover unexpected human-made disasters?
If you need to be in a country that is experiencing unrest, stay away from ‘soft targets’ such as shopping malls, banks and transportation centres. If something does happen, make sure someone back in the office knows what is going on both for yourself and your clients and can make arrangements.
The most improbable disasters do occur: I was caught in Lower Manhattan on September 11th 2001 having only stopped off in