9 tips for a safe night out

Here are a few things to watch out for when you're living it up away from home.
Remember, your travel insurance may not cover you if the direct cause of your claim was too much alcohol, or reckless or unlawful behaviour. 


Plan how to get back to your accommodation. The last thing you want is to be lost late at night in an unfamiliar place. Our tip: Take a business card from the hotel to give to your taxi driver. Eating is not cheating - it may slow down alcohol absorption. Some people claim that steamed asparagus, almonds, eggs and hummus have superpowers - but the main thing is to fill your stomach with food.   

Alcohol and dancing rapidly dehydrates. Space your drinks with bottled water - contaminated tap water is a leading source of health problems for travellers. Pack light and right. If you're heading out to dance all night, take only the items you really need. It's easier to keep a small bag on your person - if you leave your bag unattended whilst you are dancing and it is stolen, your belongings may not be covered by your travel insurance.
Ditch overcrowded venues. It's easy to lose your mates and there's other risks such as balcony collapses and fires in countries that may not have the same safety regulations as Australia. Beware bootleg spirits. Fake alcohol might be cheap, but it can cause health problems. If the label looks wrong or homemade, or your beverage smells like nail polish remover, don't risk it.
Drink spiking is a risk wherever there's partygoers and alcohol. Buy your own drinks - bottles are safest since they're sealed. If in doubt, throw it out. Is your taxi really a taxi? Google search pictures of official taxis before you arrive. Check that your ride is registered and metered. Be wary if you are approached by a driver offering a lift, especially if they become pushy or promise a discount.
Head home with your friends. Look out for your mates and travel back to your accommodation together.  



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