is advisable to hire a safe deposit locker to store your valuables,
money, passport etc., Keep the safe deposit key always with you,
if you loose them most of the hotels take a long duration to break-open
the locker and it may cost you.
IN THE SEA
your start swimming in the sea try and learn the currents, tides
and the depth. It is advisable to swim parallel to the shore.
Do not swim during the monsoon, after eating and after drinking
alcohol. Do not swim were there are water sports activities.
are fire safety instruction in most of the Hotels please read
the same before start of your holidays. Try and familiarize with
emergency exit, locate fire extinguishers etc., If you find fire
do not panic, leave your apartment to a safe area and inform the
If your apartment has cooking
facility ensure to switch off the burners and gas cylinders before
leaving your apartment.
in banned in public places in India. Do not smoke in the public
places if you are caught by the cops you may have to pay a large
fine. After smoking extinguish cigarettes and use ashtray, do
not drop the ash in bins and do not smoke in bed.
in Goa is 220 to 240 do not use electrical appliances which are
below 220 Volt or above 250 volt. If you find any loose wire do
not touch them it may be a live wire instead inform the authorities
at once. Keep children away from electrical equipment.
children are near the balcony it is advisable to supervise them.
Avoid sitting on the railings of the balcony and do not attempt
to claim the baloney.
is advisable to keep a touch when you go out during the night
time. Do not accept any eatables form unknown person.
is a easygoing destination for women travelers: incidents of sexual
harassment are relatively rare, and opportunities to meet local
women frequent. It is advisable to remember the significant cultural
differences. Swimsuits and bikinis are no monger deemed indecent,
especially if worn with a sarong. Topless bathing and Nudism is
illegal and against Indian culture.
travelers mistakenly imagine that because of Goa's free and easy
reputation, drug use is legal. But possession of even a tiny amount
of cannabis is a criminal offense, punishable by large fines or
prison sentences of up to ten years or life term. In the past,
minor crimes were usually cleared up on the spot with out-of-court
settlements. These days, you can expect to be relieved of all
your cash and valuables, and required to leave the state within
24 hours, if you're lucky - the grim of Fort
Aguada prison accommodates
several drug peddlers.
is recommended not to ignore the travel insurance wherever you
travel. In covering medical expenses and emergency flights, it
is also insures your money and belongings against loss or theft.
Flights paid for with a major credit or charge card offer some
automatic cover, but usually only while traveling to and from
your destination. Some package tours, too, many include insurance,
but package operators more commonly offer an insurance deal as
an extra; it might be worth checking against alternative policies,
though difference in price and cover are likely to be slight.
check the fine print of a policy. A 24-hour medical emergency
contact number is a must, and one of the rare policies that pays
your medical bills directly, is far better than one that reimburses
you on your return home. The per article limit for loss or theft
should cover your most valuable possession, but, conversely, don't
pay for cover you don't need, such as too much baggage or a huge
sum for personal liability. Make sure, too, that you are covered
for all the things you intend to do. Activities like climbing
are usually specifically excluded, but can be added for a supplement.
travelers may benefit from annual insurance policies, but these
usually put an upper limit on the duration any single trip, likely
to be ninety days at most.
UK - Columbus - Tele. No. 0101-375 0011 is about the cheapest,
offering one month's standard cover or for three months. You may
also try through Worldwide Travel Insurance Services Ltd., whose
policies are sold direct from their head branch - Tele. No. 01892-833338
or fax 837744. Endsleigh, who sell policies through most major
youth/student travel agent - Tele. No. 0171-436 4451 or 01234-817
US travelers should carefully check their current insurance policies
before taking out a new one. You may discover that you are already
covered for medical and other losses while abroad. Holders of
ISIC cards are entitled to be reimbursed for $3000 worth of accident
coverage and sixty days of in-patient benefits of up to $100 a
day for the period the card is valid. If you do want a specific
travel insurance policy, there are numerous kinds to choose from;
short-term combination policies covering everything from baggage
loss or broken legs are the best bet, you may choose for thirty
days, and additional per day for extra days, will buy you coverage
of prepaid airfare and accommodation expenses of up to $25000,
plus $ 10000 primary medical coverage. Insurance companies you
might try include - Travel Guard Tele.No.1-800/826-1300, website
noelgroup.com: Access America International Tele.No. 1-800/284-8300
and Worldwide Assistance Tele.No. 1-800/821-2828.
Australia and New Zealand, the airlines and travel agents groups
such as UTAG, at 122 Walker St, North Sydney, put travel insurance
together. Tele.No.02/9956 8399, toll-free Tele.No. 1800/809 462:
Cover-More, at 32 Walker St, Sydney. Tele.No.02/9202 8000, toll-free
Tele.No. 1800/251 881: and Ready Plan, 141-147 Walker St, Victoria
Tele.No. 1300/555 017 or 63 Albert St, Auckland Tele.No. 09/379
3208. Most adventure sports are covered, but are advisable to
check you policy first.
MAKING A INSURANCE
you need to make a claim, you must have a police report in the
case of theft or loss. Your policy document will include the relevant
form, which should be taken to the nearest police post to be signed
and stamped as soon after the loss as possible.
for medical expenses require supporting evidence of treatment
in the form of bills, through with some policies, doctors and
hospitals will be able to bill your insurers direct. Keep photocopies
of everything you sent to the insurer and don't allow months to
elapse before informing them. Write immediately and tell them
what's happened; you can usually claim later.