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Be sure to research whether local food is safe to eat to avoid food poisoning and sickness.

Each year millions of Australians travel abroad - of those, an estimated 20,000 find themselves in difficult circumstances requiring assistance from an Australian government missioni. While some unfortunate situations are well beyond a person's control, there are precautions that you can take to prevent some of the more likely ones from happening.

Staying healthy

Your health and well-being can make a huge difference to your trip overseas. You can maximise your enjoyment and appreciation of the local culture, people, sights and food by simply doing your homework and making the right decisions when it comes to your health.

Keeping your valuables and money safe

Knowing where your valuables and money are at all times can save you a lot of time, money and paperwork.

If possible, keep your valuables locked away in a safe provided by your accommodation.

Having fun responsibly

If you're planning a night out with travel companions or new friends, be sure to pay attention to the little things because they might keep you out of a lot of trouble.

Staying in touch

Staying in contact with family and friends in Australia is crucial when travelling. It saves them a lot of stress and worry, and can also improve your personal safety should anything happen.

Being aware, prepared, taking simple precautions overseas and registering with Smartraveller before you depart can make your trip overseas less stressful and more enjoyable. Comprehensive travel insurance is another way to protect yourself: it includes medical and repatriation cover.


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http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travel-smart.html

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http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/health.html

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http://www.who.int/topics/malaria/en/

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http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Dengue_fever

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http://smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/United_Kingdom

vii Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Smartraveller 2013, Backpacking, Australian Government, viewed 29 August 2013,
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/backpacking.html

viii Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Smartraveller 2013, International travel checklist, Australian Government, viewed 29 August 2013,
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/checklist.html

ix Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Smartraveller 2013, Scams, Australian Government, viewed 29 August 2013,
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/scams.html

x Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Smartraveller 2013, Partying overseas, Australian Government, viewed 29 August 2013,
http://smartraveller.gov.au/tips/partying.html

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http://smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travel-smart.html#11

xii Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Smartraveller 2013, Getting help overseas, Australian Government, viewed 29 August 2013,
http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/help.html