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A Guide for International Travelers





ISBN 9781466559448
Published July 15, 2013 by Routledge
376 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Maintain peace of mind while you are working or living abroadwherever and however you travel.

As an international traveler, you know there are risks. But are you doing everything you can to protect yourself and your belongings? Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers enables you to prevent security incidents and react in life-saving ways during a crisis. This comprehensive manual answers questions such as: Which criteria should you use for selecting the safest hotel or airline? How to deal with corrupt officials? What are special considerations for women, families, elderly, or travelers with disabilities? What support can you expect from your organization and what are your responsibilities?

  • Benefit from lessons learned from leading experts and seasoned travelers
  • Learn how criminals select their targets and manipulate situations, whether for street crime or serious attack such as kidnapping or terrorism
  • See yourself from the local perspective
  • Deal with common travel inconveniences and stress factors proactively
  • Improve your situational awareness
  • Increase your effectiveness by realistically assessing threats
  • Make the most out of the opportunities that traveling brings

Tanya Spencer has traveled extensively to high-risk destinations and has trained 1000s of people how to safely navigate the complexities of international travel. Emphasizing prevention, the book covers medical, cultural, and political considerations, so you understand exactly what you must do before and while you are abroad. It provides flexible frameworks, models, and tools that allow you to easily apply the wealth of tips and advice to any travel situation you might face. Before your next trip, benefit from these time-tested strategies for proactively managing travel risks.

Table of Contents

Before You Go
Proactively Analyzing the Risks 
     Threat Assessment 
     Context Assessment 
     Situational Analysis 
     Life Is Full of Risks, but Opportunities Come to Those Who Manage Them
Personal Considerations and Vulnerability Analysis 
     Business Travelers 
     Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Travelers 
     Women Travelers 
     Travelers with Disabilities 
     Elderly Travelers 
     Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender Travelers
     Traveling Families 
     Religious Travelers
Building Situational Awareness
Planning and Preparing
Organizational Considerations 
     Duty of Care 
     Duty of Loyalty
Political Considerations
Cultural Considerations
Medical Considerations
Insurance
Personal Belongings and Documents 
     Pack with Security in Mind 
     "Secret Stash" 
     Safer Luggage and Belongings 
     Travel Documents
Information Security: Identity Theft and Industrial Espionage
     Identity Theft 
     Industrial Espionage
Communication Equipment and Procedures
     Communication Equipment 
     Communication Procedures 
     Communication Contingencies
Airports and Airlines
Transportation
Accommodation
Home Protection
Well-Being: Dealing with Fear, Anxiety, and Insecurity
Worth Knowing, Before You Go: Chapter 1 Summary
References

While Traveling
Understanding the Potential Risks While Traveling 
     Safest and Most Dangerous Locations: Worldwide Comparison 
     Murder 
     Terrorism 
     Sexual Violence 
     Kidnapping 
     Carjackings/Hijackings 
     Civic Unrest 
     Information Security 
     Crime 
     Corruption 
     Natural Disasters and Complex Emergencies 
     Life Is Full of Risks, but Opportunities Come to Those Who Manage Them
Personal Considerations 
     Business Travelers 
     Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Travelers 
     Women Travelers
     Travelers with Disabilities
     Elderly Travelers 
     Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender Travelers 
     Traveling Families 
     Religious Travelers
Implementing Situational Awareness
Preparedness
Organizational Considerations
Political Considerations
Cultural Considerations
Medical Considerations
Insurance
Personal Belongings and Documents 
     Wallets and Purses
     Prioritize Safeguarding Valuable Documents 
     As You Move About
Information Security: Identity Theft and Industrial Espionage
     Opportunistic Threats 
     Determined Threats
Communication Equipment and Procedures 
     Mobile Phones 
     Laptop Computers
Airports and Airlines
Transportation 
     Walking 
     Using Public Transportation 
     Taking Taxis 
     Renting Vehicles 
     Approaching Your Vehicle 
     Driving Around 
     Parking Safely 
     Getting through Checkpoints
Accommodation 
     Safe Residential Living
Crime and Corruption 
     Snatching 
     Distracting 
     Befriending/Confi dence Scams 
     At Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) 
     Credit Card Skimming 
     Violent Crime 
     After a Crime 
     Corruption
Well-Being: Stress Management
Worth Knowing, While Traveling: Chapter 2 Summary
References

Extreme Risks
Preventing and Reacting to Extreme Risks 
     Life Is Full of Risks, but Opportunities Come to Those Who Manage Them
Surveillance 
     Know How to Read the Signposts and Indicators 
     Know How to Prevent and React 
     Know How to React if Followed by a Vehicle While Driving
Kidnapping 
     Basics: Facts, Stats, and Definitions
     Motivation: The "Why’s" and How These Affect You 
     Stages: What Is Happening and Your Response Options 
     Captivity: What to Expect 
     Prevention: How Not to Become a Victim
Sexual Violence
Carjackings 
     Surviving a Carjacking
Demonstrations and Riots
Plane Crash 
     Prepare for "Best Available Decisions" before a "Worst-Case Scenario" 
     Choose the Safest Seat, or Can You? 
     Survive the Initial Impact 
     Expect a Fire and Get Out
Medical Emergencies
Terrorist Attacks 
     Analysis Aids Avoidance 
     Life-Saving Reactions during an Actual Attack, but Prevention Is Still Best
Worth Knowing, Extreme Risks: Chapter 3 Summary
References

Further Reading and Resources
General Preparation: Threat, Context, and Situational Assessments
Personal Preparations, Planning, and Packing
Business Travelers
Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Travelers
Women Travelers
Travelers with Disabilities
Elderly Travelers
Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender Travelers
Traveling Families
Religious Travelers
Accommodations
Active Listening Skills
Air Travel
Corruption
Credit Cards Skimming and ATMs
Crime: Street and Violent
Cultural Considerations
Date Rape Drugs
Demonstrations and Civil Unrest
Duty of Care/Duty of Loyalty
Home Security
Honey Traps, Social Engineering, Scams, and Psychological Tricks
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Landmines, and Grenades
Industrial Espionage
Information Security, Identity Theft, and Social Media
Information Security: Recovery Steps for Lost or Stolen Data
Insurance
Kidnappings
Medical Considerations and First Aid
Mobile Devices: Laptops, Phones, and Tablets
Money Matters
Natural Disasters
Political Considerations
Sexual Violence and Harassment
Situational Awareness
Surveillance
Terrorism
Transportation: Driving and Rental Vehicles
Transportation: Public Transportation and Walking
Transportation: Taxis
Transportation Hazards: Accidents
Transportation Hazards: Carjacking/Hijacking
Transportation Hazards: Checkpoints

Well-Being, Stress, and Fear

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Author(s)

Biography

When Tanya Spencer was 18 years old, Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan human rights activist, personally thanked her for helping save countless lives because Tanya ran an alert network that involved writing to U.S. politicians about urgent cases. Rigoberta Menchu, many years later, was the first indigenous woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tanya’s professional career, spanning over 25 years, has focused on supporting people’s ability to work and live with a "peace of mind."

She owns TrainingSolutions, a provider of travel security and crisis management courses, consultations, and coaching for global organizations. Tanya has trained thousands of people (the United Nations, governments, business people, engineers, journalists, refugees, aid workers, rural people, amongst others) for an A–Z range of destinations, literally Albania to Zimbabwe and most countries in between. She has traveled to more than 40 countries, most of them "hot spots." Tanya’s approach to travel security is based on insights gained from her intercultural, interreligious, and international experiences.

Internationally published, Tanya has written about travel security, peace education and confl ict resolution, security management, international policy, and leadership skills for security professionals. She is active in ASIS International, the world’s largest security network, as an Assistant Regional Vice President, the European representative for Women in Security, and a member of the Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council. She served four years as a board member of the ASIS Denmark chapter and was named the Danish chapter’s Member of the Year, 2009.

Her educational credentials include an MSc in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics, a BA in peace and conflict studies and a diploma in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and management certificates from Wharton/ASIS International and the University of London.

Reviews

Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers provides the perfect mix of lessons-learned, tools, and recommendations from experts so that readers can personalize their own approach to managing travel risks. If followed, the information provided will allow readers to get out and experience the local culture while still traveling safely.
—Bernie Sullivan, Director Global Security, Hanesbrands Inc.

...a must-have for any traveler. Having worked in South and Southeast Asia, I know the advice provided in the book holds the key to keeping safe, avoiding dangerous situations, and managing threats when they occur. The book’s methodological framework, combined with the author’s extensive experience and hands-on knowledge, provide very practical and useful advice.
Kathrine Alexandrowiz, Independent consultant at Kathalyst, former coordinator for the "Regional Risk Management Project for NGOs in Asia Pacific" (ECHO)

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a go-to guide for all travelers irrespective of mission or purpose. An excellent piece of work.
—Major Avtar Singh, CPP, CFE, CAS, Chairman, ASIS International New Delhi, India, Chapter # 207

This is a must-read book and an invaluable resource for global corporations and international business travelers—those concerned with security and safety issues while working and living abroad. Personal stories from experienced travelers, combined with Spencer’s expert advice, highlight a broad range of critical issues, particularly ways to avoid risk and danger during worldwide travels.
Christina Fuglsbjerg, Global Mobility Specialist, AS3 Companies

Each of us have individual reasons that compel us to travel—for recreation, for passion, or for our work. Travel security awareness is critical and something that should be ever-present, though that is not always the case. The author provides the reader with an original, easy-to-read book that makes the perils of travel, and how to manage them, understandable even to non-security experts. Happy reading and safe travels!
—Federico Bernasconi, Head of Security, Prysmian Group

In today’s uncertain world, Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers is essential reading for business and leisure travelers the world over. Using her wealth of experience and knowledge, Spencer delivers a highly informative and invaluable guide, presenting personal safeguards and precautions—both pre- and post-departure—that can be taken. A highly recommended read.
Adrian Shaw, Founder of Expatcompare and Head of Medical & Travel—AAIB; specialist in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and frontier markets