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Trip.com are a part of the Ctrip Group, a NASDAQ listed company since 2003 (NASDAQ: CTRP) with over 30,000 employees and over 300 million members, making it one of the leading online travel agencies in the world.
With more than 1.2 million hotels in 200 countries and regions, the company has built an extensive hotel network to give their customers a fantastic choice of accommodation.
Their far-reaching flight network has over 2 million individual flight routes connecting more than 5,000 cities around the globe. Combining this with their 24/7 customer service team speaking multiple languages via phone, email, or directly through their mobile Trip.com app. You can trust them to take care of your next trip.
The website is operated by Ctrip.com (Hong Kong) Limited, a Hong Kong entity duly incorporated and registered in Hong Kong. Trip.com is part of the Ctrip Group of companies and is licensed under the Travel Agents Ordinance under license number 352367.
No matter where in the world you want the go, have they got you covered. From flights and hotels, to rental cars and attraction tickets, their extensive network connects you with all corners of the globe.
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From The Trip.com Blog
Security Tips To Make You A Savvy Traveller Traveling Overseas
When you travel overseas, sometimes it becomes hard to blend in like a local. Depending on where you are going you may look different, but the giant bags, comfortable shoes, and cameras are pretty much a “tourist” marker. Since you stand out so much, it only makes sense that you will want to be safe during your trip.
- Communicate!Make sure that the relevant people are aware of where you will be going and the times you will be there. Even if you are just meandering your way and don’t have a set destination, you can still let your friends and family know where you should be.
- Safety starts at home.Don’t make it too obvious that you are going to be away, or you may come home to a house that has been emptied of all your valuables. If you can get someone trusted to house-sit while you are way, it may be worth it. If not, try timers to turn on the lights and even the TV. Make sure that doors and windows are secure. Ask someone to collect your mail and paper so it’s not piling up. Even making arrangements to get your lawn mowed can help confuse would be thieves.
- Make copies of all your important documents.This includes your passport, visas, driver’s license, credit cards, itineraries, and important phone numbers. Keep them stored in your hotel room safe while you are out and about, or safely stowed deep inside your carry-on luggage whilst traveling.
- Don’t carry all your cards and cash in the same place.In case you get robbed, or your bag gets stolen, it’s helpful to have other options. Keeping around $200 “safety cash” means that at worst, you can find a place to stay, get a meal and get in touch with people who can help you. Keeping a separate bank or credit card means that other cards get stolen or compromised, you still have one that you can use.
- Speaking of credit cards, inform your bank of your travel plans.Most card companies now employ scam algorithms. This means that they look at your buying history for anything that seems out of the ordinary. They will lock a card from being used when this happens, and you will most likely have to show proof of identity to get it back. This can be difficult when you are in a different country and time zone. So, let them know in advance to lessen your chance of being frozen out of your own funds!
- Get informed about where you are going.Many government and travel websites will let you know about any dangers or political cultures of your destinations and how safe it is to travel there. You should be aware that in some places, you may be expected to dress or act differently, and by leaving Australia, you may be leaving some of your rights and entitlements behind. As an example, you may be asked to cover your arms or legs whilst in public or in a temple. Refusing to do so could lead your arrest, so it’s best to do your research.
- See your doctor before you go in case you need any immunisations.If you need daily medicine, you may need to have certified doctor’s certificates for you to be allowed them. In some Asian countries for example, opioids like oxycodone are illegal to be transported in the country even if you have a prescription for them.
- Keep your eyes on your belongings. Whether you are waiting in airports or in lines, be aware of yourself and your belongings. Don’t walk away from your bags even for a moment, and try to keep everything fastened and zipped. It may seem easier to keep that large bag pocket open to pull out your camera, but it’s also easier for someone to just reach in and pull out your items. Resist the urge to keep anything in your back pocket either.
- Be sceptical of what strangers are trying to tell you.If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers are especially good at appealing to a sense of greed, so if the dollar signs are flashing in your eyes, it’s probably flashing in theirs too. It’s obvious, but always ask for ID, and never get into an un-marked cab or transportation. If a taxi driver doesn’t want to take you to your hotel as “another is better”, be firm, or better yet, get out of the cab.
- Listen to trusted people.If your friends or a hotel desk clerk is trying to tell you that it’s not safe to go somewhere, listen to them. Be aware of your surroundings. Try to travel in a group if you can, and try not to travel alone in the dark or in enclosed areas, like alleyways.
This whole list may sound dire, and it hasn’t been written to take the fun out of travelling. Even the most season travellers have been the victims of scams or thefts. Just try to be more aware of your surroundings and keep being sceptical of offerings. Above all, just enjoy your holiday – albeit safely.