There are instances in life when something unexpected happens, in fact, many times. Even in what we thought was a stable situation.
Like a sudden conflict in a place we planned to take a vacation or a scheduled business trip. This can be postponed of course, but what if the conflict started when we already got to our destination that it left us confused or even stranded?
While locals may be able to instinctively cope up with the situation, how about expats and tourists? Hence, obviously, this would affect potential tourists and investors in the future.
Trustworthiness is at stake. Knowing that the government is ready to handle and ultimately resolve the conflict humanely would speak a lot about its image internationally as it translates into business and cooperation.
But speed is a factor here.
Every single day that a conflict goes by unresolved is a financial loss. Even relationship-wise, as suspicion only gets deeper. As a frank traveler though, you can say its their problem. My problem is my safety, my time and my money.
So, how do you travel to politically unstable countries or places?
But especially consider the basics first whether you are still planning or already in the conflict area.
ONE. Is there an obvious civil war in your exact destination? If there is, then no question – it is unsafe. To even consider the idea, you should be at least 150 miles away from the war zone.
TWO. Now, if there’s no civil war, then where are the demonstrations happening? If it would distract your visit or possible work or purpose, then think twice as it may not be advisable.
THREE. If the conflict is not where you intend to be, what are the chances of it spilling over to your location? See, they may also be holding protests at airports, terminals, government offices – or even at business districts, thence, this makes any sort of visit worth rethinking.
FOUR. If you have an important business to attend to, or your planned visit is set on stone as there’s “surprisingly” no other time – then ask again. Have protesters blocked or like laid camp on terminals so as to totally disrupt flights long-term? Actually, whether airport protests are one day or one week, you got to be updated with travel advisories and give proper notification to all parties involved in your trip including your pre-booked hotel.
FIVE. Remember, wherever the demonstrations may be, things could get nasty. Therefore, it is advisable to just stay away from any such local “disturbances” and keep in touch with your embassy.
SIX. Have self-discipline. Especially since there is an ongoing conflict, stick to your business or to your itinerary. Do not be adventurous at this time unless you are so far away from the conflict area. You can still enjoy, of course, but go through the day with safety in mind.
Happy and safe travels!