Are you planning a holiday or have you already booked? The anticipation can begin. Cape Verde is a safe up to a very safe country. It is even among the most stable democracies in Africa. This combined with the low level of corruption creates a pleasant and safe environment. Of course as in every country there are places where you have to pay more attention to yourself as well as to belongings than in other places. Often these are places in suburbs of larger cities. To ensure that you do not get into trouble during a holiday, we have compiled a list with some useful tips. These are obviously not only applicable when you go to Cape Verde on vacation, but for every trip you make.
Things to arrange before you go on vacation
- Make sure if certain vaccinations are obligatory for every trip you make. This prevents medical problems during your trip. Preferably you go at least a few weeks before you leave for the GP or a similar body to inquire whether you need vaccinations.
- View the travel advice given by the government.
- Make sure you have a valid passport that is valid for at least 6 months on arrival.
- Take a copy of your passport. When checking in at your accommodation or when renting a car, they often ask for your passport. Preferably do not give it away, although you often cannot avoid it. It is better to give a copy of your passport. Do not give your BSN number. Delete this on the copy of your passport. The BSN number in combination with your passport photo may result in potential fraud.
- Take a good travel insurance and take the insurance with you.
- Before departure read practical information about your destination before departure. That way you will be well informed.
Safely store your personal belongings
When traveling, you always have some of valuables with you. Think of your camera, but also just for example your passport or credit card. A frequently asked question is whether you can leave valuables at your accommodation or should you take them with you? A safe in your accommodation is often the best place to store your belongings. As you cannot leave everything in a safe, a money belt is a godsend. With this hip bag you carry your money, keys and documents safely with you. Never keep your money in one place, but divide it. Leave something in the safe, put some money in your money belt and put some cash in your wallet. So you reduce the chance that you can lose a large amount of money at the same time. The same applies to payment cards, never keep them in the same place. If you still get into a situation where someone wants to have your things, just give them. Your own safety and health is always more important than your possessions.
Take multiple payment cards with you
It is always wise to have sufficient possibilities to pay. Besides cash, you can better take more than one payment card. Sometimes a debit card from your bank does not work with certain cash machines, while another does. A credit card is also useful, as they are often accepted. If you want to book a domestic flight or rent a car, a credit card is often required.
First aid travel kit
Accidents happen on a trip. It is therefore very convenient to have a set with first aid equipment with you. You can easily put together such a first aid travel kit yourself. Think of: painkillers, band aids, ORS, tweezers, travel sickness tablets, a tweexer for ticks, alcohol swab / disinfectant.
Do not just share your holiday photos via Social Media
It is always nice to inform the home front about your holiday experiences. You see many people share their holiday photos during their trip via Social Media. Super fun, but it also proves that you are not at home. Make sure that your profile on Social Media (Facebook / Instagram) is only accessible to your friends / family.
Locals are the best advisers
Do you doubt whether you can swim somewhere? Or do you not trust something? First ask the local population. They can often advise you best what you should or should not do. The same applies to the advice given by the hotel.
If you have more practical tips, please let us know below.