One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the water with us, be sure to familiarise yourself with the following safety information.
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a registered taxi where possible, and keep a note of where your boat is docked so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated. It’s also a good idea to get your Topdeck trip mates’ mobile numbers in case you need to get hold of them while out and about.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to the boat. Never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but stay savvy – you don’t want to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.
Respecting fellow passengers
Here at Topdeck, we’re all about inclusivity. We want to make sure that everyone has a great time on our trips, and that everyone feels like they’re part of one happy Topdeck family.
What we’re not about is excluding people or making them feel like they don’t belong – that’s just not what families do. That’s why we always encourage Topdeckers to be kind and courteous to their fellow passengers. The golden rules? Always remember to respect each other’s space, be mindful of causing excessive noise in shared accommodation and treat others how you’d wish to be treated yourself. Easy!
Topdeck has a strict zero tolerance drug policy. Passengers should not bring any illegal substances onto the Topdeck boat or into any of the accommodation we stay in on our trips. All instances of drug possession will be reported to Topdeck Head Office, who may consider alerting the relevant authorities.
Mental health and wellbeing
Culture shock, homesickness, random periods of feeling down – these things happen and are totally normal. You can rest assured that if you’re feeling low, your Topdeck crew will do their utmost to cheer you up again.
Measures you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing while on the road with us are:
- Call home. Sometimes it’s nice to hear a familiar voice and have a good old-fashioned catch up with your loved ones
- Eat well. Never underestimate the power of a good, wholesome meal. Nobody feels at their best when they’re hungry!
- Drink responsibly. Not only will you swerve the dreaded hangover, but by keeping an eye on what you drink, you could also avoid getting into any potentially uncomfortable situations
- Talk to your Trip Leader. Don’t forget, they’re probably far from home, too – so they’re sure to know of some tried-and-tested ways to beat the blues.
- Integrate with your fellow Topdeckers. This one is key! The more fun you’re having on your trip, the less likely you are to feel homesick (trust us).
How to be a responsible traveller
Responsible travel isn’t difficult to achieve. With a little conscious thought and preparation, you can have an awesome holiday AND have a positive impact on the places you visit. Sweet!
Here are five things you can do to ensure you’re travelling responsibly:
- Conserve water. You know the drill – reuse your towels, take short showers and remember to turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth!
- Reduce your waste. Ditch the plastic bag, refuse unnecessary packaging, dispose of your waste responsibly and recycle as much as possible.
- Go local. Hunt down locally owned and operated restaurants and bars, shop in local markets and book tours and activities run by local guides.
- Consider the wildlife. Avoid any attractions that involve performing animals, animal rides or closely engaging with wild animals.
- Respect local people and culture. Obeying local laws is a given – but also remember to dress and behave in a manner appropriate to the community. Be polite and keep an open mind!