Before you go, it’s important to insure your cameras and equipment in case they get stolen. Call up your insurance company and see if your equipment qualifies for coverage under your homeowners or renters insurance. Some companies may require you to take out an entirely different travel policy in order to protect your things from getting lost or stolen. Make sure to have your information ready, including things like model names and serial numbers.
If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to do some research on your destination. Research not just to scout new photo destinations, but learn as much as possible about the local culture, history, and economy there. This will give you a better grasp on your destination so you can think about what and how you want to capture those images. It’s also useful to make a note of a few phrases in the native language, including “May I take your photo?”. Also drop by the US State Department’s website to see if there are any safety concerns you should know about or photography laws, and click over to the Center for Disease Control site for health information. Check the TSA website for more detailed info about what you can and cannot bring.
Airport security used to be one of the most despised places for photographers because the X-ray machines would ruin exposed film. Fortunately, with the popularity of digital photography and the improved technology of security screening machines, your photos should be safe. Because you should never check your equipment in your luggage (unless you have a tough, secure, unmarked case), you’ll be bringing it through security with you in a carryon. if you’re worried about your film, you can request to have it hand checked before they run it through the machine. Keep rolls handy in outside pockets so you can quickly access them without holding up the rest of the line. It’s also a good idea to keep them in translucent plastic canisters instead of the standard black ones. You also want to make sure there’s no film left in your camera in case you’re asked to open the back.
Believe it or not, it can be a really good idea to get your film processed abroad than risk it in the X-ray machine. Sometimes film can get fogged up through security before you make it home. Of course, this service is only really an option in developed countries, and you should only go through with it if you trust the business. Seek out recommendations from colleagues or some reputable locals. If you have time, have the candidate studio process a test roll to see if they are up to your standards. Also make sure that you have established an agreeable turnaround time, and see if you can strike up a quantity discount. If you have digital images, hunt down a cyber cafe where you can download your images while abroad. Make sure to check if there are any certain bandwidth restrictions to be aware of, though.
Emily Kaltman writes for Estancia Churrascaria in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing about Latin American tourism and travel advice.
When you’re traveling it’s important to know that you’re standing on the right side of the law. There are a few things you’ll want to know about regarding the local laws and how to keep yourself out of trouble. When you’re traveling there’s a variety of instances you can run into. For instance, theft and having your property damaged, fraud, assault, personal injury and even wrongful death. It can be a tough enough situation to face when you’re in your home country and the situation gets even more confusing when the defendant of your case is based in another country.
In this article we’re going to cover what rights you have when you travel and some recommended courses of action if a legal issue is to arise.
What are my legal rights when I travel?
Overall, when you travel in other countries you aren’t guaranteed any special rights. In the end your rights are only as good as you can successfully defend, if a case or incident is to arise. If you aren’t attempting to sue or anything of that nature you’ll probably wan to wait until you are back on your home soil. Other countries local laws can severely limit what you can and can’t do.
Other countries have limitations in their local laws that you aren’t used to facing when you’re back home. For instance, some countries deny you the right to a jury trial, and don’t recognize any breach of contract claims. The overall structure of the law and how cases are processed can be entirely different in some cases.
What course of legal action should I take if an issue does arise?
If you do end up having an unfortunate incident when you’re abroad your best course of action is to document everything and collect any evidence in favor of your case later. This might mean reporting what has happened to the local authorities and filling a police report. Or even saving any receipts for any expenses that occurred throughout.
The most important thing to consider for any possible legal action is the jurisdiction of your case. It may be a hard thing to tackle and will probably be the hardest art of your case. There are many reasons that jurisdiction is set in the first place, and can range from convenience to other issues over locality. You can claim that the costs for you to travel back overseas would be to large and at too great of an inconvenience, or that their law offers inadequate compensation.
It’s best to work with a lawyer throughout this process, as they will have a better understanding of all the legalities involved.
I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better understanding of how to processed if a legal matter comes up when you are abroad. In most cases you’ll be better off waiting to make a claim or start a case until you get back home, however it’s important to document everything and take all of the necessary precautions.
Zane Schwarzlose writes for The Kyle Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in New Braunfels, Texas. Zane thinks that injury law abroad is interesting.
“Have a safe holiday!” Sound familiar? We often say and hear this simple phrase without even thinking about it. And honestly, who could blame you? You’re probably slammed with deadlines to meet before the end of the year, finding the cheapest flight for visiting your parents and slowly checking items off the seemingly endless Christmas shopping list. Who has time to ponder safety tips for traveling?
Unfortunately, it’s important to make time. Between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve, the country sees the highest number of motor accidents. It makes sense; with all the congestion on the road and last-minute Christmas shopping, incidents like these are bound to arise. But what can you do to prevent yourself from being another statistic?
- Always have your seatbelt on. You aren’t the only person on the road, and even the best drivers are at risk. Seatbelts save lives daily, so make sure everyone in the car is wearing one before heading out.
- Refrain from drinking and driving. The holiday season is often one of drinking with friends and family, so if alcohol will be involved in your activities, make sure you have a plan. Have a designated driver prepared for the end of the night who will remain sober throughout the night. If this isn’t possible, set some cash aside for a taxi or stay the night at someone’s home. There really isn’t any “rule of thumb” for drinking and driving, regardless of what myths you’ve heard. It’s best to play it safe and stay off the roads.
- Stay alert and distraction-free. The roads at this time of the year can resemble more of a parking lot. Refrain from texting, using gadgets, eating or engaging in anything that will take your eyes off the road. On lengthy road trips, avoid driving if you’re tired. Grab some food or coffee to rejuvenate you or pull over and rest until you’re ready to keep chugging along.
- Be extra cautious in parking lots. Waited until the official Christmas season to begin your shopping? So did the rest of the city, which explains why finding a parking spot at the mall can be like finding a needle in two haystacks. If you’re leaving the mall, pull out of your spot at a snail’s pace to avoid running into passing cars. If you’re driving through still trying to find a spot, be alert of the cars rather than just empty spaces. Don’t drive through as you normally would and assume all the cars are in full park. The last thing anyone wants to deal with during the stressful season is insurance companies and liability claims.
- Avoid road rage. With Christmas in the air comes some pretty frustrated drivers and road rage. While most people love this time of the year, few enjoy being caught up in traffic and large crowds. Despite the irritation with slow drivers and last-minute cut offs, avoid the temptation to engage in hostile behavior like tailgating the car in front of you. After all, if they immediately stop and cause you to hit their bumper, the insurance company says you’re at fault. Merry Christmas, you now get to pay for two cars’ damages!
Lindsay Bradshaw is a blogger for Loewy Law Firm in Austin, Texas. She hates the hassle of finding parking spots during the holidays.