10 tips for a safe night out

Here are a few things to watch out for when you're living it up away from home.
Remember, your travel insurance may not cover you if the direct cause of your claim was too much alcohol, or reckless or unlawful behaviour. (1) 


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Plan how to get back to your accommodation. The last thing you want is to be lost late at night in an unfamiliar place. Our tip: Take a business card from the hotel to give to your taxi driver. Eating is not cheating - it may slow down alcohol absorption. Some people claim that steamed asparagus, almonds, eggs and hummus have superpowers - but the main thing is to fill your stomach with food.   
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Alcohol and dancing rapidly dehydrates. Space your drinks with bottled water - contaminated tap water is a leading source of health problems for travellers. Don't let a hazy head make poor decisions. Here's some big nights that ended badly:
Sent packing: A traveller tore up her passport during a drunken night out, and was later refused entry to Thailand.(2)
Nude swimming: Six drunk tourists were fined for swimming nude in a Rome fountain. (3)
Prawn heist: An intoxicated Aussie was fined for stealing two raw prawns from a restaurant (4)
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 Pack light and right. If you're heading out to dance all night, take only the items you really need. It's easier to keep a small bag on your person - if you leave your bag behind to go and dance and it is stolen, your belongings may not be covered by your travel insurance.  Ditch overcrowded venues. It's easy to lose your mates and there's other risks such as balcony collapses and fires in countries that may not have the same safety regulations as Australia.
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 Beware bootleg spirits. Fake alcohol might be cheap, but it can blind and even kill you. If the label looks wrong or homemade, or your beverage smells like nail polish remover, don't risk it. Drink spiking is a risk wherever there's partygoers and alcohol. Buy your own drinks - bottles are safest since they're sealed. If in doubt, throw it out.
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 Is your taxi really a taxi? Google search pictures of official taxis before you arrive. Check that your ride is registered and metered. Be wary if you are approached by a driver offering a lift, especially if they become pushy or promise a discount.  Head home with your friends. Look out for your mates and travel back to your accommodation together.



(1) Based on claims paid by AGA between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. (2) News Corp Australia Network, 11 February 2016, 'UK women refused entry to Thailand' accessed on news.com.au, 1 March 2016. (3) The Telegraph, 28 September 2015, “Drunken British architects fined,” accessed online telegraph.co.uk, 1 March 2016. (4) News Corp Australia Network, 31 March 2015, “Arrested in Thailand for stealing prawns,” accessed online news.com.au, 1 March 2016. Disclaimer: Travel insurance is arranged by Defence Health Ltd ABN 80 008 629 481 AFSL 313890. This insurance is issued and managed by AWP Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 AFSL 245631 trading as Allianz Global Assistance for the insurer Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL 234708. Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply. We do not provide any advice on this insurance based on any consideration of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making a decision please consider the Product Disclosure Statement. If you purchase a policy, Defence Health receives a commission that is 10% to 20% of your premium.