With Protests Breaking Out Around the World, Here's What Travelers Need to Know
Protests in Hong Kong (Photo: AP Images)
In 2013, travel writer Helen Anne Travis found herself surrounded by tear gas and riot police during Brazil’s biggest political protest in decades. In the face of demonstrations and riots in Hong Kong and the Ukraine, it's important for travelers to know what to do. Yahoo Travel sat down with Phil Sylvester from World Nomads travel insurance to talk about staying safe in places experiencing political unrest.
Is that an angry crowd or are they just excited to see me? (Photo: Thinkstock)
The Situation: Last June, my fiancé and I unknowingly made reservations at a sushi restaurant in downtown Rio the same night a massive demonstration was planned at the government building across the street. We spent hours huddled in the middle of the building while explosions rattled the glassware, rubber bullets pelted the walls, and a car burning in the street turned the restaurant’s windows orange.
World Cup Protest in Brazil (Photo: Getty Images)
The Solution: Inside the riot zone, it’s hard to imagine life may be going on as usual a few blocks away. Most protests have a small footprint centered around a public square and surrounding streets. Your goal is to get to safety as quickly as possible, without attracting the attention of the riot police.