The first thing you should consider is to not get involved in any sort of activity that you would refrain from doing in your own home town. By following this simple directive, you can avoid most of the problems that can present themselves while on a business trip. Before taking part in any type of activity, you should ask yourself: “Would this be safe to do where I live?” If the answer is no, it should be obvious that you should not participate in that activity. Common sense can steer one clear of many potential dangerous situations.
ALWAYS trust your instinct. If going somewhere feels wrong, you should avoid it. Firstly, a lack of confidence will affect alertness and you might freeze when you should be reacting quickly and instinctively.
Secondly, if you do not feel at ease with something you will seem more nervous and will appear as an easy target for people with malicious intentions. Confidence is key. Even if you are lost or are scared, you cannot let these emotions transpire, in order to avoid signaling distress to would-be attackers. If you do not look lost, chances are you will be left alone.
Instincts, confidence and vigilance are mentioned often in this document, the reason being that using these three attributes along with some sound practice and common sense should help avoid most dangerous situations.
Knowing the Threat
Prior to flying to sensitive areas, you should contact the Canadian Embassy or email the Government of Canada Travel advisory and obtain information pertaining to potential threats applicable to the countries you are visiting. More information: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/bon-voyage-but