Important Travel Safety Tips Everyone Needs To Know
Whether you’re traveling in the United States or internationally, by car or by plane, unfortunate things happen, and sadly enough, they could happen to you! These unfortunate experiences could range from theft, to scams, to less than honest cab drivers, to illness, and the list could go on and on.
I’m not trying to scare you, but the more aware and prepared you are when you travel, the better your adventure will be!
Use these tips for safer travels…
There are the obvious precautions you should take, such as always be in control of your bags, and never let them out of your sight, but here are some tips you may not have thought of…
- Know where you’re going – It’s always a good idea to do a little research on your destination…read reviews, consult with your travel agent, check the website of the State Department for any travel advisories.
- If you are traveling out of the United States, it’s a good idea to compile a list of local emergency numbers, as well as know where and how to contact the nearest U.S. embassy.
- Try not to look like a tourist – Drawing attention to yourself can, to some people, be like an invitation for crime.
- One mother and daughter went on a trip to Turkey, where they wore their most conspicuous clothing, hairstyles and all of their fancy diamonds and jewelry. They were lucky not to encounter any trouble, but you can believe they were being watched.
- Guard your internet connection – In today’s world we are always online for one thing or another. Beware of public Wi-Fi access. There are hackers watching and know how to steal your valuable information. If you want or need to use wireless internet, set up a VPN (virtual private network), which will keep your information safe.
- Be aware of the more common travel scams – You can protect yourself by just being aware of some of the dishonest things people will do to scam you. Knowledge is power!
- Have 2 copies of your important documents – Having duplicates of your passport or your driver’s’ license could be a lifesaver, in the event they get lost or stolen.
- Carry minimal cash – If you’re carrying cash with you, don’t carry it all at once…split it up and have some in different places or on different people. It’s a great idea to exchange at least some of your currency for the currency of the country you will be traveling in…The best place to exchange money is at the airport at an exchange kiosk when you land. You will get the best exchange rate there. Try to decide on an amount that you will need daily.
- US currency is as widely accepted as credit cards.
- I don’t recommend using ATMs because you pay a high exchange rate. In addition, many times the machines are broken.
- Hotel check in desks will often exchange money for you.
- Backpacks can be convenient, but…– Traveling with backpacks isn’t necessarily secure. Slick and skilled hands can unzip, unclip, or slash without you even knowing that it’s going on.
- Keep family and friends in your travel loop – It’s always a good idea for your family and friends to have your travel itinerary and any appropriate phone numbers where you can be reached. It makes it easier for them to check on you if the need arises.
- Strangers aren’t necessarily your friends – Avoid sharing too many details with people you don’t know, about your personal life or your travel details. If someone begins getting a little too interested, this is one time when a little white lie is ok…this will help in getting the target off your back.
- Don’t go on vacation without travel insurance…it’s a small price to pay for a possible big loss.
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