How To Stay Safe While Traveling
The world is waiting for you. Good Luck. Travel Safe. Go!” — Phil Keoghan
Your tickets are purchased, your house and your pets are planned for, your luggage is packed…is there anything you’ve forgotten?
It is so exciting to travel, and to see more of your world than just what’s around your neighborhood. It’s even more exciting if you know that you have also planned for your own personal safety.
To help you travel safely, and reduce some of the risks you might encounter, there are some fairly simple things you can do.
Tips for better personal security…
- While you’re still in the trip planning phase of your travel, really get to know your destination. Be aware of travel alerts and advisories that may affect your destination. You could look at the Travel.State.Gov website, sponsored by the US Dept. of State, where you can find recommendations of places you should either be cautious about or avoid altogether. Another good source of destination information would be your Travel Agent, who always has his/her ear to the ground for what’s going on around the world.
- Don’t dress to impress, or like a tourist. If you’re going out sightseeing, leave your expensive jewelry and designer clothing back at the ship or your hotel, locked up safe and sound…you’ll be less of a target for local thieves.
- Remember, social media is not the friend of travelers…don’t post that you’ll be somewhere exotic for the next 2 weeks for the whole world to see. Although it’s fun to post pictures of your feet beside the ocean, or a delicious dinner in the ship’s dining room, you could be tipping off dishonest people that your home is vacant and unattended. Post your pictures when you return home.
- Leave your itinerary with friends or family so they have an idea of your whereabouts. If your plans change while you’re traveling, let them know how the itinerary will be different.
- Stay away from public Wi-Fi. It’s too easy for hackers to access your valuable information. Instead, there are portable routers you can purchase that let you set up your own Wi-Fi hotspot. They are easily available, and will make your internet usage much more secure.
- On a similar note, set up strong passwords to unlock your phone or any other electronic device, and also have tracking set up on your phone.
- Have copies of all of your important documents, such as passports, licenses, or ID cards. In case the originals get stolen, you will have all the information you need when you talk with the authorities.
- Monitor your credit card activity while you’re traveling. Although you may be in possession of your cards, a thief doesn’t need the actual card in order to use it, they just need the information from it.
- Also, don’t carry all of your credit cards(or your money) at the same time. Choose one that is designated for travel, and leave any others at home or locked in a safe in your hotel room.
- Use safe transportation while on vacation. You could ask your hotel concierge for safe recommendations, or again, you could talk to your Travel agent about it.
- Whenever you’re out and about, keep an eye on your surroundings, your personal items, as well as the people around you. If anything or anyone seems strange or you feel uneasy, leave immediately.
- My personal experience: I was pickpocketed in Naples, Italy several years ago. They got two credit cards and my drivers license. Thank God I had copies of all. My suggestion, if any, would be that as quickly as you realize your documents are gone, call all the authorities and call your credit card companies. In my case the police would do nothing. I called the two credit card companies within 3 hours. The thieves had already run up approx. $8,000.00 on one card and almost $12,000 on the other card. One of the cards stated they had closed my account 30 minutes previous to my call and thanked me for my quick action. The other card stated they had a red alert, and thanked me. All charges were eliminated immediately. One of the credit card companies sent me a new card to our next hotel.
My advice is, if you happen to have a situation such as I did, DON’T LET IT RUIN YOUR VACATION! Take care of business and move one…we did.
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