Traveling can be an eye-opening, exciting experience. You can easily get swept up in the excitement of an adventure. Take advantage of travel safety and security while abroad.
These seven tips will help you make your trip memorable.
Do your research
Before you travel:
- Get to know the destination well.
- Consult locals and read reviews of travelers to learn about safe neighborhoods, where to stay, and crime rates.
- Visit the State Department Website for country updates and sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment program.
Knowing who to contact in an emergency is another vital precaution for travel safety. Find the phone numbers of the nearest police station, embassy, or consulate.
Avoid attracting attention
Try to blend into the background as much as possible. Select clothing that is not conspicuous and won’t draw attention. When looking at maps, be discreet and ask people for directions carefully.
Consider investing in protective clothing to make it harder for pickpockets and thieves to steal your money and personal items.
Copy important documents
You never know when a copy of your driver’s license, passport, or another form of identification will be needed. Save these documents online, and then print several copies. You won’t have to scramble to find the proper documentation when you need to go home.
Update your family and friends.
Whether you are going on a short or a long international trip, it’s a good idea to inform your family and friends back home. Please send a copy to trusted friends or family members so they can track your location. Contacts should be updated regularly so that they know where you are.
Beware of public Wi-Fi.
Do not let the ease of Internet access cloud your judgment. Hackers can steal your credit card or Social Security numbers when using public Wi-Fi. Set up a VPN if you need wireless Internet access. This will let you securely surf the Internet while you are traveling.
Safeguard your hotel room.
Even if the hotel uses robust security measures, you can make your room more secure. Keep your windows closed and lock the door. Buy a jammer, a small device that can be slipped under the door to add an extra layer of security.
You can give the appearance that you are in your room by placing a Do Not Disturb notice on your door or keeping your blinds and windows closed.
Do not let strangers in your room, even if they claim to be hotel staff. Call the front desk and ask if the hotel staff has ordered someone to visit your room.
Be aware of the environment.
Keep your guard up when taking the perfect photo for your social media platforms. Always be aware of your belongings and exercise caution when speaking to strangers. Traveling is a great way to learn about other cultures and meet new people. You should leave immediately if you are uncomfortable or suspicious about someone nearby.
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