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How to Stay Safe While Traveling

Sep 27, 2021

You can have exciting, eye-opening experiences while traveling. The thrill of adventure is easy to get caught up in. However, take security and safety precautions while you're abroad into consideration.

Planning and research can help you avoid many of the common problems encountered by travelers, such as: protecting yourself from theft and road accidents, staying safe on the water, keeping a low profile, and staying connected with friends and family.

 

TYPICAL SECURITY AND SAFETY CONCERNS

Here are some of the essential tips you should never forget:

 

1. Conduct your research

Before you arrive, familiarize yourself with your destination. To find out where to stay and what to do in a safe neighborhood, you should read traveler reviews and consult locals.

2. Avoid drawing attention

Don't draw attention to yourself by wearing inconspicuous clothing. If you look like you are from far away, you are especially vulnerable. Consider how to ask for directions if you need to look at a map or approach people carefully.

In addition, you may want to consider buying protective clothing and gear that will make it harder for pickpockets to steal your money and personal items.

3. Create copies of your important documents

Be sure you have multiple copies of your travel documents and credit cards. Separate the originals from the copies while traveling. Leave another stack of copies at home or with a trusted friend.

You may need your passport, driver's license, or another form of identification at any time. Scanned documents are best saved online, but you should also print copies. As a result, if you're required to get home, you won't have to waste your time trying to get the proper documentation.

4. Keep your contact with family and friends

Regardless of your whereabouts or how long you might stay, it's best to keep your friends and family updated on your location.

When you go abroad, it is crucial to maintain contact with family and friends. Still, it would be best if you established expectations about how often you will communicate with them. 

5. Be Cautious of Public Wi-Fi

Don’t be too comfortable with a public Internet connection. Your data, including your credit card or SSN, can be accessed when you use public Wi-Fi. While traveling, if you need a wireless connection, you can connect to the Internet securely using a virtual private network (VPN).

 6. Secure your hotel room

The hotel may have robust security measures in place, but you can still take steps to make your room more secure. Secure the door, shut the windows, and lock the deadbolt. There is a jammer that can be placed under the door as an extra layer of protection.

When you aren't in your room, make it seem like you're there by putting a Do Not Disturb sign on your door and closing the blinds or windows.

Even if they claim to be from the hotel, don't let strangers into your room. If someone has been ordered to come to your room, you can always call the front desk.

 

FINAL THOUGHT

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