10 Ways to Stay Safe While Traveling
Staying safe while
traveling abroad is always top of mind. Most people aren't
dishonest, but those few bad apples or one unfortunate
incident can blemish an amazing travel experience. We
created a list of tips for staying safe while traveling
1. Don't look like a
tourist - Many people have a perceived idea of what the
quintessential American looks like; white sneakers, big
camera, or sweatshirts with university logos. Staying away
from these stereotypes when dressing can help travelers
avoid drawing attention to themselves. Also, be wary of
public displays of wealth - leave flashy jewelry and
unnecessary expensive gadgets at home.
2. Separate money sources -
Don't leave all cash and credit/debit cards together as most
do when they are at home. This is a safe guard against
unfortunate events like theft - the phrase 'don't put all
your eggs in one basket' is very true in this case.
3. Secure wallets and
purses - Eliminate opportunities for theft. Make sure purses
are closed and zippers are placed towards the front of the
body. Never put wallets in back pockets or any other pocket
that is easily reachable by others. Money belts are also an
option, but what is most important is making money easily
accessible to yourself but difficult for others to take
without you noticing.
4. Make copies of your
important documents - Scanning and printing copies of
documents and keeping them in several locations is very
simple, but can be crucial if they are lost or stolen.
5. Purchase travel
insurance - There are many benefits to travel insurance but
one of the biggest is ensuring medical coverage while
abroad. Hospital bills can add up quickly, so purchasing
insurance is vital.
6. Don't leave your
belongings unattended in public - This is true everywhere,
but especially when abroad in tourist areas. Keep belongings
with you at all times; for example don't place phones and
wallets on the table or hook purses on the back of chairs
when dining, and never leave luggage outside hotel doors.
7. Avoid pulling money out
in public - Take out wallets as infrequently as possible,
and avoid showing large amounts of cash. This helps reduce
the risk of being targeted for any foul play. With this in
mind, we would encourage keeping small amounts of currency
for minor transactions, bartering and tipping.
8. Get familiar with the
surroundings - A confident stride can make all the
difference but not ending up in a bad part of town helps
even more. To avoid this, study your map, talk to the front
desk clerk, or examine your guidebook before venturing out.
If you find yourself in an area that is not familiar or you
feel threatened, go into a hotel or restaurant.
9. Put away your belongings
- Most hotels will be fine, but in those terrible incidences
where you run across a dishonest person it is best to keep
your belongings out of site. Leave them in your suitcase,
put them in the hotel safe, or better yet, leave them at
home if you can.
10. Double check - There
are many distractions while traveling. We also tend to carry
more stuff - look around and double check that you have all
your belongings before leaving anywhere.
following these 10 simple steps, you can ensure a safe and
secure trip so that you can be encouraged to get home and
book your next one with your favorite travel agent