Traveling is one of life's most exciting activities. With so much to do and see, no wonder we want to dive in and go on an adventure.
But, we should all keep certain travel safety tips in mind so we can get the most out of our trips. Read on to learn important safety tips for travelers:
Think Before You Post
In a world saturated with social media, plenty of us want to make posts right away that show off our adventures away from home. But, when you upload that picture of you and your loved ones out of town, you're letting everyone who follows you know that you're out of the house. We hope that you aren't Facebook friends with a professional robber, but you never know where word of mouth spreads. Hold on to your pictures and memories until after you return.
Remember Your Contacts
Although you shouldn't announce your departure to everyone you know on social media, you should still let a few people know. Tell a few trusted contacts about your travel plans, including when you will be leaving and returning and where you plan to go. If you book a hotel in advance, give these contacts the phone number and address for an easy way to get in touch.
Notify Your Bank and Credit Card Company
Your financial institution is reviewing your transactions, and they discover a $2,000 purchase in Singapore. Since you live in America and don't make frequent international purchases, they automatically cut access to your payment card. What if it wasn't a thief making that purchase, but yourself? If you plan to spend a lot of money somewhere far away from home, give your bank and credit card company a heads up. Their security measures keep us safe but could result in an inconvenience when we need money for times we are traveling abroad.
Know Who to Ask for Directions
If you get lost in an unfamiliar area, be careful who you ask for directions. Asking where to go is generally safe, but even well-intentioned locals can get directions wrong, getting you even more lost. When applicable, visitor centers can give you the most accurate directions to where you want to go.
Mind Your Surroundings
In a new place, you should stay aware of your surroundings, especially if you go somewhere known for tourism. At popular travel destinations, people become more focused on attractions, making it easy for pickpockets to take your personal belongings. Keep an eye on essentials like electronic devices, wallets, and bags. When taking a picture with your phone, make sure the area isn't too crowded and hold on to it tightly. If someone you don't know offers to take a picture for you, decline — they might plan to run off with your phone or camera.