Everything has a dark side, including something as exciting and enjoyable as traveling. Sadly, thousands of travelers each year become victims of crime and calamities.
Don’t become a statistic. Here are top 8 tips to make sure that you stay safe during your next trip.
Be specific with your room requests
Go beyond the usual non-smoking room with a view when you make your reservation. Choose to request a room at a lower floor near to a fire exit. That way, you have several means of an escape in the event of a fire or earthquake. Of course, these are just requests and nothing is really guaranteed. But putting these specifications along with your hotel reservation increases the chances of you getting this.
Never leave without insurance
One of the biggest mistakes travelers make is that they go on a trip without any type of travel insurance. While it can be quite expensive, it does provide you and your family a host of coverage ranging from flight delays to lost luggage and even hospitalization, making a very worthwhile investment.
Advise Your Credit Card Company
Before you head overseas, make sure that you advise your credit card company that you’ll be traveling. The more specific you can be, the better. This will alert your credit card company to carefully monitor your credit card transactions so that in the event that your credit cards were stolen they will easily become aware and block it right away for you.
Get a check up
It’s always a good idea to make sure that you visit your doctor before making any travel plans, especially if this is your first traveling to that area. Some areas and even countries require that you get immunization before traveling to make sure that you stay healthy. If you’re on any medication, visiting your doctor can also make sure that you don’t have to worry about running out of any, especially if you’re planning to be gone for more than a few days.
Store your valuables in your hotel safe
Unless you’re going out for a business meeting or to attend a gala event, it’s best to make sure that you keep all your valuables and documents inside the safe inside your hotel room. This includes all of your travel documents.
Go for sling-on bag
Backpacks are a favorite of pickpockets because they can easily grab your valuables inside without you even being aware of it until it’s too late.
Sling-on bags, on the other hand, are more body hugging. They also are usually worn in front, making it less appealing for thieves.
Keep a low profile
Tourists tend to stand out from the crowd simply because of the way they dress, making them easy targets for people who are up to no good. Muted or neutral colors work best to help you keep a low profile (unless you’re in Hawaii, of course).
Be Choosy When Asking Directions
Many con artists pose as really friendly locals that would be more than happy to help a lost tourist. If you need to ask for directions, ask someone from an establishment or better yet, make sure that your cellphone is equipped with a few handy travel apps to help you get around.