Traveling may be a thrilling and eye-opening adventure. It’s easy to get carried away by the excitement of adventure. However, when you’re away from home, don’t forget about travel security and safety.
Follow these 7 travel safety guidelines for a vacation that will be remembered for all the right reasons.
1. Do your research
Before you go, learn everything there is to know about your location. For information on the safest neighbourhoods, places to stay, and crime rates, read visitor reviews and speak with locals. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and check the State Department’s website for country updates (STEP).
Knowing who to call in an emergency is another crucial travel security measure. Get the phone numbers for the nearest embassy or consulate, police station, and other emergency services in your area.
2. Don’t draw attention
People who appear to be from another town are more likely to be targeted by criminals, so attempt to blend in as much as possible. Choose attire that is unobtrusive and won’t draw attention to yourself. When looking at maps, keep your distance and approach individuals with caution if you need instructions.
Consider purchasing protective clothes and equipment to make it more difficult for pickpockets to take money and other valuables.
3. Make copies of important documents
You never know when a copy of your passport, driver’s licence, or other form of identity will be required. Scan these papers to save them online and to print many copies. That way, if you need to return home, you won’t have to scramble to locate necessary documents.
4. Keep in touch with your friends and family.
It’s usually a good idea to let friends or relatives back home know where you’re going, whether it’s for an overnight trip or a month-long overseas trip. Send a printout of your itinerary to a few trustworthy persons who can keep track of your whereabouts before you depart. Check in with your contacts on a frequent basis to ensure that they are aware of your whereabouts.
5. Be alert when using public Wi-Fi.
Allowing yourself to be swayed by the ease with which you may access the Internet is a bad idea. Hackers trying to steal sensitive information, such as credit card or Social Security numbers, can access your data when you use public Wi-Fi. Set up a virtual private network (VPN) to allow you to access the Internet safely when travelling if you do require wireless Internet connectivity.
6. Safeguard your hotel room
There are things you can do to make your room safer, even if your hotel has excellent security measures in place. Keep your windows closed and the door locked and deadbolted. You may purchase a jammer, which is a little gadget that fits under the door and adds an extra layer of security.
Place a Do Not Disturb sign on the outside of your door and close the blinds or windows to create the appearance that you’re in your room even when you’re not.
Even if they claim to be from the hotel, don’t let strangers inside your room. You may always phone the front desk to see whether someone has been summoned to your room by hotel personnel.
7. Be aware of your surroundings
If you want to take the perfect image for your social media platforms, don’t let your guard down. Always keep a watch on your personal things and use caution while speaking with strangers. One of the most enjoyable aspects of travelling is the opportunity to meet new people and learn about their cultures. However, if someone close to you is acting suspiciously or you are feeling uneasy, leave the location immediately.
These suggestions can assist you in travelling securely, but no matter how many measures you take, the unexpected can always occur. Stay covered with Nationwide travel insurance and enjoy peace of mind no matter where you go.