Travel Safety Tips
Traveling gives us the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, but having blind confidence in that sensation of relaxation can put us in danger. When we find ourselves in another country we tend to forget our basic safety rules and we convince ourselves that because we are on vacations, nothing bad can happen. Enjoy your sense of serenity without disregarding your well being by following these tips DINKtravelers has prepared for you.
Register Your Travel Plans
In the United States, pages like STEP allow you to register your trip so you can be easily located in case of emergency. Likewise, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program helps travelers solve problems like having their passport stolen. Check if there are similar services at your destination, and get a traveler insurance with your airline and/or health insurance company.
If your hotel offers transport services, use them. If it doesn’t, ask the concierge to recommend a safe taxi company whose services you can use during your stay. Also, ask him/her if any of the attractions you want to visit are located in areas that you should avoid at certain times of the day.
Even if there are many apps and GPS services that are practical and useful, take a printed map with you. Not all destinations offer a good enough Wi-Fi or LTE Internet service so don’t risk getting lost in the middle of nowhere or ending up in an inhabited or dangerous neighborhood.
Taking Taxis When Traveling Abroad
There are countries in which it’s common for the taxi driver to invite you to seat in the front seat; however, you’ll be safer if you travel in the back seat. Reject the invitation politely and keep your smartphone in your hand at all times –have the local emergency number on speed dial–, this way you’ll point out that you can ask for help if needed.
How to Avoid Theft While Traveling
Avoid carrying your wallet or cell phone in your pants pockets, leave all your expensive jewelry and accessories at home and, while you’re not using it, keep your camera in your purse or backpack to avoid being a victim of pickpocketing or petty theft.
Keep your credit cards, ID and cash in different places such as a secret pocket or money belt underneath your clothes, or leave them in the hotel’s safe.
If you go to an Internet café, pay with cash and avoid using your bank’s online services. In some places they install software that identifies typing patterns, so you risk being a victim of bank account or passwords hacking.
Above all, trust your instincts. If something seems out of place or risky, don’t disregard your hunch and avoid that situation or warn the authorities.