When we have a discovery conversation with a client, one of the many questions we ask is: “What is important for you on this trip?” Everyone answers differently, but one topic that continues to come up is being safe.
Staying safe is important when traveling, especially if you are traveling in a foreign country where you might be unfamiliar with its customs. When we are at home, we know the less-than-desirable areas to avoid at night but don’t have a clue what those spots might be, when we are in a new place.
Let’s go over some tips to help you prepare for your safety on your upcoming trip!
Tip 1: Research
Research your destination before you travel, to become familiar with its reputation for safety. You can also read traveler reviews about their experiences.
When you arrive, ask the hotel staff about the area. For example, ask if it’s safer to walk at night or if it would be better to take a cab.
Tip 2: Be Diligent
Always be aware of your surroundings. If someone near you is acting suspiciously or if you feel uncomfortable, get up and move. Don’t worry about being rude!
Also, when checking into your hotel room, always identify the fire exit.
Tip 3: Secure Your Belongings
Do everything you can to keep your belongings safe. Some large cities and popular attractions are known for pickpocketers. It’s a good idea for men to keep their wallets in a front pocket. Women should keep their purses in front of them and always closed.
I just read an article about someone setting their phone on a restaurant table and it got stolen right in front of their eyes! They didn’t even see it happen. It’s best to keep your head on a swivel and your belongings close by, especially in busy, tourist-heavy spots.
Remember to keep your passport locked in the safe in your room, because you do not need to carry it with you to most destinations. If you need to carry it, use an under-clothing fanny pack.
In the unlikely event that you lose your purse or wallet, it’s smart to have a backup. I take photos of my passport (picture page) and credit cards (front and back) and email them to myself - with “emergency” in the subject line. That way, I can access my email from any device and have the information that I need in an emergency.
Tip 4: Buy Travel Insurance
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself is to purchase travel insurance for your trip. A 24-hour emergency hotline is available to assist you with anything that could possibly go wrong.
Travel is always an adventure! Just follow these tips and you will stack the odds in your favor of having a safe and enjoyable vacation.