Traveling Safety: Small Things That Make a Difference

May 14, 2013 by

Safe Travel

With recent attacks on tourists in the news, it raises questions about traveling safety. These tips include small things you can do to help keep you safe.

Travel Safety Tips

There are several small things you can do to keep you and your belongings safe when traveling.

Hotel Safe

Leave valuables in the hotel safe.

Always Look Behind You When Leaving

Keep an eye on your belongings, and when you get up from your table at a cafĂ©, leave a theater, or any other public venue always look behind you to double check you’re not leaving something behind.

It is easy to get caught up in the moment and leave behind your camera, jacket or something else. By the time you realize it, there’s a good chance your item will be carried off, never to be seen again.

Don’t Wear Expensive Jewelry

Tourists are often a target just because they have enough money to travel. If traveling abroad, don’t wear your gold jewelry or carry an expensive camera in plain view. They just work as targets for thieves. Leave your jewelry at home.

Don’t Hang a Do Not Disturb Sign

While you may not want to be disturbed, hanging a sign on your door alerts those passing by that you are in your room and can be taken by surprise.

Don’t Keep Money in One Place

Don’t keep all your credit cards in one place, and keep your cash and travelers checks separate. This reduces the risk of losing everything if you lose your wallet or are robbed. It’s best to leave some of them in the hotel safe.

Don’t Leave Your Drink Unattended

Don’t ever leave a drink unattended. Someone can slip something in it.

Avoid Isolated Areas

This tip goes without saying, but tourists should consciously make it a point to avoid isolated areas. They make a perfect place for an attack or robbery with no one to help. Take advantage of technology like Google Streets to see what a neighborhood looks like before you arrive.

Don’t Stay Out Late

Most crimes take place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. With that in mind, get back to your hotel before 10:00 and stay in for the night.

India Private Car

Hire a car and driver in India rather than use public transportation.

Know Your Destination

Read up on safety in relation to your destination. For instance, with the recent attacks on women in India, Greaves Travel in Highland Park, Ill which specializes in travel to India, let people know the safest way for tourists to travel in India is by car and driver instead of using public transportation, with the exception of certain trains.

When traveling abroad, it’s best to do your homework to learn about your destination. In countries where you don’t know the language, it’s also worth spending money to hire a reputable guide. Knowledgeable guides can help you avoid dangerous situations.

Buy Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is relatively inexpensive and worth the money. Depending on the coverage you buy, it can cover your baggage, offers accident protection, emergency assistance and more. It works like a safety net to help you when things go wrong.

Photo credits: Proxy Indian, ricky.montalvo, vm2827

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  1. Penny W. says:

    A good refresher. I used to wear fake jewellery and leave the good stuff home, but to a thief it all looks the same. Now I travel with nothing but a simple wedding band.

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