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Enjoy a Carefree Vacation With These Tips to Help Keep You Safe.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, 1:28 pm

Everyone wants to enjoy a carefree vacation, but it is important to remember there are risky situations and bad elements that may be lurking in the shadows. Consider the following tips to help keep you, your family and friends safe.

General Travel Tips:

  • Before traveling abroad in high risk areas be sure to get the US Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs for any emergency notifications or travel advisories.
  • Enroll your trip in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This will allow you to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
  • Make copies of your passport, medical card, credit cards and travel itinerary.
  • Keep a low profile. Do not display personal items that would draw attention to you. (watches, jewelry, etc.)
  • Conceal cell phones, cameras and other valuables.
  • Only carry what you need in your pockets in case you fall victim to pick pocketers.
  • While traveling, tourists are targeted by local criminals:
    • Do not stop to speak with people asking for help or money.
    • Never ignore suspicious persons or activities.
    • Do not accept gifts or “free” items.

Hotel Accommodations:

  • Choose a larger hotel that has a strong community reputation as this will be less risky than staying in a smaller boutique hotel.
  • Be aware of the location of your hotel especially if you plan to walk to restaurants or shops in the surrounding area.
  • Look for a hotel accommodation that has some type of perimeter defense system. This could be a resort that is surrounded by walls or fencing. This could also include armed security personnel.
  • Make sure the locks & telephone are working properly. Consider investing in portable alarms and locks to bring with you. A simple door stop can keep you safe while stopping possible intruders from entering your hotel room while you are sleeping.
  • Review the fire escape plan & find the fire escape door.
  • In-Room Safe vs Safe Deposit Box
    • Some hotels have a safe-deposit box for guest use. It’s usually more secure than an in-room safe. Hotels are often liable for theft from lobby safes but not for theft from in-room safes.

Safe Travels!

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