Travel Safety Part 2: Top Tips For A Safe Vacation

Posted on January 6, 2012


Everyone wants to have a great vacation!  Here’s how to have a safe vacation too. There are many things that can make or break a trip.  Here are a few things that can “break” a trip; when there’s an accident, some things are lost or stolen, someone gets hurt, or some other tragedy.  By taking a few simple steps to have a safe vacation, you can keep it from going to “Hell“.

If you haven’t read our 1st blog on travel safety, I strongly suggest you do.  Even if you have, I’m going to recap some important safety tips.  Plan ahead, know where you are going, but most important, be aware.  Know your surroundings, keep an eye out for what’s going on around you.  Do not wear head phones, you also need to hear whats going on around you.

There are a lot of things you can do to have a safe vacation. Before you leave your hotel room to see the sites, lock your valuables in the room safe. If they don’t have one, check with the hotel to see if they have an area you can lock away your valuables.

Wear a money belt, and only carry what you need.  What you do carry with you, keep most of your money, credit cards, and ID in the money belt.  If you need something out of the belt, don’t take it out where others can see. Take a small amount of cash out before you leave the hotel, or find a private area, like a bathroom to take out what you need.

The same thing applies your passport.  Try to find a passport holder that has a cut resistant strap.  For women, keep your purse in front of you.  For men, put your wallet in your front pocket. You can even put a rubber band around it so you are more likely to notice it being taken.  My husband has an old wallet full of those paper promotional credit cards in it, (along with one dollar bill), that he keeps in his back pocket…just in case someone tries to grab it.   I think he’s actually disappointed that no one has taken it.

If you are traveling with several pieces of luggage, bring along a rope or cable.  That way if you are in an area where its hard to keep control of all your bags, or they need to sit in one area for awhile; you can put the cable through the handles.  This will make it harder for someone to take one of your bags.

Be aware of Travel Scams.  Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you were the one who initiated the call. If you get a call and the person claims they are with the hotel and ask for your credit card number again, (because their computers went down or some excuse), do not give it.  Go down and check with the front desk.

A new travel scam that’s been used at hotels around the country, is where someone puts a menu under your door for a pizza delivery.  When you call the number, order a pizza and give your credit card number…the number isn’t connected to any pizza parlor.  They now have your credit card information. If you find a flyer either on your car or under your door, always check with the hotel.  They will refer you to a legitimate restaurant.

Whether its Travel Safety or Travel Scams, there are things you can do to help prevent a tragedy.  Plan ahead and always be aware of what’s happening around you.  If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  And don’t forget the old adage “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is”.  So by following these few simple steps, you can relax & enjoy a safe vacation.


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