Travel Safety Information
Travel safety issues are important to consider during your planning.
While you may not like to consider this aspect of traveling, it is
essential to ensuring a safe and rewarding journey for you and your
First, it is important not to dwell on
the negative nor become overly anxious. By following some practical
tips from travel professionals, you can take your trip with total
tranquility. To begin with, let's examine 8 Key Travel Safety Tips for Your Next Business Trip or Vacation
by Tony Skerritt of Official Lost Stolen, a database for people to list
their stolen and lost property, pets and people, including lost
Overseas and local travel can be a disheartning experience for
the casual traveler. Observing some basic rules can save a lot of
heartache and problems.
Personal security when traveling is important but should not get in the
way of a person's trip or vacation and, more importantly, enjoyment.
Knowledge is power here as a person can then just do the things
naturally to ensure that he or she and his or her possessions are safe
Many security companies and people thrive on creating a dangerous
environment. By this, I mean that they promote the dangers rather than
the simple positive things you can do to protect yourself and be able
to confidently put the security issues in the background. After all, we
travel and take vacations for relaxation and enjoyment and having our
attention tied up in how dangerous it may all be defeats the purpose of
going in the first place.
So do what you need to be safe and be confident in your actions. Some helpful tips that you can put to use are:
1. Use your credit card when you travel. A lot of the card companies
protect you and your purchases when your use their card. If you should
have the card lost or stolen, then a phone call will cancel the card
and get another one sent to you immediately. Talk to your card company
before traveling and find out how to deal with this situation and how
fast they can get you a new card. Also, paying for all or as much of
the trip before you leave will prevent you from being stranded
somewhere or not having a hotel to stay at. The less you have to pay
for once on the road, the easier it will be in an emergency.
A little knowledge here will save a heap of worry and upset, not to
mention being stuck somewhere with no money. It is a good idea to stash
a couple of days' funds somewhere so you have it until a replacement
card arrives. You can still get travelers checks -- these have some
measure of security built in as you need an ID to cash them. Do not
keep this in the same place as your credit card. No money at all is
very unpleasant in a foreign land, or anywhere else for that matter.
Believe it or not, there are still some countries that have credit card
2. Do not carry more documents and personal information around with you
than you actually need. For example, you are probably never going to
need your birth certificate when you travel. Take only two credit cards
and keep only one on you at any one time. Most hotels have security
safes where you can lock up the things you do not need to be carrying
around. You should not need more than one credit card, a passport and a
driver’s license if you are going to be driving. Leave the rest at home
or locked up in your hotel.
A good plan is to make photocopies of all your valuable travel
documents, including your passport. If you are unfortunate enough to
have it stolen, then you have an actual copy and this will be a huge
help in getting a replacement and will act as ID in an emergency.
Carrying valuables in a fanny pack round your waist just labels you as
a tourist and tells people where your valuables are. Keep them in
inside pockets or button down pockets where they can’t be easily picked.
3. Do not give out personal information over the phone when traveling,
particularly in countries with older phone systems that can still be
used for evesdropping. If you have to send things like social security
numbers, ask if you can fax it to them or better still, ask if they
have a secure web site where you can enter the information. Look for
the little padlock symbol on the page. That will show you it is
encrypted and secure.
4. Make sure trusted friends and/or relatives know your itinerary.
Should the worst happen, at least someone will have the knowledge of
where you were and what you were doing. This may save the police days
of work should an emergency arise.
5. If carrying a computer with you, make sure you have all passwords
set so it is secure even if it does get stolen. Use a password with a
combination of letters and numbers that are not related to you in any
way. Do not use your initials and the year of your birth, for example.
The longer it is, the less chance someone is going to break it. Make
sure you have it well memorized before you set it or you will also be
locked out and that is guaranteed to ruin your trip before you even
6. When going through the airport security screening, watch what is
happening at the other end of the x-ray machine. Make sure there is no
unauthorized people hanging around, tying their shoe laces etc just
waiting for your computer or other baggage to come through ahead of you
while you are trying to get your body through the system. A thief can
grab your computer or bag and be gone without you even realizing it.
Use your eyes here and know what is happening around you.
7. Use the Internet. There is a lot of great information here that can
help you and a lot that can hurt you. If it does not sound right, then
it probably isn’t. Trust your gut on stuff. You will be right a lot
more than wrong. When filling out forms for travel and purchases or
whatever, only fill in the minimal ammount of information. The less you
have to send, the better. In reality there is not much that you really
have to disclose your social security number for. If a form asks for a
social security number, ask why it is needed, and if it is not vital,
then do not enter it.
Remember that your social security number is the mother load to a
thief. Once he has that and your name, your life is an open book for
him. Your identity has been stolen, and you have heard the horror
stories on this disaster. Use only trustworthy companies to purchase
from on the Internet. Ones you know are safest. If you are not sure of
a company, check their site and see which other companies advertise
there. An unknown company site that runs ads for a well-known bank or
software company, for example, will in all likelihood be quite Ok to
8. Above all this, educate yourself. Remember, I said above that
knowledge is power. Go online and search for identity theft data (try www.idtheftcenter.org
) or search for personal security, travel security etc and educate yourself. http://www.online-passports.com/
will help you replace a lost or stolen passport very fast. Also do not
forget to report a lost or stolen passport to your country's embassy if
you are overseas.
Do not buy into the media hype where they continually paint a gloomy
picture of the security situation. However, a touch of reality here, if
your identity is stolen it has been reported that you will probably
spend over 100 hours and a minimum of 6 months handling it and even
then, your credit report will still have derogatory information on it
that will take years to remove.
Our roads kill and hurt more people a year than any bad security
situations, home or overseas. Just learn how to handle it and it will
become second nature to you and not ruin your trip.
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