Four Travel Safety Tips Every Traveler Must Know

Going on a trip can be a really exhilarating time in anyone’s life. You get to go to somewhere new and experience new things and it’s all great until you realize that you might be putting your safety in jeopardy.

Today, we wanted to discuss some crucial travel safety tips that anyone who is every planning on traveling needs to know. Let’s get started:

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Never Use Public Internet

The need to always be connected can be fairly strong especially when you’re in a foreign location. There are a lot of mobile apps which will require internet connection that can help any traveler sort out where they are and gather their bearings.

Since roaming charges can really be expensive, a lot of people tend to use any public networks available. This is a big mistake. It is fairly easy for anyone to set up a public network and gain access to your information once you are connected. In fact, this is one of the older tricks of hackers.

Keep Social Media Accounts Private

In today’s world, it is pretty normal for people to post information online. We tend to tag people we are with or even “check in” the location that we are presently at. If you account is private, your information can only be seen by those in your friend list.

If your account is public, anyone who searches for the information that you’ve provided (like a hashtag or a location) will see your post pop up as a result. This can make it very easy for criminal elements to locate you and target you specifically. As for back home, if criminal elements know you aren’t there, they can use that information and target your house for burglary.

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Be Wary of Strangers

If we were all in an ideal world, we would never have to be wary of strangers. However, films like Taken make it very clear that kind and friendly people that you meet may not be what they seem to be. If there is someone who seemingly pops up wherever you are and tries to actively engage you, be wary.

Don’t set yourself up to be the latest mark in their modus.

Inform Loved Ones or Friends of Travel Trips and Information

If you are going to travel—whether locally or abroad—it is very important that you inform trusted persons about it. Before you leave, make sure that someone you trust knows about where you’re going, who you are going with, and when you should be back.

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If you haven’t been making this a habit, you should. This way if you ever get into an accident or don’t show up when you’re supposed to, there will be people who will be looking for you.

Before You Pack Your Bags

It would be important for you to be aware of how you can really secure yourself (or people you’re with) while you’re traveling. After all, the last thing you would want is to not enjoy the vacation you set your heart on because you’ve been the victim of petty crime. Traveling is one way to really explore yourself and the world around you so it would be important for you to make sure that you’re safe while you’re doing that.

What travel safety tips do you adhere to when you’re off traveling?

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