You already know that you should contact the post office and newspaper to turn off delivery before taking off an extended vacation. You may also leave a light on or ask a friend to stop by your house to make it clear that your home isn’t empty. While preparing your home before you leave is essential, you also need to prepare yourself. Savvy travelers know that with so many hazards and potential dangers in the world today, they need to stay safe on the road.
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Make a Plan Before You Leave
How much information do you leave behind when you set off on vacation? If you’re like most people, you probably tell a few friends and family members where you plan to go, and you may even leave behind contact information for your hotel. It’s also important that you inform your loved ones of your plans, especially if you visit an area known for crime and other problems. This lets them keep track of your itinerary and notify the authorities in the city if you disappear or no longer remain in contact. While you might think this is overkill, you’ll change your mind if you find yourself lost in the woods after stepping off a trail during a hike.
Carry the Bare Minimum
Hotels place safes in your room for a reason, but many people fear that those safes offer little in the way of protection. The more money and credit cards you carry on your person, the more you have to lose. Pickpockets exist in nearly every city around the world, and they can lift your wallet and everything else you carry in your pockets in just a few seconds. Many experts recommend using traveler’s checks and placing your more expensive belongings in a room safe. Bluegreen Resorts and other similar facilities offer room safes and may have safes behind the front desk that you can use.
Listen to Your Instincts
Savvy travelers know that they should listen to their instincts. A common scam that some avoided thanks to their instincts involved a late-night call. Someone calls the room stating that they are from the front desk and that there is a problem that requires the occupant to step outside for a few seconds. The person then robs or assaults the guest. Another scam occurs in some local bars and restaurants, with a local person drugging the drink of a traveler. If you find yourself in a situation that somehow seems off, just walk away.
Choose the Right Room
You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a hotel by its price. Cheaper-hotels often have exterior cases to all rooms, offices that close after dark, and no security guards. It’s often worthwhile to pay a little more for the security that you receive. When choosing a room, ask for one on a higher floor and close to an emergency exit. Robbers will typically go straight to the ground or bottom floor rooms and ignore the upper floors. Staying close to an exit lets you leave the building quickly if a fire breaks out or another emergency occurs. Though you cannot plan for every situation you might face on your travels, you can plan for some.