Today I’m sharing 9 Travel Safety Tips.
Whether you are traveling alone, with a tour company or traveling to a foreign country, these 9 tips for safety on your vacation to any destination will help. I will discuss RFID technology, I will discuss travel safety apps and more. Female travelers as well as male travelers can benefit from these safety tips while traveling. If you are traveling alone, you are already helping yourself be safe by watching this Travel Tips by Laurie video.
Traveling safety tip #1 is:
Plan ahead before travel. Be smart before you start. Enroll in www.step.state.gov/step/ This travel tip for safety is The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals to log their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
You will receive safety information from the Embassy about conditions in your destination country. Enrolling in STEP will allow the U.S. Embassy to get in touch with you in an emergency: natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. I love this idea especially for family emergencies.
I also think it is safe to take a picture of your passport and email your passport info to a family member IN CASE you are the one who is incapacitated. Yes, you can get it from your email as well. But if you are in a coma, a family member can act quickly.
Keep paper copies of your passport and health insurance card in a secret place, keeping originals on your person. We use passport holder belt. There are other RFID blocking purse crossbody bags. A subscriber wears a neck wallet instead of a belt one. I am buying a package of these RFID sleeves that would just hold a few cards. If you haven’t watched my 33 Travel Hacks video, there is a great hack on how to secure your purse while you’re eating at an international outdoor cafe…like in Barcelona for example.
Does an RFID blocking purse or wallet help your safety?
There are RFID blocking pouches and sleeves so you do not have to buy a purse per se. Radio frequency identification. RFID is an electronic way to skim information off of your cards. I thought that if my card had a chip, that meant that it is RFID capable. But in an article by Loss Prevention Media they shared that less than 1% of cards are. If you can wave your card over a terminal and payment go in, then it can be stolen with radio frequency technology.
They say that the microchip on your payment card doesn’t mean that its ID can be stolen. It means that it’s extra secure.
And in an article by Afar they found that in order for your passport id to be stolen, the little machine needs to be within 6 inches of the book. When the passport book is closed there is a security tape that makes stealing your identity info impossible.
Traveling safety tip #2 is:
There is safety in numbers.
The Albatross tour company has specific tours for single travelers. So you are traveling with a group, but you sleep and have time alone.
You want to walk down streets and cities where there are people or crowds. Walking down a street alone can be prevented, be smart and stay where the crowds are.
Travel safety tip #3 is:
Write down those numbers. Write down the #s of your credit card company’s phone numbers in case you have to cancel your credit card, your credit union or bank #s so you can call them from your destination.
Travel safety tip #4 is:
Be observant. Look up. Be aware of your surroundings. Be prepared for diversions. Barcelona is the #1 city for pickpocketing. Our friend Roxane in Barcelona on Las Ramblas was eating at an outdoor cafe at night. She put her bag under her chair (but failed to wrap around chair or her foot). Joe was smoking a cigar and two different times someone stopped and asked for a light. She thinks they were casing them out then. Then a man sat two tables down and struck up a conversation…. that’s when she thinks they stole it. Joe had the same cards as her, so she got phone numbers to her bank and credit card company off his wallet to call and cancel cards and report theft.
You can write your credit card telephone numbers in your Notes section of your phone before you travel. Or you could enter the phone numbers in your actual phone’s contacts. Like Credit Card Visa: 1-800, etc.
Traveling safety tip #5 is:
Go on food tours. You will be in a group and go to locally known businesses. It’s our #1 way to see a city and dive into their culture. And take euros or small change for a tip. I have forgotten cash for a tip while I was on a food tour in Maine. I was so embarrassed. But I hunted down the tour guide and mailed him cash.
There are also foodie meetups in other countries that you can visit. I typed in foodie meetups in Barcelona. Search for them online before you travel.
Traveling safety tip #6 is:
Tell me what you think about this one. Ask hotel desk clerks for their advice on where to eat alone and what to see alone.
I can highly recommend YouTube videos. YouTube is the #2 search engine so you can google things but don’t forget about YouTube for travel tips on specific destinations.
Traveling safety tip #7 is:
Use travel safety apps. I saw on Too Many Adapters that they recommended a Free Safety App called TripWhistle SOS. With 196 countries in the world and more than 70 different emergency numbers you can contact police, fire, and ambulance emergency numbers anywhere in the world.
Travel safety tip #8 is:
Read through tsa.gov or call them from their Contact tab. The TSA even has a YouTube channel and Instagram page. Staying safe starts with planning ahead as a traveler.
Speaking of TSA I don’t think it’s necessary to lock your luggage for the airplane; if TSA or ground workers want to get into your bag, they will cut it and it may harm your suitcase.
Travel safety tip #9 is:
Listen to travel podcasts. I found Women Who Travel podcast. It seems okay to start with, but you can be really specific in what you are searching.
For peace of mind, if it makes you feel better, secure your wallet or passport with an RFID blocking bag or pouch or sleeve. But definitely utilizing the eight other tips to travel safety will help you and your peace of mind…and your mama’s! Traveling is very safe, even if you are all alone. But be smart before you start.
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