Whether you are traveling overseas or right here in the US, there are ways you can help protect your self against crime or getting hurt. Check out these five tips for your next vacation.
Often you will be walking through a city and you are looking down at your phone. You might be scrolling Instagram, texting or looking on a map but it puts you in danger. While you are looking at your phone, you are not looking around which makes you an easy target. If you need to send or read a text or check a map, walk into a business. At least in a business you have more people around and might be a little safer.
When you are in your hotel, most of the time you are pretty safe. But, there are some things you can do to make it safer. First, at the front desk, do not say your room number outloud. Second, use the safe in your room for valuables or if its not big enough, the front desk will often have a safe you can use. And third, only stay in hotels where the corridors are indoors. There are some exceptions to the last one, maybe in some national or State Parks the outdoor corridors might be the only option.
When you are on vacation sitting on the pool deck or the beach and enjoying a pina colada is part of the fun and you should enjoy your self. Where the problem comes in is the excessive drinking. This puts you at risk of not only getting hur but lost or a being a victim of a crime. If you are with a group and want to drink, designate haf the group as the sober ones and they can be responsible to make sure everyone is safe.
Its always a good idea to place a tag on your luggage so it can be identifies. But, only put your phone number and or email address on the tag along with your name. Never put your address. If for some reason your luggage gets lost and it has to be mailed to you, then give the airline your address.
Use TSA approved locks on your luggage. This will likely keep people out of your belongings.
Wildlife and The Natural Environment
If you are visiting a destination like Alaska or Yellowstone you will likely encounter some pretty cool wildlife. But, those cute little bear cubs have a mama and she will not give you much of a warning. That bison in Yellowstone will charge and you may not know it, they are fast. Be sure to maintain a safe distance and listen to park rangers and tour guides instructions, they will keep you safe. Remember, you are in their world.
Another area in the parks people get into trouble are around the natural environment. Don't take selfies on the edge of a cliff or dive into a unfamiliar body of water. Again listening to park rangers as well as following signs will keep you safe. I assure you, you have a better chance of having a great experience than if you don't follow these tips.
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