When you’re traveling, it’s especially important to think about security. USA Today recently ran an article on tips for travelers who are going to risky countries. CNN.com also recently ran an article dramatically entitled “These tips for travelers could save your life.”
Several easy steps can make travel safer for everyone.
Before you go:
- Study your destination. If you’re heading to another country, go to the US State Department’s website and read about the country you’ll be visiting. The information on the site will help you figure out areas of potential concern.
- Know the phone number and street address of the local US Embassy so you won’t have trouble contacting them in case of an emergency.
- Make a copy of your passport and other important document in case you lose your originals.
- Share your itinerary with family and friends.
While you’re there:
- Make sure you have situational awareness. Keep an eye on the people around you, and have a game plan for what you’ll do if something if trouble arises.
- Don’t be too trusting of strangers. Don’t reveal information like your hotel room number or your itinerary to strangers.
- Dress to blend in so you don’t stick out as a tourist. Look like you know where you’re going.
- Make an effort to learn the geography and the street layout of the area you’re visiting.
- Email or call your family back home to keep them posted on where you’re going.