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Tips To Keep Safe While Traveling

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Traveling is something that we all do at points in our life, and whether we go traveling once per year or make it our full-time thing, it’s important to always have your wits about you and to have safety in mind. Here are some tips to keep safe while traveling.

Be Wary Of Using Public WIFI

We all rely on technology nowadays in order to get about our daily lives, and the internet is something we heavily rely on. When traveling, you might not have access to a constant network, and therefore using WIFI might be useful. However, it’s important that when you use a public WIFI that you are wary about which ones you pick and what you do whilst on the WIFI. As a rule, it’s best to avoid any online banking when using public WIFI as these internet access points aren’t as well protected as your accommodation might be. Be careful when you use the WIFI and if you can, try to keep off public ones unless they’re absolutely necessary. The last thing you want is being scammed or hacked and having all your details compromised, especially your online banking.

Know The Roads If Driving

When driving in a different place that’s not well-known to you, it’s important to be aware of the rules. Make sure you clue yourself up on the driving laws, especially when you’re in a different country, and for some, that means driving on the other side of the road. You don’t want to be at the other end of a road accident that involves multi car accident victims. Be respectful of local laws and the speed limits that are involved. When you’re driving, always pay attention and don’t allow yourself to become distracted under any circumstances.

Keep Hold Of Your Valuables

Traveling means that you are taking everything with you, and therefore, it’s important to keep hold of your valuables at all times. Make sure you are carrying any valuables in a bag that’s zipped up and in your sights at all times. This is essential when it comes to things like your passport and any travel money that you bought with you. If you’re in a group, make sure you’ve always got someone who is responsible for keeping hold of the luggage if others want to go off. Anything you can keep in your hotel room can help keep them safe.

Password-Protect Phone and Add Tracking Tools

Smartphones in 2020 are more like mini computers which can store an increasing amount of valuable information and data. Sure, it might be super convenient to swipe your phone anywhere in the world to pay for goods in the supermarket but there is a risk if you don’t take your security seriously. The majority of people don’t realize how vulnerable they are to data theft from their phones when they are travelling. Phones that are not password protected, or that don’t have effective tracking tools added, in case of theft, make easy pickings for thieves on the lookout. To stay safe abroad set up a unique password for your financial services, in particular, and change it regularly. Always add and enable a tracking app before setting off. 

Protect Your Home While You’re Away

It’s very important to protect your digital life while traveling along with your belongings, but don’t forget to ensure your home is also protected from unnecessary risks. Home break-in s could happen, especially if it’s commonly known that you’re away. Furthermore, thieves may target your mail while you are gone, putting your credit cards and financial security at risk. The first thing to do is avoid any announcements on social media that you’re away. This can be frustrating at times – especially when you want to post pics of your holiday – but those pics can serve as a neon sign to thieves. Also remember to cancel your mail before you go so that credit card statements aren’t piling up in your mailbox. 

Get A Safe Where Possible

And talking of leaving valuables in your hotel, wherever you are staying, try and get access to a safe if possible. This can help provide a bit more security for your belongings, and hopefully, you can travel there and back without anything going missing. Even if your belongings are left out in the hotel room, they’re still vulnerable from getting snatched by crooked hotel staff.

Keeping you and your belongings safe while traveling is something that’s essential and always an element of traveling to keep on top of. Use these tips to keep yourself safe and sound.

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Melissa is a young and energetic writer, a mom to a sweet little boy, and a fur-mom to two perfect pooches. Before becoming the Associate Content Director for Project Female, she was a journalist specializing in topics related to women in politics and policy affecting women.

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