Traveling alone can be an enriching and exhilarating experience. It allows you to explore at your own pace, discover new cultures, and meet people from all walks of life. However, it also requires taking additional precautions to ensure your safety.
Research Your Destination
Familiarize yourself with local customs, language basics, the safest places to stay, and any potential areas to avoid. It’s also a good idea to check the US Department of State travel advisories to get the latest information on safety conditions in your destination.
Share Your Itinerary
Share your plans with two or three family or close friends, including your flight details, accommodation, and places you plan to visit. Regularly check in with them so they know you’re safe.
Keep Copies of Important Documents
Keep photocopies of your passport, visa, driver’s license, and other necessary paperwork. You can also save digital copies in secure cloud storage. In case of loss or theft, this will expedite the recovery process.
Drawing unnecessary attention to yourself can make you an easy target. Respect the local dress codes, learn a few local phrases, and avoid looking like a typical tourist. This also includes not displaying expensive gadgets, jewelry, or large sums of cash in public.
Trust Your Gut
One of the most potent tools for safe travel is your intuition. Don’t be afraid to remove yourself from uncomfortable situations, even if it means changing your plans.
Awareness of your surroundings or immediate environment is the first step toward safety. Generally, it is wise always to glance back, look around, and double-check. Always put yourself in a position for optimal 360-degree observation. If you can see it, you can deal with it.
Take Care of Your Health
Your health is your wealth, especially when you’re on the road. Stay hydrated, protect yourself from the sun, and carry a travel first-aid kit. Depending on your destination, getting certain vaccinations or medications may be necessary — check with your doctor or a travel clinic.
Secure Your Belongings
Never leave your belongings unattended. Using anti-theft backpacks and bags is also a good idea to deter potential thieves.
While it’s perfectly okay to let loose and enjoy yourself, excessive drinking can compromise your judgment and make you vulnerable. Always keep an eye on your drink and know your limits.
Discourage a criminal by sending the right message to demonstrate confidence and strength by:
- Adopting a vigorous, energetic walk
- Using long, confident strides
- Standing tall
Other Safety Tips
- Reserve your accommodations, car, or ground transportation before you leave home.
- Never use a home address on luggage; always use a business address.
- Travel with a carry-on to avoid long wait times at the airport.
- Keep your smartphone phone charged and pack a battery charger.
- If driving yourself, look in the backseat before entering your vehicle, then enter and lock the car immediately.
- Always wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Your safety is up to you, so be careful!
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If your organization requires business travel, make sure your employees are equipped to stay safe. Contact Tim to schedule the Tim’s Talk Street Smarts Travel Safety to educate your workforce on the techniques to ensure they do not become victims of violent crimes.