Safety Tips When Traveling Abroad

3 Steps to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

The recent deaths of American tourists in Dominican Republic resorts have left a lot of us asking: what should I do to keep safe during my next travel abroad? Although the reasons behind these tragic deaths are still unclear, there are some important tips and tricks to remember to stay safe when traveling abroad. The best advice: hope for the best, plan for the worst. Research Plan Watch Research When deciding where to go for vacation, it’s important to invest a little time finding out about the area of interest. Resort brochures are intended to entice and showcase facilities in the best possible light. It’s a good rule of thumb to look up the intended location through unbiased eyes. Check the US Department of State’s website for possible travel alerts/warnings Look up the destination on reputable “unbiased” review sites (e.g. TripAdvisor, Fodor’s) ASK people in your network if they have traveled to the intended destination Search for regional travel scams (e.g. the “gold ring scam” in Paris) Overall, the best research is gleaned from people who have traveled to the destination themselves. Do not blindly book your destination after watching/reading carefully created marketing promotions. Those resources only show the...

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Situational Awareness

How to Enhance Your Situational Awareness

We live in an electronic world and while these devices provide us with wonderful and instant connections and information, there is a downside… constant distraction. Every day we see people walking down the street texting on their cell phone.  If they are distracted by looking at their phone, they are not watching where they are going and may run into someone, something, or worse. The term for paying attention or being present in the moment is called “situational awareness”.  If they are texting or otherwise distracted, they are not being situationally aware which can have serious consequences! Be Fully Present in Your Environment There are steps you can take to make sure you are situationally aware. The first step in achieving situational awareness is to be fully present in your environment. This means to make a conscious effort to be aware and to notice what is going on around you.  By choosing to be aware, you may be better equipped to handle a situation that might arise. One exercise you can do is to think of the worst-case scenario and what you would do if it should happen.  Engage all of your senses and imagine possible outcomes.  Mental preparation...

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