Vacation Safety Tips!
Here you will find some vacation safety tips that we hope you can utilize on your next vacation to the "Keys"!
Although some of these tips may not seem relevant to the Islands, they are safety tips for traveling anywhere and it's always good to lean a little to the safe side.
Babies don't need a vacation but I still see them at the beach. I'll go over to them and say, 'What are you doing here, you've never worked a day in your life'! - Stephen Wright
Whether you are planning a trip to Disney World or some unusual vacation to the outback, there is never a guarantee against crime or accidents. But fortunately, there are ways you can minimize your exposure to both.
Simply do some research on your destination, plan ahead, create a family safety plan and take a proactive approach to your vacation.
Vacation Safety Tips
Break Down Your Plans into Three Stages
- Plan your Departure
- Plan Your Traveling
- Travel Smart
Plan Your Departure!
- Consult with a reputable travel agent. Avoid the ones who offer everything and then rush you to make your decision and send them your money. There are scam artists everywhere.
- Have family, friends or neighbors watch your home while you are gone. Make sure they can get a hold of you in an emergency.
- Leave your house looking lived in. A car in the driveway (even a neighbors) is a good idea.
- Make sure someone is picking up your mail and newspapers daily!
- If you will be gone for awhile, have someone cut your grass. Make it look like someone is there.
- Do not leave a set of hide-a-keys outside. The bad guys know where to look.
- Set household lights before you leave. Timers are great!
- Consider trip insurance. You can get insurance for anything such as scuba insurance, lost luggage and more importantly, injuries.
- Make photocopies of your passport and make a list of your credit card numbers. This will speed up the replacement of your lost or stolen items.
Plan Your Travels!
- Let someone know your travel plans and itinerary. Let them know when you change it. It's nice knowing somebody back home is watching after you.
- Stay in contact with them on a predetermined schedule.
- Plan how your money is to be divided and carried.
- Travelers checks are great for covering yourself against loss.
- Credit cards provide you security against bad purchases and poor service.
- Never flash money in line or at the counter. People are watching.
- Always be on the watch while traveling. Use your sixth sense!
- Have a plan for the unexpected. Consider the various scenarios such as breakdown, theft, lost luggage, delays and etc. Have a plan for dealing with them.
- Use your business address instead of your home address on your luggage tags and never leave your luggage unattended.
- Again, never flash cash and never carry large amounts of cash on you.
- While in your rooms, keep the doors locked and dead-bolted.
- Never open the door to strangers. (Just like at home)
- Never leave purchases on the car seats in plain site.
- Rental cars stick out like sore thumbs. Keep your valuables on you or locked out of site in the trunk.
- Always be aware of your surroundings while traveling. Know where you are at all times, and know how to get where you are going!
- Stick with the groups in unfamiliar places. There is safety in numbers.
- Never just dress to the nines because you can. If you want to look like a rich tourist, there is always someone who will notice.
- Use room safes or safety deposit boxes provided by the hotel. Store all valuables out of sight, even when you are in the room.
- Know the escape and fire routes in your hotel. Know how many doors there are to the exits in case of fire and smoke.
We hope you can use some our vacation safety tips. Bottom line, just use common sense and always remain aware of your surroundings. Most travelers that get into trouble could avoid it with just some simple precautions.
Another great site for vacation safety tips is the state department travel advisory.
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