Time for Spring Break. Amidst the mad-dash of finding those amazing deals on travel packages and packing your suitcases, make sure to take along some tips on how to remain safe on your trip.
Safety equals peace of mind and that peace of mind can prevent catastrophe from striking and ruining the perfect vacation. Here are three keys to remaining happy, healthy, and safe while you’re out gallivanting.
Nothing can make a trip turn sour than lost or stolen money and credit cards. In order to make sure your backup plan has a backup, make sure to keep your money sources in separate places. This means keeping a credit card or two and some spare cash somewhere off your person, either in a safe in your hotel room or somewhere else safe like with a friend or relative who may live locally. Along these same lines, make sure to keep your wallet in a front pocket or a handy-dandy travel belt that can be concealed under clothing. This will help prevent you from being pick-pocketed. If you’re a woman traveling with a purse, make sure to try and use a purse that has zippers or compartments that are hard to slip a hand into. Less is more when it comes to traveling and simplicity is key.
Avoid using your credit card at an internet café where unscrupulous characters take to copying your keystrokes and logs in order to obtain sensitive information like email and bank account username and passwords. An easy trick to deploy is to open a couple extra browser windows with the same page you are on and in the middle of typing in your credentials, switch pages and type in wrong characters to throw keyloggers off your scent.
Always make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations and that you acquire any vaccinations you may need for wherever you’re traveling. Also chat with your doctor about any health concerns that you should be aware of. Make sure before you embark that you have the proper travel health insurance to cover any bumps, scrapes, bruises, or worse while you’re on your adventures. While learning to motorbike the crazy side streets of Rome or Jet Ski in the Bahamas may seem like a dream come true, be aware of what accidents your travel insurance will cover.
If you’re thinking of embarking on a beautiful underwater journey with the help of a friendly local instructor, be sure to check the fine print on their certificates and see that they have good safety records and legitimate qualifications. PADI has a list of qualified diving operators here. If you’re one of many who are animal lovers, please resist the temptation to pet stray dogs or cats, or even monkeys or other local wildlife. Stray and naturally wild animals may be carrying diseases like rabies and other infections. In all of these instances it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you want great memories, take a picture or make sure you follow the proper precautions for anything that might put you in a position to be harmed so you can be sure to stay safe.
These tips offer a simple culmination of remembering to stay happy and healthy. Make sure while you’re out and about you check to make sure you have all your belongings before you leave any public place like a restaurant or store. Check for wallets and purses or souvenir bags that you may have picked up along the way. Try to keep your bag or backpack on your lap or wrap the strap around your leg so that when you stand up you are reminded.
When traveling, you may visit another country and happen to be the wealthiest person around. That beautiful diamond bracelet may sparkle in the evening light of Barcelona, but it can also attract thieves. Try to keep jewelry to a minimum while out exploring. Better yet, just leave your jewels locked up, at home. Last, but not least, if you find yourself in a situation where you are being robbed, just give it up. No heirloom necklace or amount of money in your billfold is worth your life or the lives of your loved ones.
So, while you excitedly go to board the plane or hop on the freeway to your next destination, make sure to keep these tips at the fore front of your mind so you can enjoy your Spring Break to the fullest.