7 Travel Safety Tips for Today's Traveler
Updated: Apr 4
In today’s ever-changing world landscape, it’s important to keep travel safety top of mind - but also not to let it diminish from gleeful anticipation of your trip. We wanted to touch briefly on some of the tried-and-true travel safety tips to consider, whether you’re traveling near or far.
Here are some general travel safety tips that you can follow when traveling:
Secure your belongings: Keep your valuables, such as your passport, cash, and credit cards, in a secure location, such as a hotel safe or a money belt. Be aware of pickpockets and keep your bags close to you in crowded places.
Keep your documents safe: Make copies of your passport and other important documents and store them separately from the originals. You can also email copies to yourself or store them on a secure cloud service.
Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to what is happening around you and be alert for any suspicious behavior. Avoid dark, isolated areas at night, and try to stay in well-lit areas.
Stay in touch: Keep in touch with family and friends back home and let them know your itinerary. You can also use social media to keep in touch and share your travel experiences.
Get travel insurance: Consider getting travel insurance that includes medical coverage, trip cancellation coverage, and emergency evacuation coverage.
Follow local laws and customs: Be respectful of local customs and laws, and avoid behaviors that may be considered offensive or illegal.
Trust your instincts: If something feels off, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
By following these travel safety tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip! Also, try not to get bogged down in the latest news cycle. Remember instead that crime and unforeseen occurrences can happen anywhere. In most destinations, the benefits of travel and new experiences may outweigh any risks.
And if you still have misgivings about a planned trip, loop in your travel advisor. We’re here to help!
My name is Meredith Strack -- Adventure and Family Travel Advisor
Meredith loves the excitement of planning travel adventures! She is married and has three young children, ages 2, 4, and 6. She has traveled coast to coast through the United States, and has slept in 47 different states. She has visited 26 countries on 6 different continents, and can't wait to add more to her list each year. Her bucket list includes seeing each of the 7 New World Wonders, and she is so close to completing the challenge!
Meredith specializes in Caribbean/Mexico, European, and Alaskan/Hawaiian experiences.