5 Ways To Stay Safe While Traveling
We can all get excited when traveling but there can be certain things that you need to know and do in order to be safe. @LowcountryValet Traveling safely doesn’t need to be complicated, and in most cases, it’s a matter of using common sense and staying aware of your surroundings. Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, check out a few top tips to stay safe:
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- Know Your Transportation Company- When choosing airport transportation in a new city, do your homework and choose a reputable company. Before getting into a vehicle, check that it is in good condition with working seat belts. One of the best suttle places in the Charleston area is known as Lowcountry Valet And Shuttle Co. Run by a man named Jeffrey Newton, when you step into their vehicles, you’re taken back in time when things were simple, fun and beautiful. They offer you a variety of great shuttles and valet surfaces to take you where you need to go such as the airport or the hotel. They are unlike any other regular shuttle service because you don’t want to wait for oc-passengers. You can carry on more luggage and you are driven straight to your destination. No waiting time or stopovers for any other bookings. Their express and non-stop are so popular among busy people that you also are able to get extra luggage facility, more spacious and private transportation and child seats! They are a service all in their own and their customer service helps all weary travelers stay safe and get to their destination on time.
- Keep a Copy of Your Passport- Your passport is critical when traveling internationally, so ensure you have a copy: scan it, e-mail it to yourself, and even take a photo of it with your mobile phone. When it’s secured in your hotel safe, you’ll still have access to your information and replacing it will be simpler in case it is lost or stolen.
- Verify Guests- If someone knocks on your hotel door claiming to be hotel staff, call the front desk before you open the door to verify the housekeeping or maintenance staff needs access to your room.
- Protect Your Valuables- Secure your laptop with a lock. Choose clothing with discrete compartments where you can carry cash, a bank card, and other essential items you can’t afford to lose or have stolen. Special travel pants with hidden zippered pockets and travel pouches worn under your jacket are good options.
- Fake It – It may seem overboard, but consider carrying a “decoy” wallet, especially when traveling internationally in areas known for higher crime rates. Use an old wallet stashed with a small amount of cash, some old IDs, and an expired credit card. Have it easily available to hand over in case you’re robbed.
- Learn Common Travel Scams- Wherever you go, you’ll always find people ready to trick you of your hard-earned cash. If you’re lucky it’ll be obvious but there are plenty of crafty professional con-artists out there too. I get it, so many of us think they are smarter to be scammed but it happens more than you think. Some common travel scams I’ve been in have been with those that have children and asking for money. Make sure you look up most common travel scams more in depth especially around your specific destination. They could be as simple as a broken taximeter or a ring scam! Each country has their own special one to be on the watch for it. You don’t want your trip to be ruined because you weren’t prepared.
- Project Situational Awareness- Did you know that most human communication is based on non-verbal body language. This confidence can prevent you from becoming a target. Keep your head up, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. When you’re confident, potential attackers can sense it through your body language and eye contact. Most will choose to move on and find an easier victim to attack. Make direct eye contact with potential threats and they can potentially help ward them off, ensuring that you notice and see what they might be about to do. Don’t look worried and walk with purpose.
These are just some ideas that I think are important when traveling the globe and to keep you safe while enjoying what you love to do. How will you stay safe when traveling?