When you’re on the road for business or pleasure it is important that safety stay in the forefront of your mind.
Traveling in either capacity can often mean being in unfamiliar locations. Even if you visit your destination regularly, it’s not as familiar as home. No matter your age, gender or destination, it’s worth keeping in mind suggestions for staying safe.
No matter where you are, stay alert. Whether you’re on a busy street in the middle of the day or in a parking lot at night, be aware of your surroundings. While you may be thinking about many other things, keep your ears and eyes open. Make sure your cell phone is charged and nearby in case you need to reach for it quickly. Consider carrying a whistle or emergency alarm on your keychain.
Keep in touch. While your family, friends, or company may know your itinerary and where you’re staying, if you’re traveling abroad it’s always a good idea to follow the advice of the U.S. State Department and register your plans through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Enrollment will make it easier for the State Department to contact you if there’s an emergency, as well as alert you to important information about places where you’re heading. Check in on a daily basis with friends, family, or with a coworker, even electronically.
Avoid areas that seem risky. Many of the things you can do to reduce risk are just common sense. Don’t display expensive-looking jewelry, large amounts of money or other valuable items. Make sure your hotel has a front desk that’s staffed 24-hours a day. Electronic key cards for your room and for the elevator provide an added measure of safety, as does getting a room on an upper floor.
Women especially should keep in mind that your safety is always more important than being polite. This is true for all travelers: Whether it’s getting out of an elevator while mumbling something about forgetting your cell phone or walking away from a conversation that turns uncomfortable, do whatever it takes to remove yourself as quickly as possible from a situation that feels unsafe.
Our Advisors are ready to help plan a trip anywhere in the United States or abroad. And making sure that everyone has a safe trip is part of their job. Travel advisors closely monitor the State Department website for travel alerts to foreign destinations. Whether you need to change a hotel or reschedule a flight, or if there’s a change of plans, we’ve got your back.