Marvelous Mouse Agent Jen McGurn shares with us her top 10 travel safety tips! You can connect with Jen here! https://www.facebook.com/JenMMarvelousMouseTravels
1) Do your research. Even though I am a travel agent and I provide my clients so much information about their destinations and resorts and/or cruise ship, I always recommend that they do some research on their own just so they feel confident about their destination. The more confident you are as traveler, the better off you will be on so many levels!
2) Make sure someone at home has copy of your itinerary.
3) Stay in well-populated, well-lit areas and always be aware of your surroundings. If possible, do not travel alone.
4) Do not accept drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended. If using the mini-bar, examine the bottle for evidence of tampering.
5) Don’t carry a lot of cash. The less cash you carry, the less you will lose if anything happens to your wallet.
6) Don’t share a cab. While it may be enticing to split the fare, it’s not worth the risk. Always find out the fare before accepting the ride.
7) Photocopy all important information including your passport, both sides of your credit cards, travel itinerary, other ID’s and contact information. Leave one copy with a friend or relative back in the States and another in your room safe or email the documents to your account for easy access. In the event of a theft, you will have the information to fax to the U.S. Embassy and be able to get an emergency replacement passport. Having your credit card information will make it easier to report your card lost or stolen.
8)Blend in! Try not to wear clothing that screams tourist! Be aware many countries and islands have clothing laws or guidelines. For example, on many Caribbean islands it is illegal to wear camouflage, that is reserved strictly for the military.
9) When visiting beaches, always wear water shoes. They protect your feet from rocks, broken shells, hot sand or sea urchins!
10) Last, but certainly not least, protect yourself and your travel investment with travel insurance. If something does go wrong, travel insurance can help you with medical bills, lost luggage, delayed flights, weather related evacuations and so much more!