7 Travel Tips You Need to Remember
When you’re taking a trip it’s super easy to forget you’re not at home. Here’s some things to remember on your next trip.
1. Copies of Passport, Drivers License and Credit Cards
Make copies of your driver’s license, passport and front and back of your credit / debit cards. Keep a copy in your suitcase and one on your person . Also leave a copy at home with a family member or trusted friend. If you happen to lose your wallet you will have all the information you need to contact your credit card companies and proof of your identity. (Might want to not tell them to leave in suitcase as it might be lost at airport and now someone has all their information – save on your phone instead).
2. Avoid Social Media while Traveling
Being on social media while you are on vacation lets people back home know you’re away. Save your memories for when you return, then post them on social media.
3. Travel like a Local
Know your surroundings and plan your routes in advance. Ask your hotel manager about any places along your way that you should avoid. Stay on the beaten path, don’t wander on back streets or follow people to unknown areas.
4. Try to Blend In
When traveling, save the flashy jewelry for your resort or trusted areas. Don’t make yourself a target. Try to blend in with the locals.
5. Do Your Research on Excursions
When booking excursions make sure you look up reviews before going out. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of insurance from the vendor.
6. Be Cautious when Renting a Car
If you’re going to rent a car, ensure that it is from a reputable company to ensure it’s been well maintained. Make sure you review your personal auto insurance before accepting or declining insurance through the rental car company. Always rent a car you are familiar with, if you’ve never rented an exotic car doing it on your vacation may not be the best idea. Stay on well marked roads and don’t venture out to speedy areas. Plan your trip even if you’re just driving around sightseeing. Ask the person at the Rental car counter if there are any areas or roads you should stay away from.
7. Bring small amounts of Cash
Travel with Travelers Checks and small amounts of cash. Flashing large amounts of cash will only draw unwanted attention.
In the end even if it’s a weekend trip close to home, make sure someone trusted knows your Itinerary. Check in daily to ensure they know you’re ok.