Personal Safety Tips during Vacation

When you travel the odds are you will have a safe and incident-free trip. However, if you are not aware of basic travel safety you can become a victim of crime or violence. If you exercise discretion, aren't overly trusting, and don't put yourself into risky situations, your travels should be safe and worry free. Don't travel witb fear - travel carefully.

Following are some suggestions to help you travel safely.

1. Luggage tags - never put your borne address and phone number as this advertises the fact that you will be out of the country. I put my business address and phone number and I use a tag that bas a cover.

2. Never leave your luggage unattended.

3. Travel light. Limit your luggage to I checked bag and a small carry. This will allow you to move Duickly, have a free band and avoid injury due to heavy lifting.

4. Dress simple. Don't wear expensive jewelry as this only attracts attention.

5. Never wear name tags in public.

6. Only take taxis clearly identified with official markings. Beware of unmarked cabs.

7. If driving, park in well-lit and well-traveled areas

8. Don't use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lite streets.

9. Register with your government. Government offers this services so that they can contact and assist you in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform you of a family emergency at borne.

10. Read the fire safety instructions in your hotel room. Know bow to report a fire, and be sure you know where the nearest fire exits and alternate exits are located. Count the doors between your room and the nearest exit; this could be a lifesaver if you have to crawl through a smoke-filled corridor.

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