Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Six Tips for Keeping Safe On Your Travels #WGTravel #safetravel #havefunbesafe

Most of us aren't venturing far from home during the ongoing COVID pandemic...but that doesn't mean we can't think about and plan  for future travel adventures while we're waiting to safely hit the road again! One topic all travelers need to think closely about is safeguarding yourself, your belongings, and your personal data when you travel. Today, The Weekend Gourmet correspondent is sharing six tips to maximize your safety while you travel. This article may contain affiliate links.

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For many, traveling during non-pandemic times is a must. People want to see the world and experience all it has to offer. While there are many new and wonderful things to enjoy about the world, there are also pitfalls to be aware of. Read on for six quick tips to help you stay safe wherever you travel in the world. 

(1) Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

If you're using a public Wi-Fi spot, whether via a PC or on your mobile phone, always be careful about the details you share. Hackers may be able to gain access to your bank details and identity over an unstable public Wi-Fi connection. While abroad, expensive roaming charges are standard, so many travelers turn to public Wi-Fi for free internet access. If you're trying to change your hotel room TV into a smart TV via a firestick, Troypoint's guide can alert you how to best keep your identity protected. This guide can also provide guidance if you're using a PC in the hotel lobby. Always use a VPN to alter your geographic location and keep you safe from criminal opportunists on the Internet.

(2) Wear a Fanny Pack

Carrying all your valuables on your back -- where anyone can gain access with ease -- is simply unwise. Instead, keep your essential items in front via a fanny pack -- where you can easily access it and keep an eye on it. By doing so, you'll avoid the risk of pickpockets targeting your belongings. Pickpockets are prevalent no matter where you travel, with tourists being an ideal target.

(3) Utilize a Card Protector

Many credit cards today are contactless, which poses a new risk for card owners. To prevent criminals from extracting your credit card details via a remote reading device, always put your debit and credit cards in a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) blocking wallet or sleeve. 

(4) Take Out Travel Insurance

Travel insurance can cover a wide range of issues you otherwise wouldn't be able to afford if the worst occurs while you're traveling domestically or abroad. For "just in case" scenarios like urgent doctor appointments, medical expenses, securing alternate accommodations, or providing cash for lost/stolen luggage, travel insurance provides peace of mind.

(5) Store Valuables Separately

When your valuables are concerned, you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket. Instead, spread them around in the name of safety. You can use the pockets inside your jacket, your fanny pack, and you can even store some of your money in your sock. You never know what can happen when you're traveling away from home. At least you can be confident if you lose money -- or someone steals from you -- that you have additional money stored elsewhere on you as a backup.

(6) Alert Family of Your Whereabouts

If you're traveling solo, this step is crucial. Always let someone know where you are...and where you're going next. If there's an emergency and you need help, your relatives or friends will have a much better chance of quickly locating you. 

Implementing theses six simple precautions while traveling can help you prevent the worst from happening. It also gives you additional peace of mind while you're on vacation.

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