Safety, especially when traveling, is all about not making yourself a target. While digitization and the Internet can be reasonably celebrated as one of the most significant human advancements of the 21st century, they also equally post lots of threats. 

Our privacy is at greater jeopardy than ever before, and the risk becomes even more significant as we travel, all thanks to technology. Safety while traveling is no longer an aide-memoire but a vital safety essential.

Here Are Some of the Essential Travel Safety Tips:

1. Write Down Emergency Info

How much time do you spend traveling? Probably more than you might realize. So it is important to be prepared for emergencies even when you are on the go.

Most of us have confidence in calling 911 during emergencies. What if you get mugged and lose your phone and credit cards. You will need to know the number to call to block your card. 

Close up of woman's hands writing important information in a spiral notepad placed on wooden desktop with various items

Besides, 911 is not standard for all countries; in case you are traveling to a different country, you may need to know the country’s emergency number. These details should be well written and kept separate from valuables just in case you are robbed.

2. Check The State Department Website 

The government always posts travel advisories on the state department website. These statements detail the security risks and places you should avoid, aimed at helping us keep safe while traveling. You must check out these details by visiting the State Department Official Website, especially when traveling out of the country.

U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE — BUREAU of CONSULAR AFFAIRS Official website, travel advisories

3. Avoid Using Public WiFi 

Most people use public WiFi all the time, at a coffee shop, in a hotel lobby, or while waiting at the airport. Data sent through public WiFi networks can easily be intercepted by cyber-criminals, putting your data at risk.

coffee and free wifi sign in coffee shop with vintage color tone background, free wifi dangers of using public wifi

This data can be used to access your bank, perpetrate personality theft, or even to plant viruses on our electronics. Stay safe; buy yourself a portable WiFi router.

4. Password-protect Your Phone and Download a Tracking App

Our phones house the most important information ranging from emails to bank details/credit card information. If our phones are not Password-protected, these details can easily be accessed by intruders or thieves who steal our phones. 

Apple iPhone5s held in one hand showing its screen with numpad for entering the passcode

The password should be unpredictable and idiosyncratic. Always enable your phone’s location tracking. If the details are too sensitive, install a wiping software to destroy them in case the phone is stolen. 

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5. Don’t Post Location or Agenda on Social Media

Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram allow us to post pictures and share information online. All that posting comes with potential danger that can’t be seen; you might have to be careful because you might be revealing more than you think. 

aerial shot of marker pointing on the streets of europe city during sunset, geotag feature

Pictures taken with contemporary smartphones are geotagged. Anyone can pull that picture off the internet, put it in some type of mapping software like Google Earth, and trace the exact location the photo was taken. 

The concern is that because you can’t see the geotag feature, you could be unknowingly putting yourself in danger. Criminals can use this as a road map to where you are, tracking and attacking you or stealing from your home when you are not around. 

Should you stop posting pictures? No, just learn how to disable the geotag feature and detest from posting your location. For posting the agenda, it’s a resounding NO, and predators can use the agenda to find out where you are for that particular event. You should do the posting once you are back at home.

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