When it comes to planning the perfect vacation, there are a great many things that go into it. The most important detail that has to be first decided upon is the destination. Different people look for different things in a vacation destination. While some people dream about a vacation to a secluded Caribbean island, others may wish to experience the hustle and bustle of New York City, still others seek out the experiences that can only be had through going on an extended road trip and seeing a great many different cities and sites. It doesn’t matter what vacation destination you decide upon though, if when you arrive there you are not safe. There are a number of bad things that can happen to a vacationer, but the one that befalls most is simple burglary. Travelers are highly susceptible to being robbed, mostly because while they are in a new place experiencing it for the first time, the thieves that would take advantage of them are on their home turf. There are quite a few precautions you can take though to be safe once you’ve reached your destination.
Focus On Safety, Especially On Arrival
When traveling in unfamiliar areas, you and your family are at your most vulnerable. You are in a city or recreational area that you know little about, everyone is a stranger, and usually when you arrive you have all of your cash, credit cards and valuables on you at one time. Once you arrive at your accommodations you should make use of hotel safes if they supply them. Another item to protect as if it were one of your treasured possessions is anything that relates to your identity as well as any travel documents or airline tickets home that you may have.
Advice On Taxis
Most taxis in modern cities are certified and licensed, this is not always the case in other locations. The best way to be sure that you leave the airport in a vehicle that will get you to your hotel is to take the shuttle that most hotels provide for their customers. If you do take a taxi, it is better to take a taxi that is lined up in the queue in front of the airport than one that seems to avoid the queue and pick up passengers independently.
Foreign Currency Advice
Changing a small amount of currency into the currency of the country you will be visiting is a great idea. By doing this you will usualy end up with a very competitive exchange rate and you will also already have some local pocket money at the moment you arrive in the country. This way you won’t be “flashing” large amounts of money as you try to find a place to exchange your currency as soon as you get off the airplane.
Money Management Ideas
It is important to keep your wallet in an area that you can see or feel at all times and at the same time keep it out of plain sight and in a hard to get to place. This may be in your carry on luggage, in a backpack or on your person. If you are traveling with a lot of cash, divide the money up into several locations. This way if your wallet, handbag or carry on luggage is stolen the thieves will not be getting all of your money in one shot. It is also a good idea to keep a small amount of money in your pocket so that you aren’t opening your wallet over and over for every little purchase and taking the chance of showing a large amount of cash to the wrong person.
Know Your Airport
Some of the most inconvenient times can be had in unfamiliar airports where you don’t know where the baggage claim is or how to navigate from concourse to concourse. Most major airports have websites online and you can view a general layout and get a feel for where important locations are situated at.
Remember Paper Maps?
In today’s modern digital age, many people have sworn off paper maps. Paper maps however are very convenient for travelers to pull quickly from their handbags or carry ons to consult while walking or even riding in a taxi.
It Is Time To Phone Home
One of the first things that you should do when you arrive at your destination is call home to family or friends so that they are aware of your location. This not only eases the minds of the loved ones you left behind, but also is a great way to inform someone of your last known location should something happen to you or your family.
Once you have decided on a vacation destination, packed for the trip, and made your way all the way there, there are still some safety issues to think about. Most of the things that you can do to protect yourself, your family and your possessions while on vacation are largely common sense. From keeping cash out of sight to being prepared for all that comes in this new area, protecting yourself and your family at all costs during a family vacation should be your biggest priority. Any step you can take should be taken, especially when most of the time it is a fairly easy thing to do as long as you have planned ahead.