Traveling should be fun. Staying safe takes little effort – so follow these 16 tips:
1. Travel with a friend or group. The saying, "there is safety in numbers," is certainly true.
2. Get good directions and have an excellent map. One of the bigger print ones is my favorite.
3. Make sure your map is new. Old maps carry outdated information.
4. Plan your route and let your friends / family at home know where you are going.
5. Check in frequently by phone. If you do not have a cell phone – then purchase a pay as you go phone to carry. They are around $ 30 and well worth the money.
6. Do not discuss your route with strangers. And be very cautious around strangers who seem overly friendly.
7. If you feel suspicious (about anyone or anything), then go with your gut instinct – get away from the situation as fast as you.
8. If you get lost, then stop at an open business and get directions. Do not ask just anyone you meet on a street. Do not appear lost.
9. Stay on main streets (when you can) that are well lit.
10. Carry traveler's checks or credit cards. Try to carry as little cash as possible.
11. Keep important papers at home. Carry only copies when you can. If you must carry these papers, keep them locked up in the hotel / motel safe.
12. After you check into your room, find the most direct escape routes in case of fire (or other major disasters).
13. Always keep your door locked in your motel / hotel room.
14. Take a small tissue and stuff it into the peephole. You can remove it if you wish to see out, and it will keep others from looking in.
15. If someone is outside your door and you do not know who they are – do not open your door. If they persist outside your door – call motel / hotel security.
16. Do not stay on the ground floor. Especially if you are alone.