Traveling is one of the most adventurous activities in which you can engage. However just as you would want to remain safe at home, you should adhere to basic safety rules while you are away as well. That way you are able to enjoy your vacation and not need to concern yourself with all the possible negative incidents that can take place while you are away. There is always some risk you must assume when traveling to a location with which you are unfamiliar, so it is best to be prepared and comfortable with what you should do in case of trouble.
Start by planning your destination and preferred activities. In taking that initial step – which you should do regardless of safety considerations – you can then consider where the greatest risks are likely to be. For example, if you are headed to the islands for vacation, you should know that while the beaches are gorgeous and full of fun, they are also dangerous after dark. In tourist areas, there are people who prey on visitors because they seem to be naive and unsuspecting. Since you certainly do not want this to be your fate, by doing your research in advance on the areas you are visiting, you will know where and when not to go.
Second, never travel alone, especially at night. If you are vacationing by yourself this may be difficult, but you should avoid any desolate spots or areas where there is a high crime rate. It is certainly safer, when possible, to travel with even a small crowd. For example, though you might travel alone, find a group of people at your hotel with whom you feel comfortable to head out for some night life. If you do go alone, make sure to leave a detailed itinerary with someone in your family so they know where you are in case something nefarious happens to you.
While traveling, it is a good idea to keep a cellular phone on you at all times so you can call an emergency number if needed. Although 911 is a universal number in the US, it might not be everywhere, so always keep a record on hand of local police station numbers in case of an emergency.
As a last note of caution, hotels can be somewhat dangerous no matter where you stay. So, always keep your door bolt locked, and never open it for anyone you do not know. Store your valuables in your hotel room safe, and don’t leave money lying around even when you are in your room. Vacations can be quite pleasurable, and you want to make sure you keep it that way!