You Can’t Defend Yourself Enough When Traveling…



I have traveled all over the world for over 25 years and I know there is plenty of advice out there regarding safety tips for people traveling off and on, or those of us who travel all the time.  I have been on many web sites, blogs, and read plenty of books. At the end of the day it all comes down to one very important and manageable situation and behavior. You need to do what will work for you and will keep you within your comfort zone.

Here are some tips that have worked very well for me:

1.  Passport and Important Documents

All over the world you should have access to your email account. One way to get to your most important travel documents when you have to is to scan your documents, i.e. passport, airline ticket, drivers’ license, and then send them to yourself by email. Also, include phone numbers of your credit card company in the email. In case you lose your documents, or they get stolen, you can access your email account and have this important information right there. If you need a replacement, you can forward this email to the officer at the US consulate or embassy.

2.  Emergency Numbers

Emergencies always happen to the guy next to you? Well, I personally doubt that and you should have the phone numbers of your credit card companies, airline, etc stored in your cell phone. Also add the phone number of one or two US consulates/embassies to your emergency phone list. And don’t forget the number of your alarm company back home.


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