Figuring out how to stay safe while traveling abroad should be a top priority.
While visiting a new country is an exciting adventure, you should also take some simple and quick precautions to make sure your trip isn’t spoiled.
While we’re not security experts or law enforcement personnel, we have picked up a few tips over the years.
Here’s what we do.
Free Tools to Stay Safe
1. Before leaving home, travelers can sign up on the US State Department’s website for STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. In an emergency or civil unrest, this will give the local US embassy the ability to reach out and give you a warning or key logistical details to get out of harms way, if time permits. Travelers can sign up here.
[…] something happens and everyone needs to be warned or accounted for. Read this excellent post from The Voyage Report on how to register and sign up here. You should always heed State Department warnings when planning […]
Ladies be careful not to hang your purse on the back of your chair even in a fine restaurant. In Capetown my wife’s purse was stolen … someone (busboy) bumps the table as a distraction and someone coming by steals the purse which is easily accessed from the back of the chair while you are distracted. Police said this is a typical strategy and employee involvement is common.
We would like to stay apprised of the ongoing travel warnings for traveling to Cancun, Mexico from the US. Thanks.