How to Be Safe When You’re Traveling on Your Own

How to Be Safe When You're Traveling on Your Own
How to Be Safe When You're Traveling on Your Own

1. Be sure to arrive during daytime.

This is when bus stations, airports, and hotels will be at their most active. People looking to prey on tourists can do it with ease at night, and people who want to help can look threatening. Make sure your arrival time will get you where you’re going during daylight hours.

2. Store important things separately.

If you’re keeping your money in a money belt, keep your credit cards in another place, and your passport in another. If the worst happens, and something gets lost and stolen, you’ll be better equipped to help yourself if not everything is gone. Additionally, if you keep reaching for your money belt over and over, you’ll attract attention to yourself.

3. If you’re leaving the country, register your excursion with the Department of State.

You can do this by phone or online. Doing so will ensure the country’s embassy is aware that you’re in the country. If something happens, such as an accident, the embassy will be poised to search for you and assist you. Even if friends and family know exactly where you are, registering with the Department of State can only help.

4. Look for people to group up with.

Have you met friendly people at the bar or the pool? See if they want to join you when you go out to dinner. Would you like to explore the area’s sites? See if there’s a tour group you can join up with. There’s a lot of truth to the idea of safety in numbers, and surrounding yourself with others will help keep you protected.

5. Take minimal luggage.

It can be a struggle to lug a lot of bags around on your own, and if criminals see you struggling, they may use the opportunity to grab one of your suitcases. Before you leave, be sure you can carry your luggage quickly and smoothly. If you can’t, it’s time to cut down your bags to the essentials.

7. Trust your instincts.

If something makes you suspicious or nervous, it’s better to play it safe and avoid it. If you’re uncomfortable walking back to your hotel, don’t be afraid to call a cab. If you have a bad feeling about something, it’s probably for a reason and it’s best to go with your gut. Even if your concerns are nothing, it can’t hurt listen to them. There’s no such thing as playing it too safe when you’re traveling alone!

Don’t be afraid to travel alone, just take the necessary precautions. As long as you put a little extra effort into keeping yourself safe, traveling on your own can be as rewarding as any big group trip might be. Have a happy trip, and stay safe.…

Tips When Traveling With Kids

Tips When Traveling With Kids

I am pretty sure that many of us have heard a horror story or two about traveling with kids, especially the small ones. Traveling with kids can be quite a challenge, as any parent would know. It’s really tough and there are really some instances when the kids can get on our nerves when we’re traveling. There’s the constant bombardment of questions such as “Mommy, are we there yet?” or “Mommy, I’m so bored”. And then there’s their constant urge to pee, to eat, to play, to cry and to throw tantrums. Oh the horror. Fortunately, there are ways that you can do to reduce your stress when traveling with the kids. Let me share to you some of them.

1. Make your kids feel comfortable on the idea of traveling.

Like for example, if you’re traveling by plane, talk to your kid days before your trip and help build up their anticipation for the trip. Tell them that flying is fun and exciting so that they wouldn’t freak out on the day itself. This is very important especially if it’s your child’s first time to fly.

2. Pack snacks. Kids tend to get grumpy when their hungry.

This is easy to manage when you’re traveling by car. You can just bring a bagful of snacks and place it inside the car. But when you’re traveling by plane, you can’t just bring a basketful of junk food inside the plane. As a tip, you can stash some snacks like Froot Loops cereals, or any cereal for that matter, on a small ziplock bag on your hand carry. This prevents your child from getting grumpy while waiting for the meals to be served.

3. Bring entertainment.

Kids also get grumpy when they’re bored. To avoid this, bring along a gaming console, a nice book, an iPad or an iPod to keep them occupied. Keeping the kids busy is the key to having a smooth and stress-free trip.

4. Separate your kids.

If your kids quarrel a lot, it’s advisable to separate them so that they can’t physically assault each other. Once kids fight, there’s surely some kind of drama that’s going to follow so it’s best to prevent it from happening. This way, you can avoid stress and embarrassment, especially when you’re traveling by plane.

5. Entertain your kids.

Apart from bringing all sorts of gadgets to keep your kids occupied, it’s also nice to have some kind of a travel game such as memory games or car numberplate games when you’re traveling by car. It’s a good way to keep your kids distracted while traveling.…