If there is one thing that most people miss: it is traveling without hassles and restrictions. We all know it has become an important aspect of our lives, whether in our business transactions, work tasks, or personal activities. Now that we are slowly recovering from the COVID-19 virus, and airlines are slowly scheduling more flights, it is now time to spend a few days in a different environment. You can feel nature with Pinetop cabins, go to international museums, or have some strolls in the malls — just get out in your house and interact with people again. 

However, keep in mind that putting your guards down may be detrimental to your health. Here are the essential travel tips to keep you safe during your travel:  

Do research above anything else  

Without adequate information, you would not have proper preparation for your upcoming travel. So, getting to know thoroughly your destination is very crucial in making your plans. Here are the things you need to know before you travel: First, read reviews about the place to get to know small details that may be helpful when you arrive at your destination. Moreover, you can consult with trusted locals to know which places are the safest or farthest from crime incidences as well as the shortest routes to save gas.   

Additionally, you will need to know what and who to call in times of emergency. So, ensure that you have the contact information of the nearest embassy, police station, consultate, or some local emergency departments. You can also get contact information for important services that can help you during accidents and emergencies.   

Avoid drawing attention  

Kidnapping and other crime incidents have been reported about individuals who shared their whereabouts on social media to strangers. One way to avoid this is to stop drawing attention from anyone you don’t trust and instead inform friends and family. Moreover, people who act like they are alien to the place are more vulnerable to crime, so there is a need to blend in by having information about the place before arriving. This involves knowing some safe routes, safe hotels, good restaurants to eat, and places to avoid.   

Pro-tip: be discreet when looking at maps on phone, or as much as possible, approach elderly women with a child with them, as they are the least suspected individuals of crime. Do not bring valuable possessions and make sure that your money is secure from pickpockets.   

Do not trust public Wi-Fi and secure your own data  

Hackers find it easy to steal personal and financial information because public Wi-Fi is not secure. This is why it is important to secure your own internet data or set up a virtual private network. Even WIFI in hotels is not entirely safe and secure. Do not let convenience cloud your mind.   

Be cautious even when you are inside your room  

Being cautious entails two things. First, lock and deadbolt your door and windows whenever you sleep or away. Avoid informing people that you are away from the room by shutting off the window and placing a Do Not Disturb sign. Second, look for hidden cameras in the room. You can experiment on this by inspecting small devices like clocks, TV, light, lamp, charger, and others. Turn off the light and if you notice faint red and/or blue light, it is more likely a camera light. Shut it off and inform the hotel.