9 Universal Travel Safety Tips:
Keep your family out of trouble when traveling this summer!
Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times and of the crowd around you. Try to blend in. Do not bring attention to yourself. Walk quickly and proudly so you show your confidence.
Be discreet and not too flashy with jewelry, gadgets, smartphones, cash or expensive clothing. Do not become a target.
Save important documents on your computer. Keep copies of your passport, driver's license, travel itinerary and any other important docs. Email or provide copies of your passport and itinerary to your family in case you may need in an emergency.
Know basic customs, geography and language. Know how to say basic greetings like hello, please, where is and thank you in the local language. Familiarize yourself with the area. Avoid secluded areas - especially at night.
Know your transportation. Familiarize yourself with local registered taxis. If using public transport, prepare in advance -know where you are going and what to do without asking or panicking.
Trust your gut. If something doesn't feel right in a specific area, leave immediately.
Get out. Know what fire and emergency exit signs look like and where they are located.
In case of emergency. Always carry a list of names and phone #'s of your friends and family so others may help call family members for you. Familiarize yourself with emergency phone numbers of the closest pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and even the closest U.S. Embassy.
Take it slow and easy and your travels will always be safe and wonderful.
The Harriet Martin Team