The destination is key, but there are many other tips to consider when planning your summer vacation – especially if you’re going overseas.
Here are just a few:
• Smaller Can Be Better
An important advantage of smaller boutique hotels is they may be less attractive to thieves who tend to migrate toward larger, crowded hotels.
• Keep A Low Profile
If traveling to another country, it’s best not to stand out. Do your homework – research local customs, weather, attire, etc. It’s also a good idea to leave expensive jewelry at home.
• Think Twice About Rental Cars
Unless you’re very familiar with your destination, overseas vacationers should avoid car rentals. An unfamiliarity with the region and the driving habits of locals can put you at greater risk. Plus, your auto insurance doesn’t apply outside of North America and Canada.
• Papers Please!
There are some documents you’ll definitely need to bring – e.g.: driver’s license, passport, visa, and itinerary. But, be sure to make copies of each of these and leave them at home with a trusted friend or family member.
You may also want to scan these items and store them in a secure place online where you can easily access them in case of emergency.
• Taxis & Public Transportation
Taxis are usually preferable. Be sure to have your hotel arrange a ride to ensure the driver works for a registered company. If using public transportation, be sure to map out your route in advance. Make note
of landmarks along the way and check schedules in advance to be sure you allow enough time.
• Pause Social Media
Posting updates and photos about your trip can alert local thieves to your presence. It can also tip off thieves back home that your home may be ripe for picking.
• Tag Your Kids
Before heading out for the day, be sure your kids have the name and address of your hotel. If traveling overseas, be sure to include the phone numbers for the embassy or consulate. For smaller kids, it’s a good idea to write this info on a slip of paper and pin it to their pocket.