As the summer travel season approaches, it’s important to remember that your safety and security are not guaranteed. That said, preparing ahead of time and maintaining strong situational awareness throughout your travels will improve your personal security and allow you the peace of mind to enjoy your trip. Here are a few quick tips from Stratfor as you prepare for your summer travels.
KNOW THE RISKS
Be sure to read the news headlines and not just the travel brochures for your chosen destination. It’s important to know what’s happening before you arrive. That could include political unrest or even natural disasters. Checking the U.S. Department of State’s travel warnings and alerts for international destinations is a good place to start, but travel advisories from other governments or private institutions are also good secondary resources.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SITUATION
Situational awareness is not about worrying all of the time. That would ruin your vacation. But Stratfor does advise travelers to maintain a relaxed but constant awareness of their surroundings. That will help you avoid trouble and make smart decisions if unforeseen circumstances arise.
PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED
Have a contingency plan. Things will not always go as planned, so know your options. If traveling abroad, learn how to contact your embassy or consulate ahead of time and have a copy of your passport and other important documents in a safe place in case your wallet or luggage goes missing.
Here are a few more related tips from Stratfor's Fred Burton.
You can find more summer travel safety tips in Stratfor’s Travel Security series, starting with “Preparing to Travel Safety.”