- Be aware that you are a target. Your repeated map-checking, your out-of-state license plates, your funny clothes are all dead giveaways that you are not from here and probably an easy target. Try hard to fit in and look like a local.
- Know and obey the current travel warnings. If there’s a current terror threat or danger of Dengue Fever, you’ll be better prepared. Check the current U.S. travel warnings and CDC travel warnings before you make your plans.
- Protect your identity. Block view of your ATM transactions and keep your credit cards and passport safe when you travel. See our tips on protecting your identity while you travel.
- Make copies of your travel documents. Specifically, your passport and credit card. Leave one at home with a responsible adult and carry the second with you (think of scanning it and sending it to yourself in e-mail so you’ll have access to it from a smartphone or computer). If these are stolen, your copies can make getting replacement documents a whole lot easier.
- Get some travel insurance. There are so many types of plans available at really affordable prices that it’s silly not to have their assistance on hand when you run into trouble. Use our travel insurance comparison tool, enter a few quick trip details, and you can make your purchase online and have coverage in hand in minutes.
As we mentioned before, travelers are easy targets for all kinds of criminal action, so get smart and protect yourself.