ARE YOU GOING ON VACATION?
Have you been watching the news or just skimming through social media? You’re probably aware that travel safety is always a trending topic. Eye-catching headlines, weather worries, and increased attention on certain destinations from media outlets can cause some travelers to re-think or postpone their travel plans.
As your travel agent, I work hard to stay on top of situations that might affect the safety of my clients.
For any destination, it’s important to stay healthy, to protect yourself, and be prepared to deal with unexpected events. One of the most important parts of my role is doing what I can to keep you safe, in all situations, no matter where your adventures take you.
When you’re traveling, follow these seven safe-travel recommendations:
1. Purchase Travel Insurance
Above all else, the best way to stay protected is to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance policies can provide protection and priceless assistance during medical emergencies, hurricanes, disasters, and other major trip interruption events (it's not just about cancel for any reason). Be sure to read and understand the coverage policies, especially when traveling during high-risk times.
2. Maintain Moderate Habits
Do your best to stay hydrated (especially when flying), be cautious of which foods are less risky to consume, get plenty of rest, and use sunscreen. Moderating your own food and alcohol consumption, and that of your loved ones can help you avoid illness and maintain awareness of your surroundings.
3. Protect Your Valuables
Keep a conscious eye on your valuables, including your purse, jewelry, identification documents, medications, and currency. It’s also a great idea to keep a copy of your travel documents and emergency contact information in a secure place.
4. Be Prepared to Extend or Delay Your Trip
During hazardous weather conditions, flights often are delayed, rescheduled, or rerouted. To ensure your safety, airlines will schedule flights only when and where it’s safe to travel. If you’re traveling during a high-risk time (like winter), keep in contact with family members, co-workers, and other important people at home to prepare yourself for potential schedule changes.
5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Stay alert to where you are and what the people around you are doing. Always listen to your instincts during an uncomfortable situation. Be especially cautious of being targeted in a busy location such as airports and tourist attractions.
6. Enroll in STEP
For international travel, consider using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) https://step.state.gov.
This free government service allows you to register your contact information so that the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate can provide more information or support during a crisis.
7. Double Check to make sure Your Trip is Protected
No, this isn’t a typo. The best way to guarantee you’re safe during a trip is guarding your trip with travel insurance. For financial and medical reasons, travel insurance is the most important step you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings while traveling. That’s why it’s first and last on the list!
Hi! My name is Julie and I am the owner of Julez Travel! I love planning vacations! I love the excitement of planning for that special occasion like birthdays, anniversaries or honeymoons! One of my favorite parts is adding special touches to make the trip fun with little surprises!