3 ways to stay safe on your next vacation
Vacations are all about relaxing and having fun, so the last thing you want to worry about is being in danger. Caitlyn and I have come up with three quick tips to ensure you and your loved one(s) have a safe and fun vacation:
- Avoid pickpockets: Pickpockets are prevalent, especially in foreign countries or even at home if they suspect you of being a tourist. For the ladies, we recommend getting a Pacsafe, a purse that claims to be un-rippable, un-pickpocketable and impenetrable for those looking to steal your credit card number through the use of handheld skimming terminals. Caitlyn took this with her when we went to the Caribbean and we can’t complain of stolen money or identities. The guys have a snazzy way to stay safe, too. Sometimes, I like to travel light, and bring only one credit card and minimal cash, which I can do stowed away in the back of my iPhone case from Speck. The cases go from about $35 retail and either hold up to three cards or a few bills and one card. My usual lineup is one credit card, my ID and my health insurance card.
- Know where you’re going: Look at a map BEFORE you leave the hotel. We’re all accustomed to using our smartphones to find out way around places, but that makes you an easy mark if you’re looking at your phone’s screen every time you get to an intersection. You also don’t want to be flashing your fancy smartphone if you’re travelling through a seedy neighborhood. I like to get turn-by-turn directions between attractions before we leave Indy for our final destination. Travel authorities in most major cities (i.e., Chicago and Montreal) along with Google also have maps that can tell travelers how to take public transit from one address or attraction to another, in addition to listing frequency of routes. I personally enjoy the travel authorities’ websites more, as they also list prices and whether transfers are included in your fare.
Know whose car you’re getting into: Caitlyn won’t ever let me forget the first time we went to Chicago together and, after leaving the Museum of Science and Industry, I flagged a “taxi,” which turned out to be a school bus with negotiable rates and no sign on its exterior. For all we knew, the bus driver could have taken us to Skokie and tore us apart limb by limb. This is one of those “do as we say, not as we do” type moments. We were in Chicago for the umpteenth time, so we knew where we were going if the bus driver all of a sudden made an unscheduled detour. Still, most cities regulate taxi rates and a simple Google search in advance of your trip will let you know what the going rates are.
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