Traveling can be fun and exciting if you are heading to a favorite destination. There are also many people who have to travel for business. Whatever your reason for traveling, there are a few things that you should be mindful of in order to keep you safe while away from home.

If you are flying, make sure you keep all of your personal items with you at all times. Make sure your luggage is clearly marked and try to collect your luggage as soon as it enters the carousel so that someone else does not take it. You should also try to use quality pieces, such as Samsonite luggage, so you do not have to worry about your bags breaking. Find out which taxis are safe to travel in by checking with the information desk at the airport or with a police officer. Do not share taxis with people you do not know. Try to avoid public transportation late at night if you are unsure where you are going. Do not hitch hike.

You will want to ensure that your hotel is in a good area. When you check in, take note of where the emergency exits are. Don’t open your door to a stranger and do not invite strangers to your hotel room. Make sure you lock your door and use the chain at night.

You should try to dress so it does not appear that you are a tourist. Don’t wear expensive accessories. Keep your money in a case that is worn near your body. Do not put anything you can’t afford to lose in your pocket or purse.

Looking like a Tourist
While it is often fine to be a tourist, in some areas it is best not to stand out. If you need to look at a map, step inside of a store or restaurant. Try to avoid being out late at night or in areas that are not well populated.

General Safety
If you are traveling overseas, make sure you know the number to the embassy. Use the ATM during the day and try to avoid using cash whenever possible. Stay hydrated and make sure you have any essential medications with you at all times. Even if you are traveling alone, someone should be aware of your travel plans and be able to reach you.

Traveling does not have to be a risky proposition. These are just some things to think of while you are out and about. If you keep them in the back of your mind and use common sense, you should be able to enjoy your trip without any incidents.