It is Christmas and many families will travel for this special holiday. When traveling during Christmas many things could go wrong and usually do if bad luck follows you everyplace. Do you know how to ensure a safe travel experience? There are a few things if prepared ahead of time can keep your family safe during holiday travel.
Things can go wrong in a split second when traveling. Things like a broken down vehicle, robbery, sickness, loss of luggage and many other events. Being prepared and knowing what to look for can help you in many situations.
How to Make Holiday Travel Safe
Don’t get lost in a city you don’t know, this can be very dangerous to you and your family. Especially if you are visiting a city where the crime rate is very high. A GPS is the best investment a traveler can purchase. A GPS gives you turn-by-turn directions straight to your destination. If you make a wrong turn, it recalculates and gives you the correct directions to get back on the right road. There is no way to get lost when you travel with a GPS system.
Up To Date Insurance Coverage – Medical and Car Insurance
Make sure your automobile insurance is paid up to date. Accidents can happen in a split second. Having good coverage that is up to date with payments ensures your coverage should an accident occur. Medical coverage and the insurance cards are necessary when traveling. If someone in your family becomes ill and needs medical care, you need to be prepared.
How to Prepare For Crime or Violence
Watch Out For People Who Don’t Belong
While in unfamiliar territory, you can still spot people who don’t fit the surroundings. Watch out for people who watch the crowds. This is the first sign that something is not right. This means they are looking for tourists or an unsuspecting victim to rob. Trust your instincts, if you see something not right, call authorities just to be on the safe side.
Watch Activities of the Locals
Keep an eye on locals with an attitude or suspicious behavior. People who wear baggy or over sized clothing are the very ones security looks out for in shopping areas. This alerts them they may have a shoplifter or a person who might try to steal purses from shopping carts. People loitering in parking lots or are pacing for no reason may be cause for alarm.
Blend Into the Crowd
Don’t visit another city or country without trying to blend into his or her customs. This proves you are a tourist and potentially cause you to be robbed or hurt. Walk tall and proud so that you deter possible attacks. Walking with your head down or hands in pockets shows you are possibly weak to criminals. If you think someone is following you, try to get away. Don’t let them see you are nervous; this will only make the criminal realize you are easy prey.
Above all else, make your holiday travel safe and happy for your entire family by following these simple holiday travel tips.