There are certainly points in your life where you just want to “run away” from all responsibilities,
burdens, struggles, trials, and tribulations and just be…at peace with yourself.
When you have the time (and money) to finally get away, planning a vacation to a new destination
is highly recommended.
While you might be wondering how in the world you’re going to enjoy traveling on your own,
you’ll be surprised at how much fun it can be, and how refreshed you feel upon your return.
“As you embark on a new destination
to learn about yourself and to
get away from the daily stresses of life,
safety should be a top priority.”
However, before you pack your bags and hit the road (or airways), there are a few guidelines you
must keep in mind to make sure that you and your possessions back home are safe and sound.
1. Designate a House Sitter
Whether you’re traveling for a weekend or for a week you want to make sure that you have
designated someone to check up on your house.
There are certain clues that criminals look for and a few of them are no lights, no cars, and
a filled mailbox.
To avoid the potential of being burglarized while you’re away (which would totally ruin the
whole purpose of the trip), having someone to stop by periodically is advised.
This way they can turn on/off the lights, feed any pets you may have left, bring the mail in,
and do a walk around to make sure no one has entered your home.
It gives you peace of mind and ensures that everything is in its place.
2. Make Sure Your Home Alarm is Secure
Many of us have home security systems to try and deter burglars from entering the home.
If you have one in your home, now is the time to make sure that it is working properly since
you’ll be away for a period of time.
If you have the funds available, you might even consider getting upgrades to your system
which can include a security camera along with adding an alarm that can be accessed by
your mobile phone.
Homesecurity.io, a website that provides information on ADT Security for Los Angeles homes
along with many other areas in the US, gives a breakdown of the various features you could consider.
Having a home security system adds another layer of protection to your personal possessions and
allows you peace of mind as you travel.
3. Study The Area You’re Visiting
There are plenty of security risks to be aware of when traveling internationally.
To make sure that you don’t end up in any danger, you want to make sure that you’ve done your
homework on the area you intend to visit.
Check for any areas you should stay away from and any rules or regulations that you should follow
in order to remain safe.
4. Check-in Often
Since you’re going to be traveling alone it is a good idea to make sure that you’re checking in with
someone back home on the regular basis.
Maybe you call mom and let her know you’ve arrived, then call her at least once per day while you’re
away so she knows you’re okay.
This way, if she doesn’t receive your call, she knows that something is wrong and can try to get help.
Social Media Warning:
There are some people who post everything about their lives on social media as a method of sharing
information with friends, family members, and followers.
While it is nice to share these joyous occasions, it is probably not a good idea to post that you’re going
on vacation as the Huffington Post points out.
It’s simply the easiest way to let potential criminals know, “No one will be home for the next few days.”
So keep the vacation posts to a minimum and post pictures once you’ve returned home.
5. Keep Your Eyes Open
You want to have a good time and enjoy yourself while on vacation but you must pay attention at all times.
This means making sure you know where you’re going as it pertains to directions, being aware of where
your hotel is and contact information, and paying attention to your surroundings.
While you hope nothing happens to you while on vacation, staying vigilant will ensure that you can get out
of the matter safely.
As you embark on a new destination to learn about yourself and to get away from the daily stresses of life,
safety should be a top priority.
Other than that experience things, let your hair down, and simply enjoy the time you have to yourself
without distractions or obligations.
Do you like to travel alone?
What other travel safety tips would you like to add?
Share your suggestions, thoughts and comments with us.