Eleven days to Christmas and the prediction this year is it will be another busy travel holiday, actually one of the busiest we have seen in a long while. We just had Thanksgiving and that travel volume prediction was spot on. If you are traveling during this busy season to some faraway place or even close to home, I would be remiss if I did not inform you of the importance on adopting safety practices whilst on holiday. These tips will help to put safety on your radar if it is not a priority.
First, print or email a copy of your custom-tailored itinerary to those closest to you. Family and friends should know what your daily plans are and the places you will visit. Even if you change plans, be sure to update this plan intermittently and keep your loved ones well informed. In this age of technology, it is not a hard thing to do. Send them pictures, video footage and messages of people you meet and the places you go as regularly as possible.
If you are traveling solo or in a group to a foreign country and uncertain about your transport, especially if you must take it on the fly, nonchalantly carry your smart phone in your hand, snap photos of the taxi’s license plate and driver when he is stowing away your luggage or not looking directly at you. Align with a friend to send them pics as soon as possible as back-up information. This suggestion may sound sinister but could turn out to be a valuable action that will ensure your safety.
Beware of children and adults who pan-handle. They often work in groups to pick-pocket and rob the unsuspecting visitor of their hard-earned cash. Pay attention to your surroundings and do not carry to many bags. Visible signs of luxury will make you an easy target. Men should not put their wallets in their back pockets and ladies should not carry their purse swinging loosely from their shoulder. These are all easy marks for sticky fingers. Avoid close contact with unknown groups of people. Especially if you must ask for a pass to move ahead. Find an alternate route. If your way is blocked and you must cut through the middle be conscious of the slightest contact. Check your person immediately to make sure your valuables are still intact.
Another safety measure to follow is a familiar one – don’t drink and drive. Even in a strange country it is not cool to party hearty and then get behind the wheel intoxicated. Arrange with your hotel for a pick-up from the party you will be attending. Then you can relax and have all the fun you want. If in a group, make sure you know who the designated driver is. Doing this may save your life and the lives of others.
Community Peeps, these are all simple things you can do and still have a safe and enjoyable vacation during yuletide. There are many horror stories of vacations gone wrong simply because safety habits were not a part of the plan or were not enforced. Have you learned a hard lesson because you did not carry out safety precautions? Or, do you know someone who was affected by the lack of safe behaviors? Please share some of your safe practices with my community. Write in the comment box below.
To one and all, it is my sincerest wish and desire that all of you will be safe and well as you traverse to your various destinations for Christmas.
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