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Travel Wisely: Common Sense Tips to Keep You Safe While Traveling

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Common Sense Tips to Keep You Safe While Traveling

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Thinking about taking a trip? If so, you’ve probably earned it. Taking a vacation is often a rewarding experience, and it can be a great way to see the country and experience new places and people.

While the rewards of a vacation are mostly obvious, you also have to travel with caution, even here in the United States.

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or by car, there are several rules of thumb that you should follow in order to keep yourself and your family safe while visiting a new place. Even the most seasoned traveler will tell you, each place is a different experience, and you never know what you’re going to experience when you get there.

While staying in public “safe zones” is one way to stay safe while traveling, there are several dangers that you might not be aware of that you should learn to avoid. Here, we’ll explore a few travel safety tips that you need to be aware of in order to have a safe and enjoyable travel experience. After all, “common sense ain’t that common.”

Hotel Safety

Hotels and motels line our highways and Interstates here in America. The weary-eyed traveler stopping in on a cross-country road trip is not as cliche as you might think. In fact, this is a regular occurrence at hotels and motels across the nation.

Hotels are mostly safe, but there are a few things that you should know in order to keep yourself and your family safe during your stay.

Hotels can hold a good bit of people, and the only trouble with this is that you never know who’s in the room next to you. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to keep any valuables that you might have in a lockbox or have these hidden in the event that someone tries to break into your room.

In addition to this, don’t flash your cash around or walk around in a strange place flaunting expensive merchandise. This can easily offer a thief an easy target, and you’ll soon be finding yourself having a horrible experience.

Uber and Lyft

Rideshare services are all the rage these days. Though plenty of people still get around by taxi, bus, or shuttle, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft offer the convenience of ordering a ride from the touch of your smartphone.

But, like any industry, Uber and Lyft both have their share of problems. This is the type of service that can be operated by anyone with a driver’s license, and as such, there isn’t much oversight when it comes to a driver’s personal behavior when behind the wheel.

In fact, there have been several cases of sexual assault perpetrated by Uber and Lyft drivers across the United States. The lack of safety protocols is often to blame for the criminal behavior of these drivers. As such, many people are considering filing a lawsuit against rideshare services because they’ve been assaulted.

As a precaution, keep your phone in your hand if riding alone in a rideshare service. This way you can quickly call for help. Or, enable location sharing with a trusted friend or family member when you’ll be using these services.

To play it extra safe, always ride with a companion if at all possible to help deter any dangerous behavior. Remember, two can always fight better than one.

Stay on the Beaten Path

It’s always a fun experience to go somewhere that you’ve never been. This is why a road trip can be such a rewarding experience. You can learn about a new place, and see interesting sights and explore your world along the way. To be honest, it’s the best of many worlds.

You might even get the idea to take a shortcut, or to head down an old dirt road that simply looks “interesting.” While this can be an exciting experience in itself, this is often not the recommended path to take.

While main arteries such as state highways and Interstates are mostly well kept and heavily traveled, the less-traveled paths are full of unknowns. This being said, you never know where that “interesting” looking road will take you, or what you’re bound to find while you’re driving on it.

Let’s put it like this: You don’t know if the road will be in service several miles down. Or, you could run into an area where you’re unable to turn around. At worst, your car could break down and you’ll get stuck. And the latter is not going to be a fun experience at all.

Do yourself a favor and stay on the beaten path where you can stop for help if anything happens to you or your vehicle.

Nobody should be afraid to travel in their own country. And you shouldn’t either. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t play it safe at all costs. So, do yourself a favor if you want to have a pleasant travel experience and ensure that you’re using common sense and using caution no matter where you’re headed.

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