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7 Safe Travel Recommendations

Whether you’ve been watching the news or just skimming through social media, you’re probably aware that travel safety is always a trending topic. Eye-catching headlines, weather worries, and increased attention on certain destinations from media outlets has caused some travelers to re-think or postpone their travel plans. As your travel agent, I work hard to stay on top of situations that might affect the safety of my clients.


For any destination, it’s important to stay healthy, to protect yourself, and be prepared to deal with unexpected events. One of the most​​ important parts of my role is doing what I can to keep you safe, in all situations, no matter where your adventures take you.


When you're traveling in the upcoming months, follow these seven safe-travel recommendations:


1. Purchase Travel Insurance

Above all else, the best way to stay protected is to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance policies can provide protection and priceless assistance during medical emergencies, hurricanes and disasters, and other major trip interruption events. Be sure to read and understand the coverage policies, especially when traveling during high-risk times.​


2. Maintain Moderate Habits

Do your best to stay hydrated, be cautious of which foods are less risky to consume, get plenty of rest, and use sunscreen. Moderating your own food and alcohol consumption, and that of your loved ones can help you avoid illness and maintain awareness of your surroundings.


3. Protect Your Valuables

Keep a conscious eye on your valuables, including your purse, jewelry, identification documents, medications, and currency. It's also a great idea to keep a copy of your travel documents and emergency contact information in a secure place.


4. Be Prepared to Extend or Delay Your Trip

During hazardous weather conditions, flights often are delayed, rescheduled, or rerouted. To ensure your safety, airlines will schedule flights only when and where it's safe to travel. If you're traveling during a high-risk time, keep in contact with family members, co-workers, and other important people at home to prepare yourself for potential schedule changes.


5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Stay alert to where you are and what the people around you are doing. Always listen to your instincts during an uncomfortable situation. Be especially cautious of being targeted in a busy location such as airports and tourist attractions. 


6. Enroll in STEP

For international travel, consider using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free government service allows you to register your contact information so that the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate can provide more information or support during a crisis.


7. Double Check Your Trip is Protected 

No this isn’t a typo. The best way to guarantee you're safe during a trip is guarding your trip with travel insurance. For financial and medical reasons, travel insurance is the most important step you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings while traveling. That's why it's first and last on the list!


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