When Traveling on Vacation or Business

  • Travel with a friend or in a group when possible.  There is safety in numbers.
  • Plan your touring.  Don't discuss your plans with strangers.  Beware of strangers who seem overly anxious to help you.  Select guides carefully.
  • Ask your hotel concierge or desk clerk about dangerous areas and avoid them.
  • When you go out tell the hotel manager when you expect to return and who to call if you're not back by then.
  • Get good directions to avoid getting lost.
  • Find an open business to get directions if you get lost.  Don't appear to be lost by stopping and looking at addresses or street signs.
  • Stick to well-lighted main streets and public areas. 
  • Carry a minimum amount of cash.  Use credit cards or traveler's checks whenever possible.
  • Keep a record of your credit card and traveler's check numbers in a safe place.  Also have the phone numbers to call if your cards or checks are lost or stolen.
  • Leave your itinerary with a friend or relative and check in with them periodically.
  • Store photocopies of your passport, tickets, and other important papers in a hotel safe.
  • Keep track of time and don't be late for appointments or meetings.