Whether you’re taking a long weekend getaway, traveling for the holidays, or tackling a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world, planning your vacation can be exciting, but it’s also important to keep safety in mind. With political situations and crime rates changing so quickly, it’s essential to check out government websites to get a feel for the area you want to visit before deciding to travel there.
It’s a good idea to plan your trips with some flexibility, as most vacations rarely go exactly how you planned them. You should still have a general idea of what you want to do while on your trip, but leave some time to explore on your own or try something different than you’d originally planned.
Make sure your house is secure before you leave. It’s a good idea to have someone watch your house, but if that isn’t possible, you should at least make sure all windows are closed and locked and the garage and shed are shut and locked. Also, it’s a good idea to let your neighbors know you will be gone for a while so they can water your plants or watch for any packages that may be delivered.
You should also sift through your wallet before you leave and remove any loyalty cards or extra credit cards you’re not going to need while on your trip. Doing this will help you avoid returning home to a smelly fridge and prevent any credit card fraud while you’re away.