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Travel Safety Tips
Well, our week is moving along and so is Tanya's Magical Anniversary Trip!
I can hardly believe today is Day 14 for her already.
She's certainly posted some great photos, don't you think!
Yesterday, was super fun!
We headed out to the barn with our new little fur baby, Pumpkin.
Considering that this little girl has been through a great deal, having come from a kill shelter and has probably been alone most of her short 4 month life, I just couldn't leave her alone at home today.
I just believed that the best thing for her wellness was to have her come with us. And I have to tell you, I think I made the right decision.
This baby, is a natural in the car!! We put the third row down so that we could lay her new bed there and have her be super comfy for the one hour ride there and back.
Gianna sat back there with Pumpkin and she slept the entire way! She was such great girl!! She was also a hit at the barn, where the girls' friends came to the car for a meet and greet.
But, what really impressed me was how this little sweetie just laid down by my feet, in the shade at Tanger Outlets for 2.5 hours today.
She was an absolute love!!
The way home from the barn, she fell fast asleep!
We have fallen in love!!
Back to today...
There is no doubt that traveling anywhere always brings a great deal of excitement with it - especially when your trip involves destinations overseas and to other countries.
However, these days, one can never be to rigorous about their safety with all that is happening in this crazy world.
I came across an article which caught my eyes today, in AirfareWatchdog.com:
8 Travel Safety Tips You Probably Ignore
The feature is all about travel safety, many of the tips I felt were so significantly important, that I wanted to list them and link the article for you.
So, take note of these tips, as they could make a big difference to you and definitely click the link above for more detailed text written by Caroline Morse:
1) Register with the State Department
This one especially caught my eye, especially in light of both the number of terror attacked around the world and most recently, Tanya's own experience being in Italy with the recent earthquake last week.
According to Caroline Morse, the best way to be prepared is to register with the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before you leave, and the nearest U.S. Embassy will easily be able to find and help you
2) Leave an Itinerary at Home
This one sort of seems like a no-brainers. Estpecially coming from a worrisome Italian family, both Tanya and I are very accustomed to making sure our family members back home know exactly where we are.
As travel bloggers, we are always posting about where we are and what our plans are, and even we always make sure everyone close to us has a copy of our itinerary, accommodations, flights, trains, tours, etc.
It's just the smart thing to do if you ever go missing.
3) Make a Copy of Your Passport
No one ever plans to lose their travel documents and/or passport. But, if you ever found yourself in that situation, what would you do?
Caroline Morse makes a great suggestion that you scan your passport and email to yourself. I'm going to go a step further. I say do that, make a copy and keep in a safe place in your suitcase, give a copy to your family at home AND memorize your passport number as well.
4) Don't Have Your Phone Out
Ok, it's 2016, is there anyone that doesn't have their phone out - young or old - these days?
Yes, we are all guilty of this.
There are even television commercials that show people so distracted walking and texting or reading their cell phones, that they are unaware of danger around them.
Unfortunately, as Caroline points out, "having your phone out makes you a target for petty thieves, especially on crowded public transit. It's easy for criminals to snatch your phone out of your hand and jump off at the next stop if you're not paying attention."
So, be cautious!
5) Buckle Up / Choose Your Transportation Wisely
Just because you are on vacation and relaxed, doesn't mean you should ease up on your safety.
Did you know that the most common cause of death for Americans abroad is traffic accidents?
Therefore, take the same precautions when traveling as you would at home. Wear a seatbelt, only take taxis that have them, always wear a helmet when biking or on a scooter and don't risk driving if you don't feel comfortable on the roads or driving on the opposite side than you are used to.
6) Learn the Local 911 equivalent
No one expects and emergency to happen while traveling, but it's better to err on the side of caution.
Be sure to have local emergency numbers for police/fire/EMS saved to your phone or in an accessible place. Unlike the U.S., where 911 covers all emergencies, some countries have different numbers depending what the problem is, so make sure you have them all.
7) Keep Your Seatbelt on While Flying
This is one of the most important pieces of advice I can think of. Flying has become so common place, that we often take for granted the importance of staying buckled.
Turbulence can really shake things up so better to be prepared - and especially if you a re traveling with your kids - than to be sorry.
8) Check State Department Warnings or Advisories
The world is a crazy place these days with lots of things happening all over. It's always wise to be forewarned about the safety conditions of your destination.
That doesn't mean, you need to cancel, (unless it is advised), but knowing before you go is always a good idea.
Caroline Morse has some great links within her article, so definitely check out the link above for her full feature!
Today, Im going to take Pumpkin out East again. The girls are doing another half-day, which is more manageable with our new puppy!
Please do not forget to keep up to date on Tanya's trip!!
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