Travel Safety

General Travel Safety Information

It’s an unfortunate fact of modern life in America, but crime is a very real problem. We see the threats to our personal safety in newspapers and on TV every day of the year. Muggings, murder, sexual assault, purse snatching, identity theft, robbery, bank holdups, home invasions, and more, are all too real, and are far too common. They happen in big cities, small towns, and rural areas. Your personal safety is at risk wherever you go, and at all times. You can be victimized in your home, on the street, while shopping, or when you’re traveling. There’s no place that’s 100 percent safe, 100 percent of the time. Some crimes are committed by career criminals, some are crimes of opportunity, and some are just “pranks” that get out of hand. You need to be prepared for the risks you might face, and work to minimize those risks as much as possible. Police and other law enforcement agencies in this country do a great job, but they can’t protect you. Usually, they respond after a crime has already been committed, which is too late if you’re the victim.

When it gets down to where the rubber meets the road, our personal safety is our own responsibility. Thankfully, there are many things you can do, and habits you can practice, which will greatly reduce the risks to your personal safety. You don’t have to be a victim of crime, but you also don’t need to be paranoid. Taking responsibility for your personal safety doesn’t mean you regard every stranger as a potential criminal, or that you have to live the rest of your life as a hermit. Paranoia and cutting yourself off from society aren’t the answers to crime. Keeping yourself safe is mostly a matter of educating yourself as to what the dangers are, and how to avoid them. You’ll need to stay vigilant and aware, and possibly make a few lifestyle changes, but don’t let the concern for your personal safety make you panicked, or constantly afraid. With knowledge and action, you can lead a full and active personal and social life, and still keep yourself from becoming a victim. We’ll discuss several ways of making yourself safer that are not difficult, and few require a lot of money. In fact, most don’t require any money. It’s all about awareness and the choices we make. Be alert and do things right, and you’ll go a long way toward increasing your personal safety.

SHORTCUTS TO TRAVEL SAFETY ARTICLES:

Travel Safety And General Nuisances
Travel Safety And Getting Ripped Off
Travel Safety And Going Off The Beaten Path
Travel Safety And Skiing And Snowboarding Safety
Travel Safety And Your Home
Travel Safety And Your Valuables
Personal Safety While Traveling
Travel Safety: The Car
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Cell Phone
Travel Safety: Benefits of a Global Positioning System
Travel Safety: Lodging
Travel Safety: Safety in the Hotel
Hotel Safety: Elevators and Stairwells
Tips for Safe International Travel
Utilizing News Sources to Stay Informed