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Feb 3, 2020

How To Travel Safe & Stay Healthy During Virus Outbreaks

How To Travel Safe &
Stay Healthy During Virus Outbreaks

Just 6 months ago, we were dealing with the measles outbreak (How To Travel Safe During Measles Outbreak) and now in the new year, we have a new virus, Coronavirus, that is threatening the health of thousands of people. And the effects of these breakouts are definitely felt in the travel industry.

Apr 2, 2019

How to Best Disinfect Your Airplane Seat

How to Best Disinfect Your Airplane Seat

We all know the dirtiest places that we come in contact with while we travel. Right? Turns out, no.

While it is true that bathrooms tend to be smelly and some are dirty and are the most obvious and first places we think of when trying to stay clean and germ-free. There are other areas that are in plain view and harbor a lot more germs.
On the plane, according to study after study, the average tray table, for instance, is exponentially dirtier than a home toilet seat.
To enjoy your trip in comfort and relative cleanliness, there are a few things you can do to spruce up your airplane seat.

Jan 25, 2016

The Best Way To Never Lose Your Luggage

The Best Way To Never Lose Your Luggage

This is definitely a great way to not get separated from your luggage. Instantly match up the owner with the bag.
If you would rather not have your picture on the suitcase but would like to make sure you are able to track and find your belonging these are some of the travel gadgets available:

Trakdot Luggage Tracker

Tile (Gen 2) - Phone Finder. Key Finder. Item Finder

Dynotag® Web/GPS Enabled QR Smart Deluxe Steel Luggage Tag & Braided Steel Loop

Royce Leather GPS Tracker for Lost Wallets & Bags

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Nov 16, 2015

How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling

How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling

Minimize your wallet before you leave
Before every vacation I go through my every day wallet and takeout only the essentials that I would need for the trip, and those go into my travel wallet. Don’t take a big, thick wallet with you, a slim version would do much better. You won’t need the majority of your cards or other items, so clean out your wallet and leave the excess at home. That way, if something does happen to your wallet, you have far fewer things to worry about replacing.

Take at least two credit/debit cards with you and never keep them both in the same place. The reason here is diversification. If one goes missing, you still have the one stashed elsewhere.
Same applies for other belongings. Spread them out across multiple pockets. If you get struck by a pickpocket while out wandering around, it’s a bad move to have all of your stuff in one place. Wear clothing with multiple pockets and spread your stuff out among the pockets.

Leave photocopies of your documents at home where someone you trust can retrieve them.
This way you can call home to retrieve your card number and other information so that you can then verify it with customer service or authorities and either restore or cancel your accounts.

SentrySafe Waterproof Fire Chest

Alert your credit card companies of your travel so they won’t decline charges and can properly identify instances of identity theft. This has happened to me in the past where I tried to use a credit card on vacation and it was declined due to suspicion of identity theft as it was flagged as an irregular charge in a new location. If you contact them in advance, they’ll change the settings on your account so that new charges don’t trigger an identity theft decline.

Protect your digital info
While traveling, try to avoid checking your bank balance and login into other sensitive sites. If you do have to connect and you are out and about, make sure the connection is safe. Free and/or public WiFi is often not secure. To make sure your information is safe use private virtual network, such as Private Internet Access, that will encrypt all of your internet traffic and protect your identity.

Use a money belt. A money belt is simply a pouch with a strap that goes around your waist. This pouch is kept under your clothing so that it’s unexposed and thus essentially impossible for pickpockets to access. You can easily access it by stepping into a bathroom and accessing it in a stall. It’s a great place to keep your credit cards and such; I usually keep my credit cards in there and just have a tiny amount of cash in an easy-to-access pocket. That cash is exposed to a bit more risk than the cash and cards in my money belt, but then it’s really convenient when I’m walking around a marketplace or strolling through a park. You get used to wearing it quickly and it's not uncomfortable.

Travel Document Organizer - Deluxe Money Belt with Rfid Blocking

Use an ATM locator to avoid bogus locations. Criminals will set up “fake” ATMs in order to scrape credit card and debit card numbers. They look just like real ATMs but simply won’t work once you’ve swiped your card and enter your PIN. That’s because the criminals already have your info, so there’s no reason to give you cash. How can you avoid that? Use the ATM locator program on your bank’s website to identify legitimate ATMs near you and stick with just those ATMs.
Only use ATMs inside of bank locations instead of sitting out in the open. Occasionally, criminals are able to modify ATMs and add “skimming” devices that allow the criminals to take your credit card or debit card number and PIN. This is much more likely to happen with standalone ATMs and much less likely inside of bank locations. So, if you’re in a new area, make the effort to use an ATM inside of a bank location if you need to withdraw cash.

Use a secure phone password and don’t store website passwords or credit card information on there. This is good advice anywhere, but it’s great advice when traveling. A smart criminal can figure out your password by studying the marks on the screen, so make your password as complex as reasonably possible while traveling. That way, they can’t get in quite as easily. More important than that, though, don’t keep important passwords or credit card information on your phone. If someone can buy stuff on your phone by just using the stored passwords, you’re begging for a problem if your phone is stolen.

Leave expensive gadgets at home unless absolutely necessary. You probably don’t need your laptop while traveling, so why take it? Will you really use that SLR camera, or will you likely just leave it in the hotel room each day? If you’re not going to use it, don’t take it. It just becomes another thing to keep track of and another thing that can potentially get stolen. Use minimal gadgets. I use just my smartphone when traveling for everything – no need to take a SLR for family vacation pictures!

Carry a dummy wallet. Pick up a cheap wallet, then put some of the “fake” credit cards that banks often mail you along with a few loose bills in there and keep it with you. It can prove to be a lifesaver when getting mugged, as you can pull out the fake wallet and hand it over to the mugger. It can also be a good pickpocket deterrent as they may just grab the fake wallet and leave you alone.


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Aug 22, 2012

Keep your friends close and your gadgets closer

Keep Your Gadgets Safe While Traveling

Per a recent survey by Credant Technologies, travelers left behind 8,016 devices between July 2011 and June 2012 at airports. Of those, 45 percent were laptops, 43 percent were smartphones or tablets and 12 percent were USB sticks. (Credent) Only 52 percent of these items, on average, getting returned to travelers.
More people are carrying gadgets such as phones and laptops everywhere they go, a phenomena now called BYOD (bring your own device) This means that a lot of these travel gadgets that may contain personal and/or confidential business information end up lost or stolen and in the hands of strangers, which is why it is important to take precautions to keep them safe and facilitate the process of getting them back.

There a few things you can do to make sure your gadgets stay with you

- Turn up the volume
When you are at an airport or other crowded places were it is OK to have your volume up (unlike movie theaters) make sure to set it to high on your phone. You are more likely to hear the ring and locate it. This could also work for any gadget that has audible alerts.

- Keep your travel gadgets in your carry-on bag
Do not put anything that is valuable and you do not want to lose in your checked luggage. It is a lot safer and more comfortable and likely to arrive in one piece packed well into the carry-on. Anything that is easily replaceable either at your destination or back home can go into checked-in luggage.

- Tag it
Not only personalizing your phone is fun, but it could also mean getting it back when it is misplaced. Bright colors or unique designs would help you easier and quicker to see and identify your gadget.

- Wrap it
Recently we purchased an underwater digital camera. We got tired of using the disposable ones as they are cumbersome to use and to take photos. Also the price for these adds up over time. The digital camera would pay for itself in a couple of trips. To go with our Panasonic Lumix waterproof camerawe also got the floating strap. It is the same color as the camera (yes, bright orange). You can see it from a distance, it secures the camera on your wrist. And best yet, if it does come off, it will just float on top of the water with the camera attached and not letting it sink to the bottom of the ocean.

- Track it down
Apple mobile devices come with FindMy(fill in iProduct) apps. Turn these on, if have not already, when traveling. These will allow the carrier or the police to locate your tech gadgets on a map via GPS signal. You can also sign up for or install other similar features for your mobile gadgets either from cellphone providers or stand alone software such as Lojack For Laptops, which tracks and recovers lost or stolen computers.

- Put it on a leash
Wireless leash that is. ZOMM Wireless Leash tethers to your phone wirelessly and will alert you if you and it ever separate by more than 30 feet. Another safety feature that it has is the simple one-button press and hold system to get you in touch with 911.

- Keep the data secured
Put a password on any device that has an option. Turn off wi-fi when not in use. Be careful when using public access wireless services as these are not secure. Refrain from logging in and accessing personal and financial information while in these spots. Back up all your files before taking off.

Did you know?
It is a good idea to not post your pictures and videos of your vacation until after you get home. Some unsavory internet users search through social networking sites looking for clues that homes are unoccupied.

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