It can be a liberating experience if you have never traveled alone. Use these tips to ensure a safe journey, and have fun!
Take it to a mechanic for a check-up. Fix any mechanical problems now, so you won’t have to worry about it on your trip. Get the oil changed and fluids topped off. Check your windshield wipers, and replace them if they are worn. The worst time to discover you need new wipers is while driving through a torrential rainstorm in Iowa. Take the time now to also purchase some type of road service, if don’t already have it. Make sure the service has coverage for your entire trip.
While planning your trip, you probably already decided what motels to stay at along the way. Good hotel choices include those with security personnel on-site, or if you are traveling on a budget, hotels with outside entrances to your room. If, when you arrive at the motel you planned to stay in, you do not feel comfortable or something seems off, give yourself permission to leave and keep driving until You may have decided to stay at a motel in Indianapolis, but when you arrive, you notice security bars on all the doors and windows and notice that the cashier This motel is obviously in a bad neighborhood, and as a woman traveling alone, you may wish to drive to the next town before stopping for the night.
Consider your Stopping at roadside rest
Stopping at roadside rest stops is fine during the day. There are often many travellers at the rest stop, and these are generally safe. At night, it is better to avoid roadside rest stops as they are often not well-lit, and there is little traffic to these areas at night. After dark, try to stop at truck stops instead. Truck stops are usually well-lit and there is plenty of traffic around the clock. There are always restrooms, fuel, and snacks available at truck stops. If you are tired and need to catch a quick nap before driving on, this is a good place to do so. Just choose a spot within easy sight of the building, keep your doors locked, and if approached, don’t roll your window down.
There is no need to be afraid, you might just have a tire low on air! Also, keep the keys in the ignition at all times when you are in the car. Sometimes it takes some time to feel comfortable on the road alone, but once you start feeling more comfortable and confident, you can have a very enjoyable trip.
Protecting Your Personal Information While Travel Abroad
Whether you are planning a family trip, romantic getaway or important conference for work, you should take a number of precautionary measures to protect the identity and privacy of yourself and others. You’ve undoubtedly thought about packing a digital camera, laptop, smartphone or PDA; if you are traveling abroad, you will need your passport and other identification. Before you depart, spend a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these guidelines for protecting your personal information while you are away from home.
People are always finding new ways to share their favorite images with friends and family, which is why so many have turned to social media sites to document their lives. Some even use features that automatically upload images from their phone or wireless device the moment the photo is taken. In theory, it works well, but only if your life is truly an open book. Before you depart, double-check your sharing settings and make temporary adjustments if needed. Remember: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…unless your photos automatically post to Facebook.
If you are travelling overseas, your passport is an absolute must. However, this doesn’t mean that you should keep it on your person while you sample local restaurants or shop for souvenirs; it’s a risky move. Instead of taking a gamble, lock important documents in the hotel safe, if one is available.
Advice to make your trip better
We all like to believe that traveling abroad is 100% safe and immune to criminal activity. Unfortunately, unscrupulous people are in every city, state, and country. While you are away from home, safeguard your information by using password protection on all electronic devices, including smartphones, laptops, and PDAs.
If for some reason you notice a discrepancy or possible act of fraud, a quick response can save you a great deal of trouble down the road. If you sign up for credit report monitoring, you will be alerted almost immediately of suspicious activity.
Unless you are traveling for business reasons, you should carefully consider whether or not to bring your laptop computer. Ask yourself if you plan to use it in your room, or will you be spending more time taking in the sights? You might be surprised what criminals can glean from your laptop: credit card numbers, contact information, bank accounts, and other highly private data.