Planning A Safe Family Vacation
With winter behind us, many of us are now planning a family vacation. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the top leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers are: (1) visiting relatives, (2) shopping, (3) visiting friends, (4) fine dining, and (5) visiting beaches. Ticket mishaps, delays, schedule changes, auto accidents, and more can cause your vacation to be ruined.
A little work in advance can help reduce the likelihood of bad things happening on your vacation. Here are some things to consider before you leave home:
- Make sure all your personal insurance is paid and up to date. Having your auto insurance lapse due to nonpayment would not be a good thing while you are driving to Disneyworld.
- Do not take all your credit cards with you. Take only the ones you will need.
- Create an itinerary of where you are planning to be and on what date. Give this to a neighbor or relative.
- Make copies of passports if traveling out of the country. Give a copy to a relative or friend.
- Never wear anything that projects affluence (i.e. gold chains, expensive watches, rings, luggage, or other paraphernalia). It is best to leave your expensive jewelry at home.
- Never put your home address on your luggage tags. Write your phone number instead.
- Wait until you get home to post your vacation pictures on social media. Facebook is a gold mine for burglars.
- Always lock your car, and never leave anything of value inside.
- Do not use wireless networks in cafes or coffee shops.
- Be aware of animals. In some foreign countries people will place a monkey on you and you have to pay to get it off!
- You will need special auto insurance if you plan to drive into Mexico.
- Separate your money so your spouse has a portion and you keep a portion.
- Do you really want your first motorcycle ride to be in Mexico? Do not rent equipment or vehicles with which you are not familiar.