Summer is a prime time for vacations. Every year, millions of Americans travel abroad. Visiting a foreign country is exciting, but it can also be dangerous. Here are some tips to help you stay safe if you travel abroad.

What to Do Before Your Trip

Before you go, you should buy travel insurance. This will provide coverage if your trip is cancelled, interrupted, or delayed. It will cover lost, stolen, or damaged luggage or belongings. Travel insurance will also help with emergency medical care, evacuation, and rental car coverage. You may also want to consider hiring a professional caregiver for any elderly family members that will be staying behind.

Research the place you are visiting to find out which areas are dangerous so you can avoid them. Follow the news in the place you are visiting before you go and while you are there. Be aware of any political unrest or demonstrations so you can avoid them as much as possible.

How to Stay Safe While Traveling

When traveling abroad, you are responsible for your own security. Don’t offer strangers personal information. Do not advertise the fact that you are an American citizen. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or carry expensive electronics that could attract thieves. Try to blend in as much as possible.

When you are in an airport, spend as little time as possible in public areas because they could be chosen as locations for terrorist attacks.

Arrange transportation in advance if possible. Hire a driver to take you from the airport to your hotel. If that is not possible, take a hotel van or a registered taxi. Avoid renting a car because you do not know the rules of the road in the country you are visiting.

When you get to your hotel, check the locks on the door and make sure the phone works. Know where emergency exits are located in case you need to evacuate your room in an emergency.

If you get caught in a dangerous situation, act quickly. Take cover as soon as you hear gunshots or an explosion and stay there until police say it is safe to move.

If someone tries to rob you and has a weapon, turn over your wallet and valuables. It is better to lose a credit card, cash, or a camera than to lose your life.

Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency While You Are on Vacation

A medical emergency can occur anywhere in the world at any time. Make sure you are prepared with medical insurance. If you do not currently have coverage, Petruzelo Insurance can help you compare quotes from several leading insurers. Contact us today to get a quote.