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January 2017

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44 Mobility | January 2017 Traveling should always be something of an adventure, but not at the expense of your safety and security. Here are a few tips that should help you avoid some of the pitfalls that can turn a trip into a disaster. If you're listening to music on your smartphone or iPod, don't block the hearing in both ears with earbuds or headphones. Instead, listen to just one. That way, you can always stay alert. Another option is to wear the earbuds or headphones with no music on as a way to eavesdrop, just in case there's something untoward going on that you should know about. Source: buzzfeed.com It's always a good idea to let people know where you're going, including friends and family back home and your innkeeper or hotel concierge. And if you're venturing into parkland or wilderness, always tell someone when you expect to return and the route you're taking. It's important to stick to that route. Source: travel.aarp.org The most important steps you can take to avoid losing your luggage on a fl ight are to label it properly and make it easy to identify. Include your name, destination address—not your home address—and phone number where you can be reached. Print the same information on a card and put it inside the suitcase on top of your belongings, where it will be visible as soon as someone opens it. And personalize your luggage with distinguishing marks, like a brightly colored ribbon tied to the handle or Day-Glo stickers or tape along the sides. Source: trip.ustia.org A former CIA agent advises travelers staying in a hotel not to take a room on the ground fl oor (too easily accessible) or the top fl oor (too little room to maneuver). He also says you should keep the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, even when you're out. Source: cntraveler.com And if you're venturing into parkland or wilderness, always tell someone The most important steps you can take to avoid losing your luggage on a fl ight are to label it properly and make it easy to identify. Include your name, destination address—not your home address—and phone number where you can be reached. Print the same information on a card and put it inside the suitcase on top of your belongings, where it will be visible as soon as someone opens it. And personalize your luggage with distinguishing marks, like a brightly colored ribbon tied to Because lost wallets are the leading cause of identity theft, it's a good idea to take only the card or cards you actually plan to use while on a trip. Leave the other cards and your checkbook at home. If you plan to take more than one credit card, lock away the extra one, along with account information and customer service numbers for the cards you have with you, in a hotel safe or other secure location. Source: travelers.com

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