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Safety Savvy Travelers

Safety Savvy Travelers

Schools Out and Summer is In.  This is when our attention turns to vacations, getaways,  and adventures.  Whether your plans are local, international or perhaps even exotic, becoming more safety savvy can help to create treasured travel memories rather than regrettable recollections. The more informed and aware you are, the less likely you can fall victim to problems. A Few Tips For A Safer Vacation: Home Arrange for a trusted neighbor or friend to check your house regularly, park in front of your home occasionally, and collect your mail and papers each day. Make sure they have your emergency contact information. Set up timers to turn your lights on and off to reflect your regular routine at home. Some window blinds can be connected to a timer as well. Unplug electronic devices and small appliances. Currency and Cards Make sure you have enough local currency with you to cover local transportation and small purchases. Only use trusted financial outlets to exchange your money: o   Currency Exchange –local ATMs can be a good option and usually charge the spot rate and a small foreign transaction fee.  Check to see if there is an additional per transaction fee. o   Currency Exchange Kiosks at airports usually offer a combination of the exchange rate plus a commission, or a less attractive exchange rate and no commission — compare options and final costs. o   Your own domestic bank will also charge exchange fees — so don’t assume they are the least expensive option — especially for currency outside of North America. Check to see if your credit card charges a foreign transaction fee —...