Travel Safely part 1

The kids are out of school. The days are long and hot. It’s vacation season, the perfect time to get away and explore new places. Whether your summer adventures take you a short distance from home or oceans away, here are a few tips to help you enjoy your travels safely.

  • If possible travel with at least one travel companion.
  • When traveling out of the country do your research and be aware of local customs, laws, etc.
  • Be mindful of your luggage at all times
  • Carry your money and personal objects in a bag or purse that you can hide under your clothes.
  • Use a business card as your luggage tag. Try not to use your home address.
  • Never tell anyone that you are traveling alone. If someone persistently asks, don’t hesitate to lie.
  • If attending a conference do not wear your name badge when you leave the event hotel.
  • Wear minimal jewelry. Lots of expensive and flashy jewelry makes you an easier target for predators. Also, consider using disposable cameras instead of bringing your digital camera. Expensive cameras are popular targets for thieves.
  • Avoid going out alone at night and as always TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!!

Please share your thoughts and tips on having safe and fun summer vacations.

3 responses to “Travel Safely part 1

  1. All of the above are great ideas. I like the last one best. In the past, I have told friends and fellow martial artists that after one practices the martial arts for a length of time, a person develops what I call a sixth sense. This occurs with me when that little voice tells me that trouble is around. So, do not ignore that little voice in your head when traveling or anytime.

    Also, make sure you walk with your head up and use your peripheral vision. Don’t get into a situation where you have tunnel vision and miss clues to the dangers around you.

    Have a safe and enjoyable vacation.

    Dennis H. Clarkston
    AKA Clark Stone

  2. If you can in advance, purchase a t-shirt relevant to your travel location when flying. When traveling alone to an unsafe area of Mexico, I wore an official Mexico soccer jersey and cap.

  3. I think we all have a that little voice inside that fires off warning bells. Experienced martial artists may be more tuned into it then others. People need to learn to listen to that voice instead of brushing it aside as paranoia. You’re absolutely right, Dennis, that you need to be paying attention and being aware of your surroundings when walking. You want to make yourself as hard a target as possible.


    I never really thought about it, but I suppose blending with the locals may make you less of a target. Although no matter what they wear some people just have a tourist aura about them.

    Thanks for commenting, gentlemen.


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