There’s a lot to worry about when you travel, and security is definitely high on the list. Male or female, we all want to arrive safely to our destination. And while there is general safety advice that applies to all genders, there are a few things men should know before they travel. In this article, we’re going to cover the basics of travel security along with a few tips targeted for the male traveler.
During your travels, the hotel is going to be your home base. And, for the most part, your belongings are relatively safe there. But while you’re out and about, make sure you have a plan for your more important belongings. For example, your laptop is a valuable possession because of its monetary value but also because it likely contains sensitive information about you. If you’re traveling with a laptop, this may be your most important physical item (aside from a passport).
Lock up your most important belongings whenever possible, and when they’re with you, don’t leave them out of your sight.
These days a criminal standing in line behind you can easily steal your credit card information with an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) reader. And since most men keep their wallets in their back pockets, you wouldn’t even know it was happening. Luckily, this is an easy fix. By using an RFID-blocking wallet, you don’t have to worry about a thing.
It’s tempting to want to carry and use cash when you’re traveling, but there are obvious dangers that come along with doing so. If you lose the cash, you have no recourse. You should always have some cash on you for emergencies, but try to keep it limited to what you think you’ll need for the day with a little padding. And remember that you can always hit the bank or ATM for more. You don’t need to take out one lump sum before you travel. If you’re going to a foreign country, just check with the banks for transfer rates and fees before you withdraw anything. Foreign transaction fees can be high with some banks and cards. But if you have an international bank, it’s typically not an issue.
When you’re traveling, take extra precautions to protect your online identity by using the latest updated security software and by minimizing location sharing. Location sharing is tempting while traveling, but if you’re worried about security, keep it to a minimum. Also, be wary of what you share while on public wifi. You’ve probably heard this warning before, but anyone on that same connection can have access to your online activity with the right tools and techniques. It’s always better to use a secure hotspot if that’s an option. If not, use the most secure browser you can find. Avast and Chrome work together to provide a more secure browsing experience.
When you’re traveling, especially when you’re traveling with digital assets, security is incredibly important. Always be aware of your physical surroundings and online exposure.