Six Surprising Ways to Stay Safe When Traveling Overseas

Our recent Webinar, “Checking in Before You Go: International Travel Security Tips,” included dozens of ways to stay safe when traveling overseas.

Here are six surprising ways to stay safe overseas you may not have known before.

1. BE SITUATIONALLY AWARE: Pay attention to your surroundings and be mindful of those around you. Make it a habit to walk a few feet away from walls and buildings, especially around corners. This increases your visibility of your surroundings.

2. REGISTER WITH YOUR COUNTRY’S EMBASSY AT YOUR DESTINATION: For U.S. travelers, did you know you can register with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy at the destination country before traveling overseas? The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is free and allows U.S. citizens traveling abroad to receive security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. It’s one more way – and an important one – to stay safe overseas.

3. BE MINDFUL OF THE ATTIRE YOU WEAR- AKA – WHEN IN ROME DO AS THE ROMANS DO: In the U.S., we wear baseball caps and labeled T-shirts. But people overseas usually do not. It is always best to blend in with people at your destination. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and other items projecting wealth. Status or branded apparel makes you stand out, increasing the chances you could become a target of theft or violence.

4. LOOK FOR EXITS FIRST, THEN THE MENU: Most of us first look at the menu when dining overseas. Wrong. Put the menu down. The first thing you should do is look for the exits in the restaurant or where you can hide if necessary. Oh, and this is true in every building you venture into overseas.

5. REALIZE YOUR HOTEL ROOM MAY BE BUGGED: Yes, someone might be listening. In many countries, listening devices are installed in hotel rooms. It’s far more prevalent than you may realize. Be aware that anything you say in your hotel room may be compromised.

6. WHEN ARRANGING FOR AIRPORT TRANSFERS – LOOK FOR A SIGN, BUT NOT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT: Always have a trusted, bilingual, local driver pick you up in the airport’s arrival area.

But don’t have them hold up a sign with your name on it. The title should be a generic word created for the occasion and known only to you and the driver. “Lollipop” is an example. Keeping a low profile, including taking this small step, is one more way to stay safe overseas.

In case you missed it, a recording of this Webinar is now in our Video Library. Click here to view.


By the way, we are announcing our second in a series of FREE webinars: In this one, our focus will be workplace violence programs and why you need one.

Visit our site for more information and content on this critical topic.

In the interim, here are the details:

When: Apr 27, 2023, 11:00 AM Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada)

Topic: What Is a Workplace Violence Program and Why Do I Need One?

Register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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