The bad and good parts of life hit you smack in the face yesterday. The bad was when your purse was stolen at the airport when you turned my back to check your phone for the ride share arrival.
The good part is fortunately a long list:
Sometimes life stinks and it is easy to think that humanity is lost. There are times, however, when just as quickly you see how truly fabulous people are. We live in a world where the news is 5% ugly, a mere 5% and that’s it. Unfortunately, people end up thinking the world is ugly. But yesterday was proof positive there is 95% good going on.
Not all traveling dilemmas have this happy of an ending. If you do lots of traveling for work or for pleasure, it is important that you PLAN AHEAD for what you will do in the event of a travel problem or emergency:
- Public spaces put you at the greatest risk for pick pockets and theft. Realizing that someone is likely scanning the area for an unattended purse or laptop, it is important to never let your guard down.
- Leaving the strap of your purse around your arm, or even just your wrist, can help you pay closer attention to your belongings. If you carry a laptop bag or a backpack. Consider unhooking one of the straps, threading it through a chair leg or a metal armrest, and then rewatching it. This provides you a way to relax and read while still knowing that your items are safe.
- A second set of credit card numbers tucked away in your suitcase can help you easily find the information that you need to cancel cards in case your purse is stolen.
- No one wants to be suspicious all of the time, but the fact that you are going to traveling means that you need to keep your eyes and ears open.
- An online backup allows airlines to navigate difficult situations.
- Having your eyes on the area and scanning the people in a space can also keep you safer. Walking through the airport while looking at your phone, however, puts you at risk because you are not as likely to be as aware of your surroundings.
- Every trip can provide great opportunities, but they can also make you vulnerable when it comes to dealing with large crowds in unfamiliar spaces.
- Asking for help immediately when a theft happens allows you the best chance of reclaiming your stolen items.
- Dedication to being aware of surroundings is the best preventative step.
Data recovery services and online backups can also help make sure that travel schedules go as planned. Even when you are as careful as possible, there are times when the failure of online backups used by customs can cause major delays. Having a backup plan is important for individual travelers and the entire industry.