Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Security Tips for Travelers

We at Unique Travel Concepts care about our clientele and provide the following reminders for your next trip.

1. Scan important travel documents and store them in your e-mail account - This allows you to easily access your passport, passport photos, visa, airline tickets, itinerary, etc., securely via e-mail.

2. Pack only one or two credit cards - Determine which one or two credit cards are accepted worlwide and leave all other credit cards at home. Additionally, call the credit card vendors and let them know which countries you will be going to and also the time frame of your travel.

3. Don't pack your Social Security card or bank checkbook - A Social Security number (SSN) and address are the only information needed to steal your identity and a stolen check is the first step into your banking account. Leave behind any other cards or documents you may routinely carry that contain your SSN.

4. Store valuables in the hotel safe - Valuables include your cash, credit cards and especially, your passport. After all, what could be more valuable than your ability to return home?

5. Avoid free wireless networks - Do not check your financial information, such as online banking activities, from street cafe computers or free wireless networks. There could be malicious software installed, and your account could be exposed to potential theft.

6. Safeguard documents not traveling with you - Leave the following documents in a safe deposit box or in a fireproof safe at home: Social Security card, birth certificate, copy of your passport, checkbook and deposit slips, bills and statements, medical cards, extra credit and ATM/debit cards and any other financial or identifiable documents.

As always, be prepared for your next vacation or business trip by following the security tips provided.

Travel Protection coverage is something to seriously consider as well. It helps provide a peace of mind and depending on the coverage; protects most out of pocket expenses, if cancellation is required. Feel free to give us a call if we can help with your next vacation.


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