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Being Insta-Safe in an Insta-Famous World – Best Social Media Practices for Female Travelers

Earlier this month, while attending the GBTA 2017 Convention in Boston, MA, I posted an Instagram story and tagged my location. Minutes after posting the story I received messages from some of my followers asking, “How’s Boston?” and “What are you in Boston for?”. It took me a minute to figure out they knew I was in Boston. It was because of my Instagram story tag. I looked a little deeper into who had watched my story and noticed that since it was tagged in Boston, the story had been automatically added to a larger story of all people who tagged Boston as their location. Anyone who searched Boston, MA had access to knowing exactly where I was and who I was. This was a reminder that although social media is a wonderful tool to spread our message and engage with our online communities, when you are a female traveler your social media practices should be met with caution.   Here are some tips to keep yourself safe when sharing your travels on social media:   Facebook – As much as you want to immediately ‘Check In’ your latest location and let all your friends and family know exactly where you are, be wary of posting real-time location updates, especially if you have an open Facebook account.   Instagram – Take a picture or else it did not happen, right? Take the picture, but hold off on posting the photo immediately. It is safer to post that awesome photo when you are traveling to the next destination, especially if you plan to geotag your location.   Instagram Stories- As...

4 Safety and Security Tips for Festival Season

    The notorious rowdy Glastonbury music festival took place last week. Some of the world’s biggest artists performed in this 5-day music and contemporary arts festival in the UK. Over 200,000 festivalgoers were expected to attend.   Due to recent terror-related attacks in Europe, talks of elevated security and terrorist threats dominated the news surrounding this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Representatives from Glastonbury Festival as well as the Glastonbury police released statements and videos notifying attendees traveling to the festival to expect major traffic delays entering the festival grounds, large lines to ensure thorough security checks and a much higher presence of armed police officers, security, and emergency aid tents.   With heightened security presences, terror threats and emergency aid tents becoming the new normal for many high profile open space events, if you`re traveling to a festival this summer here are some tips to help you stay safe and enjoy the music!   Know Before You Go – Be sure to check out the official festival websites to know exactly what is allowed into the festival grounds. Save copies of the grounds map to your phone and print a copy in case your phone dies, gets lost, etc. It is also a good idea to have a list of emergency phone numbers in case an incident occurs (remember, 911 is not the emergency response number in every country). Practice Sun Safety – Festivals are often in the middle of wide-open fields with little shelter from the sun’s harmful UV rays. To avoid a medical emergency such as heat or sunstroke, be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and...

Cough, Cough… the Other Travel Risk

We all understand there are risks when we travel. Stolen passport Lost luggage Violent crimes Acts of terrorism But there is also another large risk we can often overlook when traveling – getting sick. More often than not we are hearing about outbreaks, epidemics, or global pandemics. But what do each of those really mean? What is the difference? And how does this affect my travel?   According to the World Health Organization (WHO) definition, an outbreak is defined as:   “The occurrence of cases of disease in excess of what would normally be expected in a defined community, geographical area or season. An outbreak may occur in a restricted geographical area, or may extend over several countries. It may last for a few days or weeks, or for several years”   WHO defines an epidemic as:   “Contagious, infection or viral illnesses threatening public health security. These include diseases such as cholera, meningitis, avian influenza, and viral haemorrhagic fevers for which the region reports considerably high incidence and mortality rates. They can be responsible for high levels of morbidity and mortality and have a devastating impact on the economies of the region. These diseases can occur across borders and affect the world as a whole.”   The term pandemic is defined by WHO as:   “A pandemic differs greatly from an epidemic. Like an epidemic, a pandemic refers to a contagious, infectious or viral illness that spreads. However, unlike an epidemic, a pandemic is not limited to one specific geographic region. Instead, a pandemic has the potential to include millions of people in many areas and countries across the globe.”  ...

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