by Caryn Murray
When planning a vacation, you’re bound to be excited about the fun you will have. At the same time, it’s important to put some effort and hard work into planning out each step of your vacation, because this will ensure that you’ll have a good time, even if something goes wrong.
The first thing you should do is talk to a friend or neighbor whom you know and trust, and ask them to keep an eye on your home while you are gone. Never tell somebody you don’t know too well that you will be leaving. A good friend can make sure your home is not broken into while you are gone. It is also a good idea to keep up the visual appearance that you are still there by leaving a light on in the home. Or, a home security system works as well to protect your valuable assets.
Once you know that your home is safe while you are away, then you want to make a “worry list” of all the things that could possibly go wrong on your trip. Maybe you could experience car troubles, or there could be a detour and you could get lost.
This worry list will be used to formulate a second list of “what to do if…” so that you are completely prepared for the unexpected. Try to have a second (and maybe even a 3rd) route mapped out in case there are any problems with your original directions.
If you are travelling alone, women must be especially cautious of strangers, even when they appear helpful. If it is legal, carry some pepper spray, a stun gun, or other item of personal protection. In case it is not legal, be sure you have studied some basic self defense tips for women.