With COVID restrictions and social distancing still set in place, many of us have been itching to get out and explore. While we likely won’t see the re-opening of major tourist areas for a while still, it doesn't mean that we are homebound. From seniors to millennials, many individuals have taken to the roads to travel the vast beauty of the United States. With spring and summer fast approaching, maybe you too are ready to traverse the Pacific Northwest's mountain trails all the way to the warm Everglades. However, traveling alone to an unknown environment is always cause for concern. Today, we are going to talk about the dangers of traveling alone and what you can do to protect yourself.
While exploring the unknown, whether hiking trails in a national park or the quaint shops of a little town, is fantastic, it does come at a risk. When wandering into an unknown location, you have no idea what or who you will face.
Solution – Before heading out on your adventure, do your research. Know where you are going, available stations to refill your gas tank, your night's accommodations, and what you plan on doing. If you are going hiking, have a printed map of the trails and read up on the warnings of the area provided by the park. If you are heading to a quaint town in the middle of nowhere, have a plan on how to get there, and make your accommodation reservations in advance.
Speaking of unknown locations, getting lost is part of the game. It is incredibly easy to take a wrong turn. While Google Maps is king in the USA, there are times when it can lead you astray or you go out of service range. What then?
Solution – Carry multiple forms of navigation. Don’t rely on your phone alone to get you from Point A to Point B! Carry a hard form as well, such as a map or printed out directions.
There is nothing worse than your ride breaking down, and it always happens at an inconvenient time or location. The last thing you want is to get stranded on the side of a back road in the middle of the night.
Solution – Before heading out on the road, here are three actions you should consider taking. First, get your car inspected. This will ensure that you can make needed repairs before leaving and that everything is in good working condition. Second, pack an emergency road kit. Your pack should include food, water, a blanket, tools, roadside assistance items, and a few other essentials to get you through a bad situation. Lastly, consider buying roadside assistance just in case you pop a tire, lose your key, or run out of gas.
When traveling, you will have the opportunity to meet wonderful, diverse people. However, you may also come across individuals that make you uncomfortable, are overly forward, are particularly nosey, or even want to hurt you. What can you do to protect yourself?Solution - Ripple Safety is a discreet safety device that alerts Ripple’s 24/7 professional monitoring center when you activate it. With just a push of a button, our expert monitoring team can dispatch Police or EMS directly to your location without you having to say a single word. Whether you simply feel uncomfortable and need a phone call, or you have an emergency situation and just moments to act, our team is always there to keep you safe. To learn more about our device and how it can improve travel safety, click HERE.