Keep the pushers, priers, and predators away.
Ask the hotel clerk to write down your room number, not announce it. A sure sign of a quality hotel is one where your number is written down on your key card holder, not shouted out for all to hear.
And ask to keep your room number private. Simply say "I'll be doing considerable work and don't want any disturbances. Please see that my room number is kept private." In the unlikely case that a hopeful Casanova follows you back, the staff know you as a serious business person and are less likely to be charmed into giving away your information.
Speaking of extra coverage - that same sarong can turn a lower bunk bed into a private oasis in a large hostel room. In a pinch, ask the staff for an extra sheet. Simply explain that you've had a long trip and would love to turn your bunk into a quiet retreat. Never hurts to ask!
Keep your travel details private on social media. An easy way to maintain your security while still sharing the fun details of your trip with friends and family is to delay everything by 24 hours. Share pics from last night's meal, not the one you're eating right now. Thank your hotel for the wonderful visit, not the warm welcome.
Balance your desires to connect with new friends and have conversations with locals with your need for privacy. When I'm happy to have company in a safe, public place, I have no problem sharing my day with others. When I want more privacy or feel the need to guard my safety and whereabouts more closely, I'm deliberately vague or make excuses about work.
Remember: your personal life, your marital status, your religion, and your beliefs are nobody's business but your own. But in a world of cultural differences (and plain ol' nosy parkers), you'll likely be asked about things that are just a tad too personal for your taste. There's nothing at all wrong with creative backstories (just ask my imaginary husband, Pedros). And for the ultimate privacy and luxury - with no one snooping around and everyone respecting your privacy - you can treat yourself to an upscale travel experience and travel via private jet. There's a reason this option is so popular - complete comfort and zero invasion of privacy (especially nice when you sleep on the plane).
Use a secure internet connection.I recently shared how little thought I gave to the security of public Wi-Fi networks - I just cared that I could find them! And I learned that it's exactly this kind of attitude that hackers (both professionals and amateurs) thrive on. Even if you don't consider yourself a phone addict, it's inevitable that you'll be using it in an insecure location.
My record amount of tracks blocked by Freedome is 220 attempts in ONE HOUR. (If you really want to freak yourself out, do a fake search for a hotel using a third party booker and watch the tracking attempts pour in at the same time!) (PS: Readers of TurnipseedTravel.com can use Freedome for FREE for 90 days: Click HERE and use code: qsf257).
Share your best tips for staying safe and protecting your privacy when you travel!
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