Why Be A Defensive Traveler

“Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.”–Aldous Leonard Huxley


The traveler is by nature a target, but you don’t have to be a sitting duck.


Travelers are not invincible to risk.
Ignorance is not bliss.
The day of the passive passenger is passed.
Surprises don’t make for a smart travel.

This blog is a bible for defensive travelers

The defensive driver

defensive driver

Are you a “defensive driver?” You pay attention to road conditions, weather and warnings. You’re alert to the movements of other vehicles around your car. You keep an eye on the rear view mirror and try to anticipate what the cars ahead are going to do and are ready to take evasive action.


This turquoise Thunderbird convertible is my wish car. If I owned it, I would certainly drive it defensively.

So, being a defensive traveler should come naturally.

As a defensive traveler you . . .

defensive woman

  • Arm yourself with the knowledge to be a savvy traveler
  • Think ahead—have a plan
  • Accept advice—pack light
  • Be aware of health issues—take precautions
  • Pay attention to what’s going on around you
  • Be alert to actions of others, especially unsavory looking persons
  • Anticipate possible problems—what would you do if?
  • Allow for the unexpected
  • In an emergency be prepared to take action
    • Know the steps to take to survive a crisis
    • Practice or at least review the steps mentally

A defensive traveler is a pro

The pros always have a plan


The armed forces, first responders, transportation personnel, are educated and trained to respond automatically to trouble.

They . . .

  • Anticipate the risks in advance
  • Take precautions to avoid or, at least, minimize them
  • Are alert and prepared to put their plan into action

“The single most important ingredient of successful travel is a positive attitude—the confidence that you can handle any situation that comes up, and a cheerful self-reliance that helps you turn disappointments into benefits.”–Deborah Burns, Tips for the Savvy Traveler

Be a pro and learn how to become a defensive traveler.