What travel safety tips does the CIA give to its employees?
- Maintain a low profile at all times. CIA employees don’t want to draw attention to themselves. Knowing the local customs is a way of keeping a low profile. Act like you have been there before.
- Research your destination. Learn about popular, fun places from friends and on the Internet. A great time saver. You want to spend as much fun time as possible.
- Plan your ground transportation and hotel arrangements in advance. We never leave home without contact details for every stage of our itinerary.
4. It seems like a hassle to make a copy of your passport. But, if yours gets stolen or lost while abroad, you’ll be really glad that you took the extra 10 seconds to do it. If you don’t want to carry paper around, you can also scan your passport and e-mail it to yourself, so you’ll be able to access it anywhere.
5. Stay aware of your surroundings. [Do] the research to know what fits in the location where you are.
6. Have a plan before you go out. Know where you will meet if separated from your group or travel mate. Running solo? Make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you should be back. They should know who to call if you don’t check in.
7. Travel with a small battery- or solar-powered charger to prolong the life of your cell phone in an emergency. Choose a charger that is as small as a tube of lipstick, or opt for a slightly larger solar charger that harnesses the power of the sun. Even if phone and Wi-Fi systems are down, this will allow you to use your phone as a flashlight, for documentation, and to access apps designed to be helpful in emergencies.
(TRAVEL TIPS FOR CANADIANS The U.S has the same service:- S.T.E.P.)
8. Registration of Canadians Abroad is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information Free Service for CANADIANS
9. A doorstop. When you lock yourself into your hotel room at night, slip the doorstop under the door to keep intruders from being able to force the door open. The doorstop is effective even when the chain or other external locks give way. (pack one in your suitcase).
10. Plan for safety and security like you plan for fun and entertainment, and you, too, can travel like a CIA operative.
The CIA has a heavy influence on planning because in a crisis situation, you don’t have time to plan. You can execute what you have planned, but if you don’t plan ahead, you won’t know what to do.