Traveling Safely With Your Family

Posted by Timbers Resorts on August 6, 2012

Leaving your comfort zone is part of the fun of travel, but only if you can keep your family safe in the process. Whether you’re on an adventure abroad, staying at a luxury Timbers Resorts property in Tuscany, the Caribbean or Mexico, or keeping closer to home in one of Timbers Resorts domestic destinations, consider these tips for secure and fun family travel.

1. Do Your Research

Use guidebooks and local resources to know the safest areas, places to avoid and crime-stopping tips for your destination. The U.S. State Department provides general information for many countries.

2. Hold Hands

In a crowded area, hold hands with all family members to avoid losing track of each other. This is especially important in crowded transit areas where some family members might board a vehicle while others are left behind.

3. Take a Picture

If you lose track of your child, describing her in a foreign language is time-consuming and inaccurate.  Instead, use your mobile phone to take a picture of your child  each morning of your trip. This gives you a current photo the authorities can broadcast regardless of language barriers.

4. Prepare Your Team

Spouses and children alike should all have a specifically defined role in case of emergencies. One parent should focus on interacting with others while the other guides family members to safety. Younger ones can have their own roles, for example watching for police to call or simply keeping one hand on Mommy.

 5. Bring Your Brain 

Being on vacation means it’s time to relax, but it’s important to practice all the safety standards you use at home. Listen to your instincts, watch your belongings, and pay attention to your surroundings. While you’re setting out for a vacation with time to unwind, it’s always important to keep your smarts in check and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

For more information on Timbers Resorts and the best settings for your family trips, contact us via email at or by phone, 888.366.6641.