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Technology to Help You Stay Safe

We’ve talked a bit about spring break safety in our Spring Break Jealousy and Protect Yourself this Spring Break posts. But did you know that your cell phone can also help you stay safe while you’re traveling?

There are tons of websites and apps that can be easily accessed on your smart phone. These sites and programs can be used to help you have fun and stay safe as you travel.

neighborhoodscout.com
Type: Website
Available On: All internet-capable devices
Perks: Gives you safety rating of cities around the nation
Description: Have you ever heard the quote “fools rush in?” Well, it would be foolish to rush into any trip without checking out this website in advance. Neighborhood Scout ranks of all US cities on crime out of 100. The higher the ranking, the safer the city. So, before you head out, you might want to check the safety rating of your destination.

gadling.com
Type: Website
Available On: All internet-capable devices
Perks: Information on cool places and travel tips from people around the world
Description: Gadling is the Huffington Post’s travel blog. This is where travel writers, experts and regular people from around the world share their travel knowledge. Visiting this site can help you plan activities ahead of time, learn a few travel trips and maximize your safety.

journeywoman.com
Type: Website
Available On: All internet-capable devices
Perks: Knowledgeable and has tons of safety tips
Description: Traveling alone can be an amazing experience but can also be more dangerous than traveling with a group. Journey Woman has been recognized by over 300 media sources, and is a leading expert about travelling alone — whether you’re male or female. Check out these awesome safety tips from her website.

Find My Friends
Type: App
Available On: iPhone and Android
Perks: Helps you keep track of your friends, even in crowded places
Description: We’ve all been on a trip with a large group of friends and had someone wander off. You spend the next hour searching for them and end up frustrated and in a tizzy. Find My Friends can save time, energy and your nerves. It allows you to easily locate friends and family from your phone (although they have to add you before you can see where they are). You will be able to easily access their locations and share your own.

bSafe
Type: App
Available On: iPhone and Android
Perks: Helps you set up a safety net and contact them if you need help
Description: This app helps you prepare for a worst case scenario. It lets you create a list of people to be contacted in case of emergency. With one touch you can send out an alert (with your GPS coordinates) to the people on your “guardian” list. While we hope that this won’t be necessary, it might be smart to download something like this in case of an emergency.

Skype
Type: Website and App
Available On: All internet-capable devices, iPhone and Android
Perks: No more sky-high long-distance roaming fees
Description: You’ve probably heard of Skype before (you might even already have it on your phone), but may never have thought to use it to avoid paying huge amounts of money on long-distance or roaming fees. Instead of using your mobile minutes while you’re travelling, connect to the nearest Wi-Fi and make your calls for free.

We want you to have fun while you travel. These apps and websites can help you stay safe while you explore.

What apps/websites/technology do you use to stay safe while traveling?

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