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Why Your Travel Plans & Social Media Don't Mix7/2/2018

Your long-awaited vacation is just around the corner and you couldn’t be more excited – bags are packed, your boarding pass is loaded on your phone and you have your pet-sitter lined up. Naturally, you can’t wait to share your travel plans with friends and family, so you head to Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat and announce where you’re headed. Big mistake. You may have just made your home a target for burglary while you’re on vacation. Here’s how you can take proper precautions when it comes to your travel social media habits.

Keep your plans to yourself – We highly discourage you from sharing your travel dates, flight info or vacation plans on social media, as you could be opening yourself up to a world of trouble, especially if your accounts are public.

It may be hard to believe, but a tech-savvy criminal trolling Facebook could stumble on your post. By sharing your travel plans, you’ve now given this thief an invitation to your home while you’re away.

Tighten up your tagging settings – It’s likely that not all your travel companions will take the same precautions you do while away from home. Consider changing your social media settings so that posts that people tag you in won’t automatically pop up on your page. If one of your travel companions tags you in a photo, this is yet another way that thieves can figure out you’re not home.

Take a break from social media while you’re on vacation - Say whaaat?!? Yes, you might experience some social media withdrawal symptoms, but we promise, you WILL survive. Vacation is a time for relaxing, experiencing new places and spending time with friends and family. Don’t let your vacation fly by unnoticed because you’re too busy on your phone. Take in your surroundings and enjoy your time with your traveling companions.

Social media safety should apply to everyone – Before you embark on your adventure, you’ll want to try to get everyone on the same page when it comes to social media safety. How do you do that you ask? You can start by sharing this article with your travel companions! With these social media best practices, you’ll help protect yourself and your loved ones while traveling.

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