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5 Tips For Staying Safe During Holiday Travel

Long weekends and the holiday season are great opportunities to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, and of course, explore the world. For many, some of their happiest memories are those spent traveling with family, friends and loved ones. Whether it’s sailing away on a cruise ship, boarding a flight, riding a train or taking a long weekend road trip, we want to remind you that staying safe during holiday travel (or any other travel occasion) is important. Here are some steps you can take to stay safe.

Protect Your Identity.

33% of travelers have experienced identity theft while traveling. To thwart identify theft, leave all unnecessary, non-essential cards at home, including social security cards, un-used bankcards, etc. If you plan to use your debit, or other bank card during your travels, it’s important to let your financial institution know when and where you are traveling. For Pioneer Bank customers, this is as simple as making a phone call or completing a short form found in your online banking account. A variety of identity protection services are available to assist with proactive identity and credit monitoring.

Safeguard Your Belongings.

Before your adventure begins, scan and email your important travel documents (passport, visas, insurance, itinerary, etc.) to yourself; that way, your documents won’t go missing, even if your bags do. Hold at least one additional source of money, (i.e. credit card or traveler’s check) in a place other than your wallet or purse. Being without a method of payment can become a major hassle. If you’re staying in a hotel that has an in-room safe, consider using this to store personal belongings you leave behind for the day.

Talk to Your Doctor Before and After Your Trip.

 Visit your primary doctor prior to leaving, especially if you’re traveling internationally. Your doctor can provide you with the necessary information for your trip and advise you about any health precautions you should follow.

Invest In Travel Insurance.

Investing in travel insurance is a no-brainer. If you’re injured or become ill while abroad, medical care can quickly add up to tens-of-thousands of dollars, even for minor injuries. Insurance is worth it.

And Remember, Look Before You Leave.

Get in the habit of looking before you leave. You're probably carrying more belongings than when you are at home, and traveling can be distracting—so you're more likely to leave a jacket or journal at that café table where you were sipping espresso while people-watching. If you realize that you left your card behind, don't worry, use Card Controls & Alerts to turn it off.

Traveling and need to unlock your card? Call our Customer Care Center at 518.730.3000; Mon-Fri: 8am - 7pm and Sat: 8:30am - 1:30pm, or stop into a branch near you


The material provided on this website is intended for informational purposes only. Links to other web sites are provided for reference and do not constitute a referral or endorsement by Pioneer Bank or its affiliates. Please note that such material is not updated regularly and that some of the information may not be current. It is recommended that you consult with a financial professional for assistance regarding the information contained herein.

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