Summer vacation is fast approaching! Bring out those summer OOTDs and your year long planned checklist and get ready for an awesome summer chill with your family and your friends.
With all your bags packed and your itinerary intact, you’re ready to walk out your house and get on that plane or bus, but you need to keep these things in mind, before you embark on your out of town escapade.
Here are some tips that will surely make your adventure the ultimate #SummerGoals.
1. Social Media Updates
A recent survey shows that the Filipinos spend an average of 4.17 hours daily on social media in 2016, Fifty-eight percent of the Philippine population are active on Social Media users on a monthly basis, the 15th highest penetration rate in the world, this is according to the Digital Global Overview by We Are Social and Hootsuite.
It is a fact that Filos are fond of the Internet. Every aspect of our lives make it to social media, be it the ATM (at the moment) happenings or the ICYMI (in case you missed it) updates.
Always be cautious when it comes to posting, even there are privacy settings a social media account, we don’t know what lurks inside the ominous parts of the internet.
Here are some don’t’s for you:
Don’t advertise your departure date (or better yet, don’t mention anything about your trip)
Giving away your departure date can leave you exposed. Your ‘followers’ or ‘friends’ know about it, but there is always a random person waiting for an opportunity.
Don’t Tag your fellow Vacationers while on your trip
You might be on a current vacation with your friends, by tagging them in a post or a status, indicate that they are also absent from their home. Wait until everyone is safely back home before tagging those awe-spring photos.
Don’t Post Upcoming Travel Plans
The more you plan and post the more the robbers would plan their strike as well. Don’t post your future itinerary for everyone to see.
Bottomline: Post everything and anything that happened in your trip after you arrive back from your vacation. Imagine a longer blog post about your adventures and better experience with your friends and family.
2. Your Home
Everyone wants a home to come back to after a long vacation, keeping your home secure while you’re out of town is quite a challenge, so sit back and read these tips to have a stress free vacation.
Ask Someone to Keep an Eye on Things
Being a good neighbor has it’s perks, especially when it comes to important favors. You can ask your neighbor to keep an eye on the house while you’re away, just the causal checks around the house or better yet, if you trust your neighbor give them a spare key to your apartment/house just in case of emergencies.
It is best to ask a family member to temporary move in the house while you’re away, to keep your pets company (if you have any), tidy up the place, water the plants and get the mail.
Stash all your valuables
We don’t want an inviting scene for the burglars out there so, lock up all your jewelries, sensitive documents and other electronic devices you didn’t bring on your trip. Putting them in plain sight can and will attract those with ill intentions.
Before you leave your humble abode, remember to unplug all unnecessary electronics and appliances, this can protect your home from electrical fires and power surge.
Don’t forget to pay your bills before leaving. If your mail is pilling up, it indicates that the house is inhabited.
“Curtains, open or closed?” Great question!
Believe it or not, it is better to leave your curtains open, why? It creates the illusion that someone is home, during the day time, but it is also good for someone to check the house before night fall and draw the curtains and leave the lights on and turn them back off in the morning.
Top these tips off with your usual out of town routine and you are good to go. Enjoy the summer vacation without worries or woes.