Social Media Don’ts When Traveling

socialmediatraveldontsSummer is here and that means many of us have plans to hit the beach and take a vacation or two over the next few months. When vacation has finally arrived, many of us head right to our social media to share posts and pictures about just how excited we are to get away. Although it seems like a fun way of showing off your trip to friends and family, sharing on social media while on vacation can actually be very risky. According to the MetLife Auto & Home Safety Pulse: Danger at the Door survey, 15 percent of the total population reports using social networking sites to post updates when leaving their homes, and more than double that amount—35 percent—of younger Americans (aged 18-34) “check in” to locations and tweet about their whereabouts when away.

Unfortunately, one simple post no matter if it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social site, can give burglars clues about your home, location, and belongings, making it easy for them to plan a break in. To make sure you have fun and stay safe while on vacation, here are a few tips on what you should avoid on social media.

– Don’t post pictures or statuses from vacation until after you return home from your trip.

– Don’t give away the specific dates of your trip. Announcing when you will be departing or arriving can potentially be a clue for the time frame you will not be home.

– Don’t ‘check-in’ to vacation locations or activities using any form of social media.

– Don’t let your friends or family tag you in any current vacation posts.

– Check your social settings to be sure you do not have a public profile if you do not want one.

– Remember you are on vacation. It’s important to disconnect and share on social at a later time!

We understand it seems like harmless fun, and you just want to show off the vacation you worked hard for! In the end, it’s important to protect yourself, your home, and your belongings, so keep that post until your home.

What other tricks do you use for your keeping yourself and your home safe while traveling? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. This is some really good information about what not to do with social media when traveling. I liked that you talked about not giving any dates about your trip. That does seem like a good way to protect ourself.

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