Share the knowledge
I have to admit, I LOVE social media. I’m a Facebook junkie. If there was a 12 step program for Facebook I would have to join. I like Instagram, however I’m not as connected as Facebook.
I remember as a child when we would go on vacation my Dad would tell us kids, “Don’t tell you friends that we are going on vacation.” And we would not bring any attention to the fact that we are leaving because we didn’t want to take the chance that someone would break into the house. Other than our next door neighbor, nobody really knew that we were gone in the neighborhood. After we came home we would go to the local discount store, turn in our handful of film canisters to be developed. Wow, does that age me! Anyways, when the pictures would come back, we would then tell everyone about our adventure. What a different era!
These days we advertise on Facebook for months that we are going on vacation and the EXACT dates that we are going to be gone. We then tell our friends every last detail about our vacation. As I recently learned at a social media class, even though we tighten down our security to tell just our friends, if their security isn’t secure you’ve just told everyone in the world. It’s amazing how many people can see what you write. I think sometimes we forget that we’ve opened up to the entire world, and we don’t know who is looking in. With it being close to the holiday season, my boys enjoy watching the movie “Home Alone”. Joe Pesci’s character, Harry Lime, comes to the McCallister’s house dressed as a police officer and the family gives him all of their travel plans assuming that all is safe because they think he’s an officer. Sometimes it seems like we are the same way with social media. We give all of our information out there because we think we are giving it to our friend. However if our friends don’t have their pages locked down, who knows if you are “talking” to a present day Harry Lime or not.
Although you are excited about the vacation countdown and you are bursting at the seams, don’t forget that someone else could see it and bring a big downer to your vacation when you get home.
There are many old fashion ways to help protect your home while away on vacation. One of easiest ways is to ask a neighbor or family friend to keep an eye on the house while away. To this day, that is what we do when we take a family vacation. It’s funny how some things just never change.
And until next time…
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.