March kicks of the start of Spring Break travel and planning for summer. It’s also the time to ensure you have a plan to protect your data and privacy both before and during your trip, especially since airlines, hotels and other travel-related companies have had breaches.

To reduce your risk, WorldAware recommends creating a “digital persona” for booking travel or making other online travel-related transactions. For example:

  • Set up a disposable phone number using a service like Google Voice and RingCentral to keep your phone number private.
  • Create a “throwaway” email address to use only when booking online. EarthLink customers have access to additional email addresses they can use to create a travel online ID. To set up these addresses, refer to this support article.
  • Keep your addresses private with a service like iPostal1.com, PhysicalAddress.com and PostScanMail.com. You can also rent a PO Box from the U.S. Postal Service; however, note that some online forms don’t accept PO Box addresses.

Then, as you plan your departure, check out these six tips from the risk management company, WorldAware:

  1. Know local laws regarding medications; you may need a doctor’s note or other documentation.
  2. Make three copies of your passport; some you’ll take, some you’ll leave
  3. Know how you will get to and from your destination(s); cell phones may not work = no call and no map
  4. Learn what items you can bring on the plane, cruise ship, or other mode of travel since airline and cruise ships often have different rules
  5. Make a written list of contact information- yes, on a piece of paper.
  6. Communication is key especially when it comes to checking in with each other

Look for more on safeguarding your tech and money while traveling in upcoming posts.