10 Travel Safety Tips You Can Learn from the CIA Mathew Bradley spent more than 14 years in the Central Intelligence Agency. I spoke to him via email to ask his top tips for traveling safely, both at home and abroad. What travel safety tips does the CIA give to its employees? Maintain a low profile Research your destination before you go Plan your ground transportation and hotel arrangements in advance Stay aware of your surroundings What should tourists do in case of an emergency while traveling? Have a plan before you go out Make sure someone knows where you're going and when you should be back For natural disasters, plan ahead to avoid hurricanes and wildfires What does a CIA agent always pack for a trip? A doorstop What is your number one travel safety tip? Plan ahead! Also, don't take your passport out of your hotel.