What exactly does that mean? The phrase doesn’t stem from lazy dogs lying around on hot and humid days. Instead, we need to look to the summer sky. The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” They associated the hottest days with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major – and also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. For the ancient Romans, the dog days of summer occurred from about July 24 to August 24. Today, The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional timing of the dog days of summer as being July 3 – August 11.
- Be Street Smart. Try and dress down and blend in with your surroundings. Wear inexpensive jewelry while touring or shopping. Don’t flash your cell phone or camera in public.
- Practice Airport Safety. Spend as little time as possible in the public areas. The gate area is more secure because everyone has already passed through security at that point.
- Know Hotel Room Security. When using an in-room safe, always recognize that you use it at your own risk. If something is particularly valuable, it’s better to use the hotel’s safe deposit boxes.
- Carefully Travel Around Town. The #1 risk for most travelers is street crime. Criminals go where the money is, and the highest crime areas tend to be the resort and financial districts. Be particularly cautious when approached by strangers asking for directions or the time. Use money belts and neck pouches to protect money, passports and credit cards. Trust your instincts. Stay on streets that are well traveled, and don’t ignore suspicious persons or activities.
Don’t let the dog days get you down ---- That vacation will perk you right up! Enjoy your summer & stay safe.