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Hellen Keller once said that “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” She was onto something. While this is applicable to life in general, it also applies to the art of travel. Adventures rely on elements of risk and uncertainty. Without these, the experience of travel can seem far less exciting. Conversely, travel can also involve danger — often unexpectedly. Whether you’re someone who seeks it out on purpose, or stumbles across it by accident, it’s best to educate and prepare yourself for potentially dangerous situations prior to booking a vacation. This is where the newly-launched travel safety app, OZZI, comes in.
What is OZZI Travel Safety?
OZZI is anything but your typical travel safety app. It was designed by parents who had a vision for helping their children stay safer in the outside world. OZZI’s data and sources have even been vetted by the U.S. Government Intelligence and Defense teams to ensure maximum accuracy. In fact, it’s safe to say there’s no other app quite as comprehensive or informative on the market. Not only does OZZI help travelers find safer destinations, it empowers travelers to do what they love most: explore the world.
How does the App Work?
Within the app, travelers can create individual travel “portfolios” for upcoming trips based on specific location (it’s best to be as detailed as possible when creating portfolios to ensure accuracy). For example, I currently have active portfolios for Cartagena, Colombia, Marrakech, Morocco, and Granada, Nicaragua. Through these portfolios, the app provides insight on the safest neighborhoods to book hotels or rentals, and sends real-time alerts regarding natural and human-made safety incidents to minimize disruptions.
These features have been especially useful in helping me prepare for my upcoming trip to Nicaragua. Just this week, multiple real-time alerts notified me of an increase in violent crime in the neighborhoods throughout the city of Managua. One alert in particular caught my eye: an elevated threat in the neighborhood of Barrio Martha Quezada, near Parque Historico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa.
Upon further inspection, I realize my hotel is right at the edge of what is displayed as a red zone for streets and specific locations with the highest threat. In this case, it was a bus station. This prompted me to book another hotel in a neighborhood with no red or orange zones of caution, so when I arrive at my destination, I’ll have peace of mind.
Perhaps if I had kept my previous hotel booking, all would have been fine regardless. However, I didn’t want to take that chance. Travel is a beautiful thing as it pushes us beyond the realm of comfort. But here’s the thing: that’s where it should stop. Being slightly uncomfortable due to a new experience or unknown place versus putting yourself in actual danger are two totally different things. OZZI helps identify potentially threatening incidents and empower travelers to make informed decisions to avoid trip disruptions or worse.
What are the features of the App?
OZZI utilizes an easy-to-understand “traffic light” ratings system that reveals safety conditions in real time. Ratings are on a scale of 1.00 – 5.75 indicating Minimal, Low, Moderate, High, and Extreme levels. The ratings categories are below:
2. Safety Maps
There is nothing worse than arriving at a destination that looks far from how it was advertised. Take it from someone who experienced this during a solo trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2021 (hi, it’s me). OZZI helps to prevent this with interactive maps that show travelers real-time conditions of neighborhoods well before they reach the front door to their accommodation.
3. Safety Alerts
OZZI sends out real-time, verified safety alerts from the nine categories listed below:
– Security (civil unrest, crime, armed conflict, kidnapping, threats of terrorism, and security services);
– Health (disease and threats, mental health risks, medical facilities services, and food and water conditions);
– Legal (local laws, emergency contacts, embassies and consulate information);
– Culture (significant dates and holidays, business hours, body and hand gestures);
– Environment (air quality, environmental risks, man-made hazards, natural disasters);
– Political (corruption, government stability, rule of law, sanctions, current government leaders);
– Entry/Exit Border Control (required visas, pre departure requirements, on-arrival);
– Financial (currency information, credit card fraud/use, taxes, and tipping culture); and
– Infrastructure (local bus routes, road conditions, cyber attacks, driving habits).
Push notifications must be turned “on” in the OZZI app to receive alerts. All alerts are actionable and provided within 2 to 15 minutes from the incident occurring so travelers can make the most informed decisions about their safety as possible.
4. Local Guides
The OZZI app may be one of the most in-depth travel safety apps out there, but they also cover the “simpler” side of travel, too. From passport and vaccine requirements to transportation guides and helpful destination tips, travelers can get security compliant intel and manage their trips all in one place.
Download the OZZI Travel Safety for your Next Adventure
OZZI is available in four different affordable membership subscriptions: the Travel Pro 30 day, Travel Pro 60 day, Travel Pro 90 day, and the Travel Pro Annual.
These memberships are designed to fit every type of traveler, from the “occasional” adventurer to the expat abroad. Planning to spend the summer in Europe? The Travel Pro 90 Day membership might be for you. Have your first solo trip coming up? The Travel Pro 30 Day may be just what you need. If none of these plans fit the length of your trip, or if you are looking for group pricing, you can always contact the OZZI team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using the app is easy, and can be completed by downloading via the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
Select the membership that fits your upcoming vacation:
1. Travel Pro 30 day
2. Travel Pro 60 day
3. Travel Pro 90 day
4. Travel Pro Annual.
– (Use my code ECC23 at Checkout for 20% off)
– Verify the email address used at checkout
– Download OZZI Travel Safety from Apple App Store or Google Play
– Add your upcoming vacation on the Travel screen
Visit OZZI’s website to learn more about the app’s features, the team behind the technology, and how to manage subscriptions.
Why Should You Use OZZI Travel Safety?
Downloading OZZI will not only expand your travel possibilities, but improve your travel experiences. Having access to the world is a privilege, but being able to enjoy it safely and without fear is a right that we all have. Has using the OZZI app allowed you to travel more confidently? Tell me about your experience in the comments below. Safe Travels!
Don’t forget to use my code “ECC23″ at checkout at https://ozzi.app to get 20% off an OZZI Travel PRO Membership!
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14 thoughts on “OZZI: The Must-Have Travel Safety App in 2023”
Oh this is so helpful to have as a solo female traveler – thank you so much for sharing.
You’re welcome, Andrea! It’s really changed how I travel in the best way possible!
Okay, this sounds super helpful. I love the real-time information that helps you determine how comfortable you’ll feel in a certain area in a new city!
The real-time alerts are seriously the best! They definitely helped me on my recent trip to Nicaragua!
What an interesting app. As someone who loves to travel alone this is something I will definitely add to my travel app musts.
I’m so glad that you find it helpful! It’s definitely changed the way that I travel and plan my itineraries!
Thanks for introducing me to this app – this is so helpful, especially for solo travellers. This is something useful to invest in.
You’re so welcome! I hope it’s as useful to your travels as it is mine! If you download it, make sure you use my code for 20 percent off 🙂
Wow, this app is so cool! Definitely going to check it out for my travels. I am always super alert, but it’s great to have real time info. (Thanks for the discount too! haha)
I love to hear that! Let me know if you have any questions along the way 🙂 Enjoy the app and the discount!
I like the idea of the real time video! That’s definitely really helpful because sometimes hotels are not as advertised.
Very true! It’s so nice to get a better lay out of things prior to arriving to avoid any surprises!
Thank you for sharing! Such a helpful app to be aware of and to leverage.
For sure! I wish I would have learned about it sooner. It’s really revolutionized the way I travel!