Are you nervous about traveling to a foreign country or even to another state? Are you unsure whether you would encounter a language barrier in a foreign country? Do you wish someone would tell you what precautions you should take when traveling to a foreign country?
I am here to help! In this newsletter I am going to give you some amazing advice, as well as some great advice from other travel agents as to which precautions to take when traveling to a foreign country.
- It is highly recommended that all travelers purchase travel insurance to protect themselves if they become ill or injured, particularly in a foreign country and require medical treatment and/or evacuation.
- To maximize one’s personal safety and security while traveling in international destination:
- Follow your instincts and avoid any areas or situations that seem as though they could become dangerous.
- Stay in the well-known tourist areas of the cities.
- Know and respect the laws in the country you are visiting.
- Visit only legitimate businesses and tourist areas, and avoid areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur.
- Leave your itinerary with a friend or family member back home.
- Check with your cell phone provider prior to departure to see if your phone is capable of roaming on GSM or 3G/4G international networks.
- Do not display expensive looking jewelry, large amounts of money or other valuable items.
- Make sure to have a charged cellphone and fully charged power block with you at all times.
- Know where your exits are in case you would have to get out in an emergency.
- Make every attempt to travel during daylight hours and stick to main roads.
- Additional precautions travelers can take, just as they would at home, include:
- Have someone you trust with you.
- If something seems suspicious, remove yourself from that situation.
- Be a good citizen. If you see a fellow traveler needing assistance don’t be afraid to help.
- If traveling with children, be sure to keep an eye on them at all times, especially near water as the resorts do not offer lifeguards.
- We recommend that U.S. citizens follow the advice of the State Department and register their travel plans at https://step.state.gov. This will help the State Department contact travelers if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or in the event an emergency transpires in the place where the individual is traveling.
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