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General Tips for Traveling Abroad

If you are considering a trip abroad, here are some general tips for your health and safety.

Before you leave

Before you depart from your home country, take the time to learn about your destination. Check to see if your country has an embassy or consulate in your destination and know where it is located.

Do some research

Go to the U.S. Department of State’s official website, Travel.State.Gov You will be able to find travel advisory information for every country of the world and contact information for the closest U.S. embassy and/or consulate. There will also be information about visa requirements, safety and security conditions, crime, health, and medical considerations, local laws, areas to avoid, and more.

Most foreign countries require a valid passport to enter and leave. In some countries, women are required to have a male escort to leave a country.

Pack Accordingly

Be aware of the different local laws and customs regarding clothing and appearance.  For example, what you wear in a mall in Mexico might not be acceptable in a mall in the United Arab Emirates.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Pay attention to local laws and customs because they can be quite different from the United States, especially if you intend to travel alone. Avoid dark, isolated areas at night.

Also, public transportation varies from country to country and so do their methods of safety. In many places, informal taxis or mini-buses pose particular threats to people unfamiliar with the local conditions, especially to women traveling alone.

You should try to find out what is and what isn’t safe from reliable sources, such as local authorities or tourism officials.

Create Safe-Zone Boundaries

You DO NOT have to be overly polite if you are bothered by someone.  You DO NEED to be cautious when sharing information about your plans and itinerary with strangers.  While it may seem rude to be unfriendly to a stranger, creating boundaries to protect yourself is important.

You SHOULD use your facial expressions, body language, and a firm voice to fend off unwanted attention.




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