Travel Today Involves Safety Measures
The days of impulse traveling are over. It does seem a lot more adventurous and romantic to throw a few belongings into a bag and rush off to some exotic location. After all, books, movies and songs have all been inspired by such experiences.
Today, it is advisable to take steps before departure to ensure your receive assistance in the event of an unforeseen emergency. That rather puts a damper on all the vacation excitement but rather safe than sorry. On a brighter note, think of all the thousands of people experiencing travel without a care in the world. The steps they have taken to ensure their safety gives them peace of mind.
US travelers are given the opportunity to register with the State Department. This is a free service and it gives them the means to contact you. Reasons for contact would be a family emergency or crisis affecting your wellbeing. Your details may not be released without your permission. Register online at travelregistration.state.gov.
You must also complete the ‘emergency information page’ of your passport. Make sure your passport is valid. Your passport must be signed by you.
See that a copy of your ‘passport data page’ is kept safe by a friend or family member. It allows them to get in touch if there is an emergency.
You must travel with medical insurance even if the country you visit is Canada. It is advisable to include medical evacuation. It may cost extra but if there is a medical emergency, if necessary, you will be airlifted to the nearest medical facility or flown to one in the US. Check the details before departure.
Never forget you have to follow the laws of the country you visit. In order to avoid unknowingly breaking any laws get some background knowledge from the State Department.
When traveling, don’t look out of place by wearing expensive clothing and jewelry. Don’t carry noticeable bags, purses and big amounts of cash. You may attract criminals and don’t venture into high crime areas. Under no circumstances agree to carry packages or bags for strangers.
If you need help make contact with the nearest US Embassy. Personnel are on standby twenty four hours seven days a week to assist US citizens. See a list of US Embassies and Consulates online at travel.state.gov.
Taking such steps is not a legal requirement. However, an emergency whether small or large will be a lot easier to deal with. Rather know you have done everything possible to protect your welfare instead of having regrets. All it takes is a little time spent online gathering information and registering before you depart for an exciting travel adventure.