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Overseas Travel Tips

Are you planning on traveling overseas in the near future? You might assume that knowing a few key phrases of the language for the country you are traveling to might be enough. However, have you ever thought about the need for an emergency physician referral or a much-needed up-to-the minute alert on a local epidemic or a security threat? These are real issues that could happen to you and as the old saying goes: " It's better to be safe than sorry". To ensure a safe trip overseas, take a look at these safety tips.

Get a Country Risk Assessment. You should get a Country Risk Assessment for the countries you will be visiting by going to
the U.S. State Department website. According to the State Department, Travel Warnings are issued "when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country." A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's "ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff".

Sign up for the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. You can sign up for the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program here. By signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, formerly known as "Travel
Registration" or "Registration with Embassies" you will be able to receive the latest travel updates and information. Also, if you need help, the State Department can better assist you in an emergency if you advise them what your travel plans are here. Signing up will help the State Department contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis in the country to which you are traveling.

Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs. You should familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of the countries you will be visiting as you are expected to obey the laws of the countries you are visiting. This may include any of the following: dress standards, photography restrictions, telecommunication restrictions, curfews, etc. Also, keep in mind that in some countries it is against the law to speak derogatorily of the government and its leaders.

Protect your passport. Theft of American tourist passports continues to be on the rise. To help prevent your passport from being stolen you should carry your passport in a front pants pocket or in a pouch hidden in your clothes. You should also make a photocopy of your passport and keep it in your hotel safe. If your passport does get stolen you will at least have a copy of it which has your Passport Number, Issue Date, etc.

Get a Travel Insurance Policy. Travel Insurance can help you with a number of items such as: airline strikes, medical emergencies, legal referrals, emergency cash, transfer assistance, language interpretation assistance, and much more. For a list of the top Travel Insurance companies, visit ManagingMoney.com.

To ensure an exhilarating, yet safe trip, be prepared for the unexpected by considering the above mentioned overseas travel tips. You'll be glad you did!

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