- Posted August 14, 2013 by
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100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips
Take the Extra Step to a Safe Trip
Know the safety programs of your country.
Having worked for the American Embassy for many years, I am aware of the U.S. government’s safety programs for U.S. citizens.
The State Department has a program called “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.” It is a free online service for citizens who are traveling to or living in a foreign country. This program allows the State Department to contact the traveler when there is a family emergency in the US or if there is a crisis in the country where the person is traveling. To American citizens, take advantage of this program.
Also, prior to your departure, check the website of your embassy or consulate for information on travel warnings of the country where you are traveling. It is a way to know the places that are not safe, and you can get more information on how to travel safe abroad.
This tip is not just for American citizens. Other countries have similar safety programs for their citizens. Do some research to find out what your government offers to citizens traveling abroad.
In case medical emergency, robbery or other crime situations happen to us during our travel, our embassy will help us deal with the situation.
I believe, taking this extra step is a guide to a safe, smart and stress-free travel.
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