If I have talked about safety while traveling… it hasn’t been in a while. It’s a topic I’m sure I’ll write about over and over during our journey together, because I feel so strongly about it. In fact, most of my co-workers feel just as strongly as I do about it. For example, this weekend I was speaking with a woman about going to Europe. Traveling in Europe is just like traveling in the US. Easy to get around, fun, and for the most part… safe. But there are always things to be aware of. You wouldn’t go to downtown to Miami or to Detroit without being a little extra vigilant… Right? Neither should you travel abroad without the same level of vigilance!
Your best friend and strongest ally when traveling is actually the State Department. The place to locate all information related to the State Department is www.state.gov/travel. If there is trouble in a country, they are going to warn you before you even go. If there is a State Department warning… don’t go. Their goal with these warnings is to keep you safe.
Also important for keeping you save while you are on the move: the State Department has the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
|Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)|
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Feel a bit like “big brother is watching”? Well, he is. But in this case he is watching out for your safety. This way if there is trouble where you are staying, there is someone who knows where you are and can reach you with emergency safety procedures.
If you are in need of reaching help, call the Overseas Citizens Services
CONTACT OVERSEAS CITIZENS SERVICES:
From within the U.S. 1-888-407-4747
From outside the U.S. 1-202-501-4444
Life is about experiences, good and bad. Do what you can to keep your experiences good.