Safe Travel Abroad
Note: For your safety, please review the following tips:
- Use common sense abroad, just as you would at home.
- Learn about local rules and obey them.
- Carry travelers checks instead of a lot of cash.
- Do not flash large amounts of cash when paying bills.
- Be sure your credit card is given back after each transaction.
- Be sure you receive a “claim check” for each piece of luggage you check-in.
- Conceal your money, travelers checks, passport, and other valuables.
- Do not leave bags unattended in public places. Traveling light will help.
- Women should carry handbags in a secure manner to prevent “snatch” theft.
- Be wary of con artists. They exist around the world.
- Keep hotel and car keys with you.
- Be alert to street gangs in big cities abroad.
- If confronted by a superior threat, don’t fight attackers – give up valuables.
- Report any loss or theft to the police or other appropriate authorities.
- Report any loss of your passport to your nearest Embassy or Consulate.
- Keep a low profile. Dress and behave conservatively, avoiding flashy dress.
- Be polite and low-key. Avoid loud conversations and arguments.
- Avoid dangerous areas. Do not use short cuts, narrow alleys, poorly lit streets.
- Do not give your room number to persons you do not know well. Meet in lobby.
- Remember, you are in a foreign country and subject to the laws of that country.
- Penalties for drug violations are very severe in many foreign countries.
- Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money, buy tickets, etc.
- Avoid taking pictures of military personnel, police, or any military installations.
- Book hotel rooms between the 2nd – 7th floors to prevent easy entrance.
- Know the fire exit in your hotel.
- Learn some of the local language so you can obtain help if needed.
- Contact your Embassy if you get in any trouble.
Smart Travel Guidance
U.S. Embassies and Consulates
U.S. State Dept Travel Warning
Center For Disease Control
Medical Clinic (Barcelona, Spain)
Medical Clinic (Hospital Care) Italy
NOTE: See other sections for more useful web-Links.