TTT: Do your research

October 14, 2008 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Are you planning a trip to a country with which you are unfamiliar?  This Travel Tip Tuesday, I’d like to remind you to do a bit of research before you run off willy nilly.  In fact, you should do these things before you book anything non-refundable just to be sure you’re comfortable with the situation in the country you’ll be visiting.

Be sure to check out the Center for Disease Control website for Travelers’ Health.  They have a survival guide, which provides some of the most basic travel tips: (1) learn about your destination, (2) see a doctor before you go, and (3) think about your health status.  Sure, these steps aren’t necessary for every trip, but I’m certain there are folks out there who ran off to Brazil without a thought about yellow fever.

Also, check out the State Department’s travel website.  They publish travel alerts with important information, such as this bulletin about crime and violence in Mexico.  They also have travel warnings for various countries and a page on each country with helpful information such as entry requirements, safety issues, and road conditions.

Keep in mind that a high incidence of crime or violence may be a localized issue in areas tourists never go.  In those cases, you may not have anything to worry about.  Also, remember that the US is home to one of the murder capitals of the world (New Orleans), and I eagerly visit that city.  It’s important to maintain a proper perspective.

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