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Safety Tips For Traveling Abroad Getting out of the country and traveling abroad can be a fun filled, exciting experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. It can also be scary and somewhat dangerous if you do not take certain precautions. Depending on the parts of the world you are going to, more precautions may be needed to stay safe. Below, you will find a list of the safety tips you can use when traveling anywhere around the world. First and foremost, locate and map out where the U.S. Embassy is. You need to know how to get there and the hours of operation. This is the place that is going to be most helpful if you should find yourself in any sticky situations. Make copies of all of your travel documents. This includes our passport, flight information, photo ID even your birth certificate. You want to have any information that may be required to prove that you are, in fact an American citizen if you should be unfortunate enough to lose the originals. A good idea is to not only take paper copies with you, but to also have scanned copies stored in your email. This way, if the originals and the copies should get lost, you will be able to gain access to them and print them out. Do not carry large amounts of currency with you. Instead, buy traveler’s checks. It is a safer way to buy things in the different areas of the world. Keep your receipt of purchase so you have record of how much you have purchased. If possible, book a hotel room that has a safe. Use the safe to lock up your valuables, copies of your documents and an emergency credit card. The things that you want to keep safe should be locked up at all times. Granted, you should not be taking many valuables with you when you travel. Be aware of the local news. There may be certain things going on in different areas that make them places to avoid. If you are unsure of where these places are, ask the front desk or contact the local law enforcement for information. They will be able to provide you a list of the high risk areas and when it is safe to travel to those areas. Do not leave anything unattended. You never know who is watching you and it only takes a minute for someone to walk up and make something disappear. Thieves are very quick and before you know it, they could be running off with your property. Never leave home without travel insurance. Some insurance will even cover the cost of health car if you should become ill or injured while in a foreign country. You do not want to get sick and not be able to afford the care that you need. If you keep these tips in mind the next time you travel abroad, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are taking the necessary precautions to stay safe. Enjoy your travels and try to relax.

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