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Tips and Tricks for a Safer Journey

I was recently pick-pocketed while traveling.  While this was a relatively minor occurrence, and mostly a nuisance, it made me think about travel safety as a topic for this month’s blog.  Recent events such as the Berlin Christmas market attack have made travel security a top priority for many people planning a trip.  Many people now have anxieties about destinations that were always considered safe.  A common question we are asked is, how can we help make travel safer?  There are some of things travelers can do to make it less dangerous.  These simple tips and tricks can help you prepare and avoid problems should the unexpected happen.   Register Travel with Government Agency No one expects to experience a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other emergency while they’re abroad. But if you do, you’ll want to be prepared. American travelers can enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before you leave, and the nearest U.S. Embassy will easily be able to find and help you if something bad happens.  The enrollment form can be found here.  Canada also has an enrollment program here.   Leave an Itinerary of Your plans with Loved Ones It may seem like common sense, but it is important that someone knows your general whereabouts.  You should leave an itinerary with a trusted friend or family member back home. That way, if you do not return, they will know exactly where to begin the search.  Without this information, investigators are left trying to piece together your steps through social media postings, etc.  Be sure to include flight and hotel details and...

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