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“ALL ABOARD” No matter if you are on the Orient Express, at the bow of a ship with a man that wants to be “King of the World” or in a cab trying to get from the air port to the conference center, you are a traveler.  So buckle your seat belts for some timely tips for a safe and happy excision.

Safety begins when you pack, did you know that?  To avoid being a target, don’t bring expensive (or expensive looking) jewelry or family air looms that you can’t replace.  Pack a purse with a strong leather bag that you can wear across you chest.  I know this might be the fashion statement you want to make but your passport, credit cards and other valuable documents are safest when carried this way. Naturally when you are at your hotel, the best place to store valuables is in the hotel safe.

 Use a covered bag tag to conceal your identity from strangers and mark your bags with a ribbon to make it easier to locate among the hundreds of other bags at baggage claim. Leave a copy of your itinerary  with a family member or friend in case they need to contact you. In addition, make photocopies of your passport identification page, airline tickets, drivers license and credit card, and traveler check numbers and leave with a family member or friend.  I suggest you take only ONE credit card and be sure that you know your balance.  In some countries Americans have been jailed for not being able to pay a bill because there credit card was over the limit.  

Precautions to take when traveling abroad.

When you leave the United States, you are subject to the laws of the country (or countries) you are visiting.  Before you leave home, learn as much as you can about the local laws and customs of the places you plan to visit.  A good source is the library, your travel agent, the embassies or tourist bureau of your destination. The Department of State’s Country Specific Information post warnings for American travelers that travel in a particular county is not safe. You can check out the list on the REALLY don’t want to go to one the countries on that list. As soon as you get to your hotel, ask your concierge for the location of the American Embassy or Consulate just in case of emergency.  Naturally it is a good idea to stay clear of public demonstrations or other civil disturbances when over seas.
Keep all medicines in their original container. If your medicine is unusual or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting to your need for the drug.
In some countries, Americans are perceived to be easy targets, so don’t travel alone, beware of scam artist and pick pockets, do not flash a large amount of cash, and do not discuss your travel plans with a total stranger.  Your concierge is the best source of information about must see places and the spots to avoid.  

Remember you are a guest in the country your are traveling  so honor their customs, enjoy their beauty, and use these safety tips and you will truly have a great time.



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