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Travel Tips

By: Virginia Cady

AUA Communications and Social Media Intern

“How do I stay safe while traveling abroad?” Here’s a good list of tips to keep you safe wherever your travels may take you.

1. Make sure you are up-to-date with all of your vaccines (country specific).

2. Register with the embassy so they know when you will be abroad and where.

3. Maintain awareness of your surroundings:
-note entrances and exits
-note where the police station and hospital are
-note a safe public space you can go in an emergency
-know what is going on in the country, observe local media
-know what would be considered “abnormal” in a given situation or location
-have someone in-country you can check in with and keep updated on your whereabouts
-be aware of pickpocketing, don’t keep all your valuables in one place

4. Personal Conduct:
-maintain professionalism
-don’t become so comfortable in your environment that you act recklessly
-be aware that alcohol and being out late are common factors in potentially dangerous situations
-don’t walk around in a large group

5. If you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation:
-assess what is going on
-stay calm
-get away
-check in with your contact

6. Resources
-Fact Sheet Compiled by the Peace Corps on dangerous situations while abroad. http://unofficialambassadors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Security-Incident-Facts-and-Statistics-U.S.-Peace-Corps-Volunteer-Safety-Report-2009.pdf
-The Overseas Security Advisory Council’s Travel Safety Reference Guide http://world.utexas.edu/forms/ioc/osac-travel-safety-reference.pdf
– CDC Traveler’s Health Website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

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5 comments on “Travel Tips

  1. virginiacady
    May 14, 2013

    Reblogged this on Making Sense of the World.

  2. Carissa
    May 16, 2013

    This is a pretty succint list! As some one who has been living abroad and travelling for over the last 10 years I agree with all you’ve said. Your comment about alcohol is especially true. I enjoy to drink when I am travelling, but people need to realize that alcohol impairs your common sense! http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2012/10/is-it-safe.html has some more specific tips (how to turn your bra into a money belt, what phrase you should lear before walking alone, etc.) Maybe it will be helpful to some of your readers.

  3. Thank you for the feedback Carissa, it is always useful for fellow travelers to share tips!

  4. I am truly delighted to read this weblog posts which includes tons of useful data,
    thanks for providing these kinds of statistics.

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