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Traveling has always been my favorite thing to do. As of lately, however, I’ve realized that my bucket list is getting smaller and smaller by the day. As an avid traveler, this can be very disheartening. As a Travelpreneur, it’s my job to make sure that people are safe when they are exploring other places.

Travel has become one of the biggest, trendiest “musts,” and continues to rise and piquing the interest of many. It’s an amazing and therapeutic way to experience other cultures, taste their native flavors – while gaining real-life exposure to anything outside of the everyday norm. Travel connects the dots and exposes the myths while allowing us to indulge in rewarding, first-hand moments that last a lifetime. But, it’s not always glitz and glam. It can be just as dangerous, as it is amazing.

You should be aware of what documents you will need when visiting abroad; like, what to do in case of an emergency – such as a lost or stolen passport – or illness. Be sure that you opt-in for traveler’s insurance when purchasing your itinerary Β – for added security & protection. Make sure you educate yourself on the policy – as most travel insurance companies operate on the expectation of reimbursing you for your upfront expenses.

I encourage you to check out the U.S. Passports & Β International Travel‘s site, which is loaded with information that EVERY TRAVELER SHOULD KNOW! It gives you information about your passport, visas, what you need to know before you go and the countries you plan to visit. Most importantly, it has a list of Travel Alerts & Warnings.

Worldwide Caution!

This list continues to grow, as our nations rise up to combat and expose the various injustices that exist around the world. Terrorism and racism are the two main culprits that pose a threat to traveling, in additions to high crimes, like drugs and trafficking. Once again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to do your research before venturing into a new territory. Be aware of what’s going on in your destination of interests.

I strongly recommend travelers to enroll in STEP (Smart Travelers Enrollment Program) to receive security alerts, while making it easy to locate you in case of an emergency.

The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.”

My advice to you all! Nowhere in this world is able to guarantee our safety. But, we must always be mindful of our surroundings. Please be sure to have a plan – as those who fail to plan, plan to fail!

 

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Blogger-in-Chic, Travelpreneur at Queens of Virtue
Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul'U'tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys.

Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe - where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities - abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds...sit back and relax, as queens don't catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships - in beautiful style!
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Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul’U’tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys.

Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe – where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities – abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds…sit back and relax, as queens don’t catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships – in beautiful style!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    STEP sounds like a great service. We travel as often as we can, and I had no idea that so many areas were on a watch list or were dangerous in some way. Thanks!

    • I agree. There are so many destinations on this list! But its very important to check it before we travel πŸ™‚

  • I have only been out of the country once in the past twenty years. This is great information for me to use in the future, as we have plans to travel internationally in two years.

    • I am happy that you will be journeying international! I love travel!

  • http://tiarastantrums.com

    My husband and I used to travel quite a bit before kids, and even when our kids were much younger, we did travel still quite a bit. Now that the kiddos are a bit older, it is more difficult with school and activity schedules. I do think travel precautions and cautionary risks are so much different in the past decade!

    • Precaution and prevention are the key to travel safety! Know, before you go πŸ™‚

  • I’m not quite sure that I would travel to anywhere with a travel ban. I usually err on the side of caution, and any place that would be ify I wouldn’t travel too.

    • I agree. If it’s fully banned, then stay away to avoid any issues…especially with being able to come back πŸ™‚

  • STEP sounds like an amazing service. Traveling can be so much fun but it can be difficult to know what areas that could be dangerous, or what to watch for. This is great. Thank you so much.

    • You’re welcome! Just remember, safety first! Traveling is so much fun, just be prepared always!

  • Seriously STEP is a MUST for anyone traveling these days! I love your first tip as well to photograph all documents!

    • Thank you! It’s just the simple things that can save you tons of headache! πŸ™‚

  • I had no idea about STEP but this sounds like a great tool/service to have while on your travels! Gotta pass this info along to a few of my friends who are avid travellers.

    • Thank you for stopping bye! I am happy you liked it and plan to share! I appreciate you πŸ™‚

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    Great tips for travelers. We are headed out of the country in October I am going to check out the STEP info you provided. sounds great. We always take photos of our documents as well.

    • STEP is very important to traveling! I am happy to help πŸ™‚

  • Tiffany Andry

    I will definitely be checking out the STEP program. Thanks for the good information.

  • Claudia Krusch

    It is a great idea to take photos of your passport and travel documents with your cell phone. I have a few friends that are planning on going on their first trip this winter. I will have to share this with them.

    • Thank you! I am happy to help! I appreciate you passing on the information πŸ™‚

  • Nadeen

    Great advice! I always enroll in STEP and check for travel warnings to where Im traveling!

    • I am happy you use STEP! I am all about planning and preventing mishaps πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    That is a great tip! I never thought of emailing myself the data. I am always so fearful that I’ll lose my passport and be stuck!

    • I agree about being uneasy about losing your important documents! Happy I can help πŸ™‚

  • Rachelle Gordon

    Great tips. I think that it is always important to scan our travel documents and keep electronic copies. I always give my friends, family, and boss copies of everything so they not only know where I’m going, but that they can be a resource when I need them. Thanks for the links too!

    • This tip is so important! It will avoid a lot of headache! You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  • Great tips. Travel insurance and enrolling in STEP are my two must-dos. I have an annual policy for peace of mind. It may be most cost effective for frequent travelers.

    • Definitely travel insurance! I am happy you know what’s important, I love it!

  • Kathleen @AnyTots

    I didn’t know about STEP until today. Thanks for the information. I want to visit Japan and Korea next year.

    • I also want to visit Japan and Korea…Asia on a whole! You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

  • Chloe

    It makes me a little sad that there are so many risks to travel now. These sorts of sites are SO important though to find out all the necessary details before you go. Hopefully one day we all will be able to travel anywhere, risk free!

    • I also dream of a day when we can truly be free to travel anywhere, without risk! You are so right!

  • This is such a good reminder for all of us who travel often or even those who are traveling for the first time. I always keep a picture of my passport, copies in your email is definitely a must! There are things that we really need to be aware of before we travel and that’s why research is also key.

    • I agree. With the current state of travel, it pays to be sure you have everything you need, easily accessible! I am happy you utilize the tips πŸ™‚

  • I hate that there are places with travel bans. I would love to travel all over the world free and uninhibited!! It is super smart to check with these websites and do everything you can to protect yourself while you travel. Great advice girl!!

    • Despite the fact that we are restricted, I am more sad that there exist a need to be! But these sites are truly important! Thanks for liking the tips, I appreciate you so much πŸ™‚

  • Melissa Dixon

    It can be so stressful and confusing to travel internationally as it is so this really can make things even more complicated. I am glad that there is information out there to help the confused people such as myself. Although I have never wanted to leave the country you never know what may pop up.

    • Absolutely! You might not want to leave, but a need can always arise out of no where and it pays to be cautious and safe!

  • Nikki

    I didn’t realize that our list of places to avoid traveling to had grown so large. It’s definitely important to know which places are on the list before you leave. Even if you’re going to a “safe” area, with so many countries so close together, it’s too easy to accidentally venture into a not so safe place. I also like your idea of taking a pic of your passport and emailing it to yourself!

    • Thanks Nikki, and I agree…neighboring areas can prove problematic, as nothing is guaranteed “safe.”

  • Never heard of STEP before until now and enrolling in it would be a smart thing to do. It’s sad that there are many crimes today to the point that we have to take extra precautionary measures to be safe.

    • STEP is an awesome innovation! I agree, it is so sad that we have to be cautious because crime continues to ruin lives!

  • Kathy

    Great info to know. I don’t really travel much, but I wish I could. It’s good to know more about traveling though.

    • Hi Kathy,
      I am happy you like the feature! You really should consider adding travel to your life, as it is such an awesome experience! It’s not for everyone however, so I highly recommend you start slow…but be warned, its addictive πŸ™‚

  • Karlyn Cruz

    Wow! This is such a good post. People take for granted what could happen in a foreign country and it’s always so good to be prepared. I hate that we have to go through such a process just to travel but I would also rather be safe. It’s good to know our rights and what can happen in case certain situations occur.

    • Kalyn, I agree with you 100%. Despite the sadness that we have some place that engage in bad tourism, it great to know that tips like these are in our corner πŸ™‚

  • This is such a relevant and helpful post especially that a lot of people are more into traveling . I’ll surely be taking note of your tips too! I bet it will help others too!

  • Jay Colby

    Thanks for sharing this information. It crazy how so many things have changed when it comes to traveling to different countries.

    • Your welcome Jay. Crazy is an understatement, but being informed and aware, helps prevent the possibility of mishaps πŸ™‚

    • Travel is always in a state of change. Let’s hope it changes in more positive directions πŸ™‚

  • Tracey Crockett

    Great information to help people stay safe while traveling. I can attest to STEP working and encourage others to enroll in it. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Glimpses of The World

    Nice info, some of these things are essential for travelers. It’s great that you’ve put them in one place, makes it easier for people to find them. Better to be safe than sorry, right! πŸ™‚

  • It is such a shame that all these restrictions are in place but it is important to be safe when traveling to other countries. People don’t understand the importance of travel insurance and letting the US Embassy know where you are. Great tips.

  • Adriana

    This is great information! It’s a scary time around the world, but traveling is definitely important for so many reasons. Very informative – great info for traveling abroad!

  • I had never heard of the STEP resource. Thanks for telling about it!

  • This is such wonderful information! Last year my best friend’s daughter was in Spain and her pure was stolen. You guessed it, all of her important documents were in it. If they would have researched ahead of time what to do, it would have made it less of a scramble in the moment. x

  • Adaleta Avdic

    THis is very useful info, it can be so confusing travelling especially now with bans and regulations.

  • Kasi Perkins

    These are such great tips, thanks for sharing! I will definitely make sure to incorporate them on my next trip abroad.

  • Leigh Candice Dorkin

    I had no idea that there was even such a thing! I always worry about which country is safe to visit etc. Will definitely look into this!

  • Lynn Dee

    I agree, we should always be mindful of our surroundings. Hubby always check the state dept for travel warnings and other info before we travel.

  • Thank you for the tips. Though I travel to Japan constatntly I still forget that a check-up before boarding would be a fairly good and reasonable practice for staying aware and most of all staying safe. Thank you for the reminder <3

  • Gabriel Bregg

    As we used to say in the Army, stay alert, stay alive – always be aware of your surroundings. As you say, have a plan, and a backup plan for your plan.

  • Tatanisha Worthey

    THANK YOU! I want to do some international traveling, but with all that’s going on around us, I’ve hesitated. These are excellent tips, especially taking a photo of your passport and other docs and emailing them to yourself; as well as setting up for security alerts. Thank you for sharing these valuable tips.

  • This is great information. It’s easy to plan a trip without caution, but it can be dangerous to do that.

  • Seeking Neverland

    Very informative. I actually never knew about STEP. Will need to sign up for this asap.

  • Thank you for the tips. I dont plan to travel out of the US until Trump is out of office. Too much of a risk.

  • Claire

    Very useful information but don’t let fear stop you from travelling! I just returned from Turkey and it was amazing πŸ™‚