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 – 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 & 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.
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!
Queens of Virtue