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Safe Traveling

Traveling both in the US and internationally presents some increased safety issues for vacationers to be aware of. The main cause for concern is that travelers aren't familiar with the city or town they're visiting and don't know which unsafe areas to avoid. Travelers can also fall prey to those looking to steal money and personal items. When you look like a traveler it's assumed you may have more cash on you than others and thieves are more likely to pinpoint a tourist than a local.

When traveling, keep your appearance on the down-low. Avoid the camera around the neck, big, shiny jewelry, a map in hand and an overall a-typical travelers appearance. Avoid wearing flashy clothes that will have people looking your way. Don't keep large wads of money in your pocket that you pull out at each stop. This can quickly draw the attention of a would be thief. Cameras are much smaller today and can easily be kept in a pocket or purse. Maps can also be maintained on a smart phone or stored in a pocket. Many people use money belts to store cash in while moving about an unfamiliar city.

Medical Needs
Should the inevitable occur it's important to think about your medical safety. Medical standards vary greatly from those in the US and can mean life or death for many. Be sure and confirm that your existing medical insurance will properly cover your needs in a foreign country or purchase additional insurance for the trip. Many country's hospitals refuse to treat a patient if, even if they are seriously sick or injured, if they don't have proper medical insurance.

Emergency Evacuation
Depending on where you're traveling and your health history you might consider getting emergency evacuation insurance. This insurance covers the cost of retrieving you from one country to send you to the next closest country, with modern medical equipment and training, should you be seriously injured or sick.

Many travelers find that credit cards are a safe way to pay for many expenses while traveling. However, keep in mind that most but not all credit cards can be used out of the country. Call ahead to make sure you can use your credit card, wherever your travels take you, without being declined. Having some local currency is also smart should you want to take a taxi or buy something from a street vendor - just be sure not to flash a large stash of money while exploring a new city. Travelers checks have lost some of their glitz and glamour but are still a viable method for transporting cash overseas. Be sure and calculate your anticipated expenses, prior to leaving, and add 20% - 25% for safe measure.

Familiarize yourself with any local customs to avoid a potential nightmare. Many websites exist that allow you to quickly identify what you should and should not say or do in a specific country and what areas to avoid.

Iranians buy Turkish homes and passports

Rising numbers of Iranians are using a sanctions-busting scheme to buy property in Turkey and claim citizenship.Using a network of money transfer offices, mostly in Istanbul, they are able to move ...

Published:  Sun, 29 Mar 2020 16:00:00 GMT

In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports

Faced with the cancellation of her book tour, a writer turns to books that evoke a sense of place - and recommends 8 books that might take you somewhere, too.

Published:  Fri, 27 Mar 2020 02:29:00 GMT

"Immunity passports' for Germans free of virus

When a 33-year-old Bavarian came down with a sore throat, cough and 39C fever at the end of January, he thought little of it: his symptoms soon passed and he returned to work at Webasto, a ...

Published:  Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:16:00 GMT

COVID-19: Passports of 991 returnees under home quarantine seized by Rachakonda police

The Rachakonda police have till date seized the passports of 991 foreign-returnees, who are under home quarantine.

Published:  Sun, 29 Mar 2020 22:28:00 GMT

Golden visas and passports still widespread in Europe, study finds

Citizenship and residence-for-pay schemes continue to be widespread across the EU, according to a new report, which calls on the European Commission to propose EU-wide rules to phase out golden ...

Published:  Sun, 29 Mar 2020 08:47:00 GMT

Gang that sent Indians to U.K. on bogus passports busted

Crime Branch nabs three accused after couple that paid them a30 lakh to obtain fake documents spill the beans at airport At least 10 to 15 Indian nationals who are settled in the United Kingdom ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Mar 2020 13:53:00 GMT

British passports: What to do if you need a new passport during coronavirus travel ban

CORONAVIRUS has left many Britons wondering what the future has in store for them. But while holiday plans are put on hold, can Britons still apply for a passport?

Published:  Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:20:00 GMT

Pitts: Viruses do not carry passports.

By Leonard Pitts ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Mar 2020 21:04:00 GMT

Yao Ming and Kris Wu not Chinese? Online witch hunt of Chinese celebrities with foreign passports

She has already given up her Chinese identity and her motherland, she has no right to come back [to make money]." The frenzy to catch out mainland stars for holding foreign passports can be traced to ...

Published:  Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:00:00 GMT

Bangladesh stops receiving applications for new passports amid virus spread

"To get a new passport, the applicant must provide fingerprints. It is quite risky under the present circumstances. Therefore, we stopped receiving applications for new passports. We'll resume the ...

Published:  Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:50:00 GMT

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