Archive for Travel Tips
US Department of State Assistance 15 Apr 2016
Did you know that you can register your international travel plans with the US Department of State free of charge? Benefits of enrollment include…
- Receive safety information about the countries to which you are traveling
- Help the US Embassy contact you in an emergency involving a natural disaster, civil unrest or family emergency
- Facilitate family and friends getting in touch with you in an emergency
Simply go to https://step.state.gov/step/ and enroll before your next adventure!
Plan your cash needs for foreign travel and check what the currency rate is before your travels by going to: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ (also available as a smartphone app). Other helpful apps include GlobeConvert and World Currency Converter. Your local bank will add a fee so only take enough foreign cash to handle your initial needs. Your best conversion rate is at an ATM machine at your foreign destination.
How Soon Should a Passport Be Renewed? 15 Feb 2016
The US Department of State is expecting a record number of passport requests this year – new and renewals. Processing time is currently running about six weeks. Avoid costly expedite fees and submit your renewal in plenty of time. As a reminder, more and more countries are requiring that passport expiration dates be valid for at least six months beyond your ending travel date. You can easily renew online at:
US Department of State
What Medications May Be Necessary to Travel? 15 Jan 2016
Visa requirements for a country will describe what vaccinations, if any, are required before entry. You can easily find out what vaccinations or medicine are recommended in addition to any minimum requirements for your intended destination by contacting the Center for Disease Control. Go to www.cdc.gov/travel and enter your destination(s). Allow plenty of time before you travel before you travel in case there are timing requirements.
Health Information While Traveling 15 Dec 2015
Looking for a quick source for vaccination and medicine advice while traveling abroad? Or, ever wonder what you should not eat in a foreign country? The Center for Disease Control has developed two free useful apps you may want to download on your smartphone: CDC TravWell and CDC, Can I Eat This? Feel well during your vacation!