How to Travel Abroad without Getting Arrested, Kidnapped, or Killed

How to Travel Abroad without Getting Arrested, Kidnapped, or Killed


How to Travel Internationally without Getting
Arrested, Kidnapped, or Killed. The world can be a dangerous place. Follow these tips
to stay safe and sound. You will need Internet access Knowledge of foreign laws Partner and
common sense. Step 1. Avoid countries listed under the State Department’s current travel
warnings, and steer clear of pirate-infested waters. Go to travel.state.gov for more information.
Register your itinerary at the State Department’s website so the embassies or consulates of
the countries you are visiting can contact you in case of an emergency. Step 2. Research
the country you plan to visit by studying its tourism site and paying special attention
to any advisories. Also check out online travel forums to find out about laws and crime trends
you may be unfamiliar with. Step 3. Don’t look valuable. Dress down, travel light, and
carry just one or two credit or bank cards. Consider using a money belt or neck wallet
to store important documents, and never carry more cash than you need. For extra safety,
put a decoy wallet with a little cash in your back pocket. Take note of your credit card
limit. In some countries, exceeding your limit is a criminal offense. Step 4. Stay safe on
when traveling within a country by riding public transportation with a partner when
possible and hailing only clearly marked taxis. On overnight trains sleep in shifts to avoid
theft or assault, and on buses sit up front, near the driver. Step 5. Be aware of those
around you. If you suspect you’re being followed, circle random blocks and frequently check
behind you; if you’re being tailed, contact the authorities immediately or head directly
to a police station or a U.S. embassy or consulate. Step 6. Never use or carry illegal drugs in
a foreign country. For a complete list of drug laws, contact the country’s embassy in
the U.S. before your trip. Step 7. Use common sense. Maintain a low profile, respect local
customs, and always carry contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates. Most importantly,
never engage in risky behavior that wouldn’t be acceptable back home. Now bon voyage, and
be safe! Did you know More than one-third of all Americans incarcerated abroad are held
on drug charges.

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