International Travel Tips
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Here is some of what you should know:
As with most travel, preparation before the trip will make for a better and safer trip. This is particularly true of international travel.
- Losing your travel documents, or even having them stolen, happens. Copies of your itinerary, visa and passport should be left with someone at your home and office.
- Having a “country profile” beforehand can make you a better informed, wiser traveler. They
offer data on everything from food to area customs to weather to the political climate. Ask your representative at Safe Harbors Business Travel.
- Every country has items that are prohibited for travelers. Know them before you go. It’s always a
good idea to plan on having your luggage searched.
- Don’t drop your guard when heading to your room. Loiterers around your room or on your hotel floor should be reported to the front desk.
- Do not swap or sell any personal effects, such as jewelry or religious items, in
countries where it is illegal to do so.
- Different countries have different rules about taking pictures of certain government buildings, border areas and/or military bases. Err on the side of caution.
- The people of some countries can demonstrate various levels of hostility towards Americans. In those countries, try to avoid places that may have been previously attacked or where large groups of Americans gather.
- Always carry a fully-charged phone and learn the locations of the your passport country.
- Going out? Inform someone in your group where you are going and when you expect to return.
Give them your phone number, and text them frequently on where you are.