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Safety Tips for Students Traveling Abroad

For students who are traveling abroad or with a pack, here are some safety tips you should always follow.
First, register with the state. This is always a good idea no matter where you are traveling. There is a small applicable fee that applies to this, but in case of an emergency your family will be notified. The state in which you are traveling to will then have your information and it will allow everyone you have listed on you emergency information to be notified in a timely manner. To register your information log on to www.travelregistration.state.gov . As students try to plan their senior class graduation trips they should make sure that they consider the following tips as they plan their trip. It is really important that they plan their trip carefully to avoid an discomfort during their trip.

Next, be sure your passport is signed and the emergency information is correct and completely filled out. This will be beneficial if you are in an emergency and your family will be notified in a timely manner.

Always leave your itinery and passport information with your family and friends. In case they don’t hear from you within a few days, they will have a general idea of the location you were at last and where you should be heading.

Check with your medical insurance company regarding over seas coverage. Some insurance companies don’t cover over seas accidents and provide no coverage.

Familiarize yourself of the local conditions and laws of where you are traveling to. Keeping yourself up to date on the conditions and the laws of the region your traveling to is a safe and smart thing to do. That way you know if you are going into a violent territory or if it is safe.

Avoid being targeted for crimes by not wearing conspicuous clothing or jewelry. The more you don’t look like a tourist the lesser it is easy for you to be targeted for theft. Avoid excessive amounts of money and never leave your luggage unattended in a public place. These simple steps might save you from being a victim of theft.

If an emergency does occur, contact the US embassy as soon as possible. They will be able to help you in any emergency.

Females should look at the religious laws that are followed in other countries. Doing so can avoid a confrontation or jail time. Some countries have strict religious laws. Like wearing a scarf, no pants, showing of no hair or facial features.

Carrying a pocket map of the area you are in is a way to avoid getting lost. Never travel alone if it is possible. If you do travel alone, you are more likely to be a target of crime.

Helping people can sometimes turn out to be the worst thing possible. Helping others may lead to a crime. Depending upon if the person really needs help. Some people try these scams on tourists to steal from them. Picket pocking is the worst world wide spread crime.

Following these simple steps with ensure your safety while traveling. Please follow them and you should have a wonderful experience you will never forget.

Paola

Paola Garcia lives in Jakarta Indonesia. She is an associate professor in University of Indonesia and also managing Scoopinion at the same time. She is also fond of watching theatrical plays.

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