Before you go traveling, educate yourself on diseases and general health problems that may be common at your destination.
- STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
- For Parents Study Abroad
- Traveling Abroad: 13 Tips To Roaming Freely And Safely
- Studying Abroad – Practice Street Smarts on Vimeo
- CDC Guide for Studying Abroad
- CDC Guide for Food & Water Safety
- CDC Guide for Camping, Hiking & Travel Safety
- CDC Guide for Avoiding Bug Bites
- Cultural Etiquette Around the World
- Make sure someone knows your itinerary & keep him/her posted on social media.
- Do not keep your credit cards and cash in the same place. Keep some in your luggage, some in your wallet, and some in a hotel safe (if available).
- Do not take shortcuts! Stick to the well-lit and populated streets you know. Download a travel guide, like the app mTrip (it works offline!), to keep you on the straight and narrow.
- Only use official taxis, and do not share one with a stranger!
- Avoid PDAs (Public Displays of Affluence). Don’t flaunt jewelry, expensive gear (like cameras), or cash.
- Stay alert in crowded areas, and hold on to your zipped bags at all times!
- Give it up! If you are mugged, just give up your possessions. It’s better than risking your life.
- If you’re adventuring, make sure your guide has a license, legitimate qualifications, and a good safety record.
- Do not pet stray animals or feed the monkeys. They may be cute, but they also may have rabies and large teeth!
Sources: LonelyPlanet.com, GoOverseas.com
Basic travel policies should include coverage of:
- Flight delays/disruptions
- Lost/stolen luggage
- Basic medical expenses (evacuation & emergency treatment of injuries/illness)
Based on your itinerary and current health, make sure your plan also covers:
- Injuries from sport/adventure activities
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- Injuries obtained while under the influence of alcohol
- Cancellation for any reason
Find out what the claims process is and how to contact the provider while abroad.