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How to Stay Safe While Traveling Abroad


Traveling abroad is an exciting way to explore the world, have new adventures, and experiences, but what happens if things go wrong? Check out these safety tips for traveling abroad.

Scenery of a village in France

Exploring new cultures, trying different cuisines, and meeting new people can be a life-changing experience. However, it is important to remember that traveling abroad can also be risky. Keep these tips in mind to prepare for your travels abroad and to prevent issues that might arise.

  1. Lost or Stolen Passport

    Losing your passport while traveling abroad can be a stressful and a frustrating experience. You will have to replace your passport before you are able to return back to the United States. You will have to apply for your new passport in person. To do this, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance. Ask to speak to a Consular Section to report your passport lost or stolen. If you are planning to leave the foreign country you’re visiting shortly, provide the U.S. embassy with your travel details and they’ll try to help you as quickly as possible.
  2. Prepare for Emergencies

    In the unfortunate event of an emergency, make sure you know the local emergency phone numbers or police station. Keep a list of important contact numbers, such as your embassy or consulate, your bank, and your credit card company, in case you need to report a lost or stolen card.
  3. Make Copies of Your Travel Documents

    Consider making copies of your passport and storing them in different places, either in your luggage or with a trusted friend or family member back home. In case of theft or loss, having a copy of your passport can make it easier to obtain a replacement.
  4. Card Lock

    Traveling can be an exciting and adventurous experience, but it’s important to keep your belongings, including your credit and debit cards safe. To do this, use Central Bank’s Card Lock Feature. This allows you to temporarily block your cards from being used in case they get lost or stolen.

    While Card Lock can help prevent unauthorized use of your cards, it's still important to regularly monitor your accounts for suspicious activity. If you notice any unauthorized transactions, report them to your bank immediately.
  5. Trusted Traveler Enrollment Program

    Consider enrolling in the Trust Traveler Enrollment Program to enjoy the benefits of expedited security and border control. Plus, you can save time and hassle by not having to wait in long airport lines!
  6. Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is an important consideration for anyone planning a trip abroad. From unexpected flight cancellations to medical emergencies, travel insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection.

    When shopping for travel insurance, consider the specific needs of your trip and choose a policy that offers the right level of coverage.
  7. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

    Whether you're exploring a new city or lounging on a beach, it's important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Stay in well-lit areas, avoid dark alleys, and don't wander off into unknown areas alone. Be cautious when interacting with strangers, and avoid sharing personal information with people you don't know well.
  8. Stay Connected to Loved Ones Back Home

    Be sure to share your travel plans with a trusted family member or friend, and keep in touch on how things are going. Cell phone service can be spotty or unavailable depending on where you’re going, so you may consider purchasing an international phone plan for your trip, or using secure wifi to stay connected.

Vacations are for reducing stress, not adding it. With a little preparation, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your trip and create lasting memories. If you want help with your travel plans, contact Central Travel for assistance with all aspects of your trip.

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