THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT has issued a Travel Warning for travel to Europe.
Travel agents are upset because some potential travelers will vacation in America rather than go overseas. (I guess they make a higher profit on overseas trips.)
Aside from “Seeing America First” being both a good and a patriotic idea, an overseas travel warning must be a way of life for travelers, especially those heading to places where anti-terrorism efforts are less than the best.
- The most dangerous parts of my flights to Israel — where terrorism threats are taken seriously — is the change of planes in either a U.S. or European airport.
AS A RETIRED Enterprise Risk Management practitioner, I think travel warnings ought to be on-going. Most — albeit never “all” — travel incidents can be avoided by using common sense and heeding the warnings of experienced travelers.
The State Department has a plethora of Internet-based information, including:
There are a number of web sites that offer good to excellent information for travelers. Much of the advice can apply to travel at home as well as overseas. A list of these sites is given below the black line.
Several lists made a point that when visiting a country or location with strict religious rules to (a) know the rules and dress code (especially for women), (b) dress appropriately, and (c) respect the rules. In other words, don’t go into Mea Sharim or Beni Brak in Israel in short shorts and halter top; in Muslim-dominated countries — and some Hindu ones as well — women should be prepared to cover their heads. (Men will be expected to cover their heads in synagogues and may be asked to cover their heads in a mosque. Check with someone before entering any place where prayers are said for local customs.)
After thought: Whenever possible, buy tickets for local transportation before boarding. Try to find out the cost of the trip before boarding and, if there is no option to buy a ticket, have the right change when boarding. In the U.S. many (most) city buses require the correct fare — no change is offered. Most countries, other than the U.S., offer inexpensive, fast, comfortable, and clean rail transportation.
Picks of the litter
- Counterterrorism expert: How to protect yourself abroad
Worth a look