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Traveling at Home and Abroad


Many of us travel on a regular basis and others just plan for that one special trip a year. No matter the case, you need to be prepared. Preparation might be as simple as grabbing your suitcase for an overnight trip to an extensive seven to ten-day trip with a very detailed checklist.


No matter the time you are away from your home, there are still safety precautions that need to be handled from cancelling your mail and newspaper to having a neighbor watch your home. Do not leave any messages on your phone to alert people that you are out of town, and put automatic timers on at least two lights and even a radio or television to make your home look and sound occupied.


For the longer trips and traveling overseas, more preparation is needed. Here are some travel tips to all you to enjoy all the many different cultures and customs and to make the most of your travel destinations.


  1. Photocopies of All Important Papers: This includes your passport, credit cards, visa (if necessary) and driver’s license. Keep one set at home and the other with you in a carry-on bag. Once you reach your destination, then transfer that copy to a hotel safe. Be smart when you leave your room and take only what you need.

  2. Know Where You Are Going: Know the country and some initial facts. What are their customs, location, how should you dress, what is their language, what are the cultural expectations. Do you shake hands or bow? A simple mistake could create a huge faux pas and could affect a business or personal relationship.

  3. Embassies and Consulates: For U.S. citizens, register with and sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By signing up, it provides information for the State Department to contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. Other countries have similar programs for their citizens. Know the customs and laws in the country you are visiting. Even though you are not a citizen, you are still subject to their laws.

  4. Do Not Set Yourself Up for a Thief or Pickpocket: Do not wear excessive jewelry, carry all of your money or credit cards, leave unattended luggage or bags, or wear clothing that screams you are a tourist.

  5. Insurance, Prescriptions and Your Health: Know what your insurance will cover while you are traveling. Generally, it covers nothing or very little in another country. Check out different companies and buy something that will fit your needs. Hopefully you will never use it or need it, but it is worth the investment. Carry your medications with you while traveling and have plenty to last the entire trip. You will not be able to fill your prescriptions in other country without many hours of frustration. In some countries, avoid drinking their water, including ice cubes in your drink. Safe to stay with bottled water for everything, including brushing your teeth. Watch salads or raw foods. Be extremely careful of street vendors.

  6. Know at Least Ten Phrases or Words: It is a compliment to our neighbors when we try to communicate with some basic words or phrases. Even as simple as a thank you, hello, you are welcome, or trying to order a meal could set the tone and create a better working condition.




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Written by Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA, CPECP, co-founder of Global Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Academy and Colleen Rickenbacher, Inc.


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