International Travel Tips and Resources

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International Travel Tips and Resources provides services for U.S. citizens who travel, live or retire overseas.

Everything from european travel information to tips for cruising and traveling to the Americas can be found here.

Below is a list of agencies and resources to ensure a safe and secure travel experience.


International Travel Tips for Safety

Embassy Registration for Americans Abroad
STEP is a free service for U.S. citizens who are traveling to or living in a foreign country. Enter information about your upcoming trip abroad. That way the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.

Get Help in an Emergency
Here is a list of Emergency Services for United States citizens abroad. Details include what to do in case of death, arrest, missing citizen, victimization of crime, how to send money, stolen passport and more.

Travel Warnings & Alerts
Travel Warnings are issued when certain long-term conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid travel to that country.

Travel Alerts are issued when short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. These include natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, and high-profile events.


The Importance of Wearing a Money Belt

Pickpocketing is alive and well in Europe. These petty thieves target American tourists. They are good at taking what is in your purses and fanny packs in the blink of an eye.

Wear a money belt. This is one of the most important international travel tips to follow. Store essentials such as passport, driver’s license, credit card, ATM card, money in large denomination, plane ticket, rail pass, and a list of all your important phone numbers and addresses.


International Travel Resources for Health Care Overseas

CDC Vessel Sanitation Program
VSP provides a list of the most recent inspection scores for cruise ships along with outbreak updates.

CDC Government Agency for Preventation of Infectious Diseases
Agency provides information on vaccination and different types of flu threats worldwide.

International Society of Travel Medicine
ISTM is committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel. In cooperation with health care providers, academic centers, the travel industry and the media, ISTM advocates and facilitates education, service, and research activities in the field of travel medicine.


International Travel Regulations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The CBP announces travel advisories and publications, prohibited and restricted goods, travel publications and other needed information.

USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
This agency provides information about bringing food, plants, or animal products into the U.S. and which ones are prohibited. USDA also provides ePermits, which allows submission of import permit applications, tracking applications and more.


European Travel Resources


European Travel Tips

Get useful information on getting around in Europe...

From trains to car rentals. Find out when the best time to travel to Europe is. And learn the best method for exchanging currency, withdrawing money, and packing for European travel.


How to Travel Europe by Train

The train system in Europe is exceptionally well organized. It makes international travel through Europe amazingly simple by assuring tourists gets oriented quickly. It is important to remember that many cities have more than one train station. Find out how to get around and what train ticket station windows can do for you.


Travel by European Rail Pass

A European rail pass is one of the best ways to travel through Europe. They can be a great value if you know your options. Especially since Europe is so condensed and easily traveled by train. Find out how a European Rail Pass works, when to us it, and how it can best help you.


Cheap Travel Abroad

Use simple strategies for traveling affordably like staying at hostels or bed and breakfast inns. They are cheaper and are common in Europe and South America. And take advantage of public transportation instead of taking a taxi. Get more affordable international travel tips here.


Travel Europe by Car

Southern Europe is easily traveled by train and public transit. In more remote areas, especially in Northern Europe, a car may be necessary. Certain areas and towns are only accessible by car. And that means less tourists and crowds.

Cruise Travel Resources


First Time Cruise Tips
Learn vital strategies when going on that cruise vacation...From choosing your cabin to what you must bring in your carry-on.

Essential Cruise Packing Tips
Take only one credit card with you. Leave the rest at home. And don't forget a pre-departure cruise check list if you want to enjoy your floating holiday. Get more tips here.

Cruise Packing List
Remember to pack sea sickness medications, sun block, antacids. Make sure to check off important items from this list before leaving on your cruise vacation.


Recommendations for
South and Central American Travel


Belize Travel Tips and Recommendations
Travel recommendations are posted here for those traveling to or retiring in Belize. Or provide your own international travel tips instead.

Costa Rica Travel Tips and Recommendations
Review recommendations here if you plan to travel or retire in Costa Rica. You can also share your own recommendations and experiences.

Panama Travel Tips and Recommendations
Find travel information here for traveling to or retiring in Panama. You can also share your own experiences and recommendations.

Affordable Travel
Use simple strategies for cheap travel abroad like staying at hostels or bed and breakfast inns. They are cheaper and are common in Europe and South America. And take advantage of public transportation instead of taking a taxi. Get more international travel tips for affordable travel here.


International Travel Regulations and Resources

Before deciding on an adventure that takes you away from home, keep up to date with all international travel regulations and resources found here. An overseas journey can turn into a nightmare if you are unprepared.


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