Resources Every Traveler Needs to Know About
There are resources put in place for every traveler. Learning about and utilizing the following resources, as well as others, is one of the most important things you can do to increase your chances for a healthy, safe, and happy vacation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a wealth of information ranging from various diseases and current world health issues to advice on those traveling with any special needs. In order for travelers to stay up to date on outbreaks and health pandemics, the CDC regularly publishes health notifications. These notices are divided into three separate classifications as follows:
- “Watch” – Be aware of your environment.
- “Alert” – Proceed with caution.
- “Warning” – It is recommended to avoid travel.
You can sign up to receive emails from the CDC or download one of their two available apps – TravWell and Can I Eat This? Get vaccine recommendations, suggested health kit packing lists and learn about what food or drinks may be safe to consume.
The State Department Travel Page: The State Department website is probably most known for its information on country alerts and warnings, but did you also know that they provide information regarding passport and visa requirements, Intercountry adoption, and International Parental Child Abduction? The website has everything on international travel from country information to tips for women travelers and U.S. students abroad. They even have information about driving abroad and how to stay safe on the road. If you have any questions concerning the safety of your travel, the State Department has most likely already thought of it and has given their recommendations.
Trusted Traveler Programs: As a member of both TSA Pre-check and Global Entry, you will enjoy the satisfaction of saying goodbye to longer lines and wait times through security and customs. With TSA Pre-check, you have access to accelerated security screening. Plus, you don’t have to remove your shoes and other clothing articles that you would have to without Pre-check. Global Entry will expedite you through customs. Don’t forget to double check that your arrival and departing airports are participating in both programs.
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