Category Archives: Travel Safety Tips

In Some Countries Pokémon Go Can Get you Arrested, Injured or Killed

Catching Pikachu in some countries can be dangerous

 

Is there ANYONE who hasn’t heard of Pokémon Go? It is everywhere in the US and around the world.  And that creates some interesting problems for travelers to other countries.

We have all heard about the stories of Pokémon Go players in the US being in car crashes , falling off cliffs, trespassing on the grounds of a nuclear power plant, and even trying to play the game at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

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6 Rules to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe During Travel

Keep your credit cards and credit history safe

 

If your credit card doesn’t work, your international trip will get off to a bad start. If you lose your card and don’t know what to do, your trip and your credit rating could be in trouble.

Here are 6 rules to keep your card safe when you travel to another country.

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Mobile Passport Control Makes US Entry Process Faster

US Customs app speeds airport process for US citizens

 

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a fast new way for travelers entering the US. It is called Mobile Passport Control (MPC). It is the first app authorized by the US government for traveler entry into the US.

What it does

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is an authorized CBP smartphone and tablet app for US and Canadian citizens. MPC, an automated process for going through the Customs arrival procedure, makes the entry process faster.

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North Korea sentences US college student to 15 years

How to stay out of trouble if you travel to dictatorship country

 

North Korea sentenced an American college student to 15 years of hard labor for “crimes against the state.” The 21-year-old student from the University of Virginia was found guilty for attempting to steal a political banner from his hotel in Pyongyang.

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Let Your Family and Friends Know You Are Safe

Let them know as soon as possible 

 

On Friday, November 13, 2015 one hundred twenty nine people were killed by terrorist in Paris. On November 20, 2015 twenty seven people were killed by terrorist in Bamako, Mali. I can only add my condolences and prayers for the families and friends of those who died and offer my hopes of recovery for those who were wounded.

I honor the spirit of the people of Paris who thumbed their nose at the Islamic state by returning to cafes and restaurants and sharing photos on social media.  It was their way to honor the victims of the attacks and to show they refused to give in to fear.

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Dying to Take a Selfie

Don’t kill yourself taking a selfie  

 

There is no question that selfies and the use of selfie sticks continue to grow in popularity. The problem is that as is often the case, a few people are taking it to extremes.

The number of deaths and injuries from selfies is growing.  And the number of places banning selfie sticks is also growing.

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Danger on the Roads

Driving can be the most dangerous thing you do in some countries

 

Some Scary Statistics

Road traffic deaths are the 9th leading cause of death globally.  The World Health Organization predicts they will become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.

It doesn’t matter why you are traveling – tourist, business traveler, study abroad student or NGO volunteer – driving in some countries could be the most dangerous thing you do.

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Better 911 Access for Travelers in Other Countries

A big improvement in how you contact 911 emergency services is coming soon

 

A startup called RapidSOS is creating an app called One-Touch-911 for use in the US and other countries. The app will make it easier to communicate with emergency services, improve the ability of emergency services to locate you when you are calling from a mobile phone and provide more information to them.

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What to do if you’re arrested in another country

Better to prepare and not need it than to need it and not be prepared

 

Before You Go    

Most likely you will have a great trip that is a lot of fun and results in many happy memories and exotic souvenirs. Most likely you will not have any problems. But what do you do IF you are arrested in another country.

I am not trying to scare people away from traveling but it is important to talk about the possibility of arrest in a foreign country.

It doesn’t matter whether you did something wrong, it was a misunderstanding, or it is a corrupt police shakedown. Getting arrested in another country can be very scary, confusing and disorienting.  It can be more difficult because you are in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language, customs, or legal system.

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