Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Most Polluted Cities in the World

 

There has been a lot of talk about how bad the pollution is in Beijing.  It is bad but it is not the most polluted city in the world.  Not even close.

The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains a database of the most polluted cities in the world, known as the Ambient (outdoor) air pollution in cities database.

According to the WHO 2014 database, Delhi, India is the #1 most polluted city in the world.

 

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An Embassy Evacuation of US Citizens

Burundi

Photo from Briefly.com

Hopefully you will do your research and take the necessary precautions and never have a problem when you travel to another country.  But sometimes the unexpected happens.  There is an earthquake or a tsunami. Or a coup. Then what do you do?  If the situation is really bad, what will the US Embassy do to help you leave the country?

The current situation in Burundi is a good opportunity to look at what an embassy does to assist US citizens to leave the country and how the evacuation process works.

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Avoid Problems Traveling with Medicine

Some medicines – prescriptions and over-the-counter – that are legal in the US are illegal in other countries.  You need to be aware of foreign countries’ rules to stay out of trouble, including jail.

Today, the increasing number of new medicines makes it possible for more people to live full lives and to do things they couldn’t do before such as travel to another country.  Some of these medicines which are fully legal in the US may not be legal in the country you are traveling to.

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911 for Foreign Country Emergencies

Who do you call if you need the police or an ambulance during your trip? Not every country uses “911” as their emergency phone number.

Here is a useful list of emergency phone numbers in foreign countries.  Write down the number or put it in your phone for your destination country.

Hopefully you won’t need it.  But it is good to have just in case.

Remember, it is possible the number may not have an English‐speaking operator.

911 ABROAD

Stay safe and travel far.

Guide to Staying Safe in Paris

This is a useful guide produced by the Paris Police.  Paris is a pretty safe place to visit but there is still crime.  It is better to take a few precautions than spend a part of your vacation cancelling your stolen credit cards or going to the embassy to get a new passport.

The guide talks about how to avoid being a victim and what to do if you are a victim.  It also has useful phone numbers.

Guide to Staying Safe in Paris

Stay safe and travel far.