Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Yellow Book – It will keep you healthy

Last year over 68,000,000 US citizens traveled to another country. As more people are traveling globally they are coming into more contact with health risks. It’s importance to have accurate and up-to-date travel health information.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released of the 2016 edition of the Health Information for International Travel. It is better known as the Yellow Book.

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Toyota Communications Chief Arrested in Japan for Illegal Painkillers

Check to see if you have to get permission to bring your medications

This is a follow up to my May 1st post, “Avoid Problems Traveling with Medicine.”  In the post I talked about the importance of checking to see if your medications are legal in the country you plan to visit.  I specifically talked about Japan.

Now there is a report that Julie Hamp, the first western woman to be named to a senior position at Toyota has been arrested in Japan for allegedly importing the painkiller oxycodone from the US.  The drug was found in a package Hamp sent to herself from the US.

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Traveling during Ramadan

Some tips for traveling in Muslim countries during Ramadan


Ramadan started on Thursday, June 18 and will continue for 30 days.  It ends on Friday, July 17.   Ramadan is dedicated to fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam.

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world will be strictly fasting between sunrise and sunset.   – not eating or drinking anything – and instead will be using the time for prayer and contemplation.

Eating, drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited in public places even if you are not Muslim.

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Naked Tourists Cause Earthquake

Why it’s important to pay attention to local customs


This may sound like something from a tabloid newspaper from the supermarket checkout line but it isn’t.

First, I am not making any joke about this earthquake.  Eighteen people died, six  were children from Singapore on a school trip.

But what happened after the quake is a lesson in the importance of understanding and respecting local customs.  And in what can happen if you don’t.

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Somewhere between “be careful” and “RUN AWAY!!”

What are State Department Travel Warnings and Alerts    

One of the missions of the Department of State is to advise US citizens about issues that might affect their safety when traveling abroad. They want US travelers to be able to make informed decisions about their travel. One way they do this is through a series of travel advisories.

What does a travel advisory mean?  Does it mean you should just change your plans to avoid a part of the country or is the message DO NOT TRAVEL THERE?

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