You have your plane ticket, you've made your hotel reservations and you've decided exactly what you want to do when you get there. But the most important question is have you given any thought to how your going to take care of your health and your valuables while your on vacation. You do not want to end up a victim of a scam or a robbery and you do not want to get sick while on vacation.
The place your going may be billing its own as an island paradise but according to where your going you may not want to believe all the smiling faces in the brochure are as friendly as they may appear. You want to take steps to make sure your not mugged, kidnapped, or worst of all become the victim of a terrorist attack. If you're an American in today's world political climate you want to be especially careful.
If your going to an exotic location be sure to check out the US State Department warnings about the country or area you are traveling to. The local US embassy in the country you are traveling to can give you important safety information about places or locations in the country you are going to that you should avoid. You can call the US country in the country you're traveling to and ask them all the questions you need to. Be smart and make informed decisions, especially if you're traveling with your family and small children. You want to make sure everyone will be safe. After all a vacation is supposed to be fun and you want to do everything you can to avoid a disaster while on vacation.
Most of the time you would be right in assuming that the capitals and large cities in most countries are safe and tourist friendly. Most governments go the extra step to make sure that tourists stay safe because they want you to come back. If you're traveling to a country where a local conflict or civil war is going on you may want to choose a different location or wait until the political situation has improved and order has been restored. Do not get involved in local political situations in countries you visit. This is a sure way to get into trouble. You can go on line in most cases and read the newspaper or newspapers of the country or countries you will be visiting.
One of the questions you can ask the person who answers the phone in the US Embassy you call in the country you're visiting is what vaccinations you may need. Depending on the country you are visiting you may be required or it may be severely suggested that you have certain vaccinations before you arrive in the country your going to. This is often the case where people will be traveling to remote areas of tropical countries. So ask the local US Embassy there or check with their website. If you are traveling …