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What It’s Like to Visit Paris a Year After the Terrorist Attacks
France & Belgium / Restaurants / Terrorism

What It’s Like to Visit Paris a Year After the Terrorist Attacks

One year after terrorists killed 130 people at multiple targets in Paris last November, armed soldiers still patrol the streets and tourism has yet to regain full strength. But despite… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know Before Traveling to Other Countries
Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What You Should Know Before Traveling to Other Countries

Before you take your next trip overseas, try to remind yourself that the U.S. Constitution only protects you as a U.S. citizen in this country. Once you’re abroad, local customs… Read More…

Travel Tip: Getting to a U.S. Embassy Overseas
Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Getting to a U.S. Embassy Overseas

For most of us a trip overseas is fun, inspiring, and usually includes once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But what happens if you get into trouble overseas? You might lose your money, you… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why Travelers Need to Remember This Important Safety Rule
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why Travelers Need to Remember This Important Safety Rule

You may have seen pictures of it on the news. An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 crash-landed in Dubai. Luckily, no one died. But the evacuation of the passengers demonstrated an… Read More…

Travel Tip: Proposal Suggests Mental Health Exams for European Pilots
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Proposal Suggests Mental Health Exams for European Pilots

When it comes to airline safety, there’s a lot of good news to report. For nearly 15 years, we’ve enjoyed some remarkable safety statistics. In 2015, there were only 8… Read More…

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Travel Safety / Travel Tips / USA

Travel Tip: Countries Release Travel Advisories for the U.S.

For nearly 30 years, U.S. travelers know all about State Department travel advisories, warnings, and even travel bans. But in recent years a number of foreign countries are now returning… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Should Read the Policies on Travel Insurance Plans
Travel Insurance / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why You Should Read the Policies on Travel Insurance Plans

There’s been a surge in travel insurance sales in the wake of terrorism, disease, and extreme weather. In 2008 Americans spent over $1.5 billion in travel insurance. Last year it… Read More…

Travel Tip: Travel Warnings About Visiting North Korea
South & North Korea / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Travel Warnings About Visiting North Korea

You might not realize this, but there are currently many organized tours to places like Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea. But recently the U.S. State Department has issued a… Read More…

What You Should Know About State Department Advisories and Terrorism
Travel Safety / Video Travel Tips

What You Should Know About State Department Advisories and Terrorism

In my book, there’s one really bad four-letter word that starts with “F” when it comes to travel, and that word is fear. Few things that fuel that fear more… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Terror Attacks Affect the Tourism Industry
Destinations / Terrorism / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How Terror Attacks Affect the Tourism Industry

Revenue from travel and tourism is critical to the economies of dozens of nations around the world. But that revenue can be disrupted in the wake of terrorist incidents. In… Read More…

What You Should Know About Personal Safety in Hotels
Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Safety

What You Should Know About Personal Safety in Hotels

Your personal safety in hotels is your responsibility—and it all starts at the front desk. If the front desk clerk verbally announces your room number when handing you your key,… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: After the Attacks at the Istanbul Airport
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel Safety

Travel Detective Blog: After the Attacks at the Istanbul Airport

The tragic multiple explosions at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport don’t call into question whether or not airport security works, but WHERE it needs to work. While the details are still… Read More…

Travel Tip: Maintaining Your Safety When You’re Staying at a Hotel
Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Maintaining Your Safety When You’re Staying at a Hotel

Many of you might remember the Erin Andrews case. In 2008, while Andrews was staying at the Nashville Marriott Hotel, a man in the next room secretly videotaped the sportscaster in… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Top 5 Places With Lightning Strikes
Natural Disasters / Summer / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Top 5 Places With Lightning Strikes

It happens every year. When summer arrives, so do more lightning strikes. But it seems this year may be worse than others. The odds are still overwhelmingly in your favor… Read More…