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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…

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Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why I Don’t Let Fear Dictate My Travel Plans

When it comes to travel, what’s your fear factor? What’s a list of places where you think you’re at risk and don’t want to visit? What keeps you from going… Read More…

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Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Traveling After Terrorist Attacks

We’ve all witnessed the turmoil and instability in many parts of the world, and the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris, Istanbul, and Brussels. Add to that historically low oil prices… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Make Jokes at the Airport
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Make Jokes at the Airport

There’s a great story about the late American comedian Groucho Marx. As he returned to New York from a trip to Europe in 1933, he filled out his customs arrival… Read More…

Travel Tip: Changes for Airport Security After Terrorist Attacks
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Changes for Airport Security After Terrorist Attacks

After the terrorist attack at the airport in Brussels, the subject of airport security became Topic A. No surprise there. It’s also no surprise that more solutions are being suggested… Read More…

How Travel Security Could Change After Recent Terrorist Attacks
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel Safety

How Travel Security Could Change After Recent Terrorist Attacks

Recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Ankara, and today’s bombings and attacks at the Brussels airport and a metro station are harsh reminders of the world in which we live…. Read More…

Travel Tip: TSA Seized Record Number of Firearms in 2015
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: TSA Seized Record Number of Firearms in 2015

Every year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) releases the number of prohibited items it has seized at security checkpoints at U.S. airports. This year, they’ve set a record: they intercepted 2,653… Read More…

Travel Tip: What Could Change With Heightened Travel Security
Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What Could Change With Heightened Travel Security

With the downing of the Russian airliner in Egypt and the terrorist attacks in Paris, be prepared for heightened travel security at airports and border crossings. Some of it you’ll… Read More…