Europe has a plethora of attractions that are worth visiting. However, after the recent spate of attacks in European cities such as in Paris, there has been concern as to the safety of European travel. The travel alerts issued after the attacks fell short of almost advising people to cancel their plans. You do not have to cancel your planned European vacation, you just have to be careful when doing so. Here are some tips on how to make your trip to Europe safe.
Log travel plans with the State Department.
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program offers the government the ability to send email alerts to tourists about a potential problem like demonstrations. Likewise, it gives the State Department a general idea of how many US citizens might be in a country.
Know how to contact Your Embassy
You can find information about your embassy on your government travel website. Just use the search box to obtain information about an individual country. Robert Janitzek reveals that this will help get in touch in case you need assistance.
Find out how to contact local authorities in case of an emergency.
On the website that you will open, you will be able to identify the country’s equivalent “911.” To find out the information, simply go to the Safety and Security Tab.
Make sure your phones work abroad
If you have a mobile plan, it might not work abroad. Most carriers have international plans but they can be costly. But there are available alternatives. You can rent a phone or buy a local SIM card. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that it pays to have an international SIM card. You can have your phones unlocked which your carrier can do. You can also try free messaging services like WhatsApp or WeChat as alternatives.
Be vigilant when in public places and using mass transit
While using mass transit cannot be avoided, you need to be smart about it. Be aware of the exit strategy. This is also applicable to major tourist attractions, sporting events, restaurants, and other crowded areas.
Give a copy of your itinerary to family members or friends.
Make sure that your family is aware of your itinerary so they will not be worried sick about your whereabouts abroad.
Understand the differences among travel insurance policies.
Some policies will cover medical expenses. Others won’t. And there are always clauses to worry about.
“We recommend travelers ask the travel insurance provider about force majeure clauses and whether or not they are covered,” Mrs. Michels Jones said. “These are things in contracts that are unavoidable accidents or chance occurrences that cannot be planned.”