Always Travel the Smart Way
What is STEP
and why should I know about it?
I am so excited about starting my first post on sharing travel tips/guides with you! This has been a goal of mine to start on this site so without further ado, let me start with my first traveling tip.
The world as we know it today isn't always a safe one, but we shouldn't fear it. However, we should always be opened to ways that ensure our trips to other countries will be safe and the steps we need to take the second we suspect that our lives could be in danger etc. I would like to introduce to you an enrollment program that is ran by the U.S. Department of State. STEP is The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Why is this a smart way to travel? It's really crucial when traveling internationally to know in advance what the travel warnings are (if they have any), what to watch out for or be on alert about, and how to get into contact or locate the nearest U.S. Embassy if you ever need to. This will also give you a chance for you and your love ones to have a game plan if certain events were to ever occur. Another important reason is if anything happens, the U.S. Dept of Security will know that you're visiting that country and will start taking the necessary actions to reassure your safe etc. It even offers a mobile app that you can download giving you even quicker access to any important information on the country you'll be traveling to.
Trust me, there's no traveler smarter than the one who chooses to prepare and stay informed while traveling. It's safest way to travel. I don't know about you, but I think being prepared for the unexpected is something we should all be doing.
Benefits of Enrolling in STEP
- Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
- Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
- Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
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