May 30, 2017
Being Per Mar protected doesn’t stop at your home or business, and summer is right around the corner. By now, you probably have your destination picked out, and your mind is already basking in the fun you’ll have! Humor us while we bring you back to reality just for a few moments so that, together, we can ensure your safety while traveling at home or abroad this summer.
What’s the Weather Like?
It’s not just about packing the sunblock to avoid a sunburn. For certain international destinations it is not recommended to leave the resort area, and therefore, we recommend packing for all types of weather. This saves you the trip off the resort, where your safety may be at risk, and it also saves you from spending extra on basic items you already own. Extreme temperatures are also a consideration given the dangers of extreme hot or cold. Elevation is another related item to contemplate!
Which Viruses and Vaccines Should I Explore?
Zika, Ebola and MERS don’t sound like anyone’s idea of a good time, and that is only the start of a long list of potential diseases that can be contracted at nationally or internationally. Use the CDC’s travel safety lookup to determine which viruses and vaccines you need to be aware of based on your destination, type of travel, age of travelers and current health conditions. Know which vaccines to get and why. You can also discover other things to avoid such as harmful water, animals and region-specific germs.
Should I Buy Supplemental Health Insurance?
Your U.S. health insurance plan may not cover you while traveling abroad and accidents are scary enough before learning the financial burdens that accompany them. Emergency medical evacuations can cost as much as $100,000. Not only that, but foreign hospitals often require payment in cash. Travel insurance, trip interruption and theft are additional policies that might be worth checking out. Check out this list of supplemental, overseas insurance providers before you depart!
What Do I Need to Know About Local Laws and Money?
It is important to know things like state or national laws, and exchange rates of your international destinations. Always alert your bank and credit card companies of your whereabouts so that they can properly protect you (don’t forget to tip off your security company, too). Be aware that most states, local or overseas, require you to follow their laws, which means you have to know them first. Use this guide to learn all you need to know about keeping your next destination a vacation and not a stay-cation!
When and How do I Use the US Embassy or Consulate?
To further remain on the safe side, travel with contact details (in both English and the local language) for the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate. We also recommend enrolling in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program via the US Department of State. Get notifications about safety conditions and emergencies (natural disasters, civil unrest, family emergencies).
The Department of State is directly available 24/7 for help in certain circumstances. Click here for more information.
With so many things to consider, we also want you to remember to have fun! Being proactive can help put your mind at ease and reduce the risk of unwanted incidents while traveling.