“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Learn About Your Destination Overseas

I am a great advocate of travel adventures, going places you’ve never been, sometimes off the beaten path. The world is full of wonderful destinations with unexpected memory opportunities.

But it’s important to be informed when going abroad and even to be careful. The US State Department has wonderful resources on every nation such as safety and security messages, (including travel advisories), health precaution information, crisis planning information, and much more. Make sure you’re aware of entry/exit requirements, visas, local laws, customs, medical care, road safety, and other country-specific details. The country information page contains the address and phone number of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Vital information for any emergency.

This is clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world. You can access it at home or on the go at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html. As a service of your federal government, it’s absolutely free.