Travel News: Top 10 Travel Emergencies – Part 2

"Even the best vacation can be derailed by a travel emergency." So says an article posted on the web site for the Travel Channel. In Part 2 of our 2-part series we'll continue a look at their picks for the Top 10 worst-case travel scenarios, and tips on how to deal with each problem.
  1. Medical Emergency
    If you're planning to travel in a foreign country you might want to obtain travel health insurance before leaving home. The US Department of State maintains a list of hospitals where American citizens can get help in an emergency. Bring this information with you or contact the local embassy for guidance on where you can seek help.

  2. Lost Passport
    First make sure you have a copy of your passport with you, which you keep separate from where you carry your passport. If your passport is lost or stolen, immediately notify the US State Department and local police, and contact the nearest US Embassy. Embassy consulates will issue a temporary passport to get you back to the US.

  3. Detained in Customs
    Fill out customs paperwork honestly and carefully and be aware of what you can’t bring home with you as a souvenir (such as live plants, precious gem stones). If you have questions about international drug laws, investigate before you travel. Keep your prescription medication in original, labeled packaging and bring a letter from your doctor confirming your legal use of the medicine. If you find yourself detained by customs, remain calm and tell the truth - if you’re not hiding anything you should be on your way after a brief interrogation.

  4. Victim of a Crime
    Even if you take all of the right precautions you might still find yourself a crime victim while traveling. If this happens, immediately contact the local police. If you're in a foreign country also contact the US State Department for consular support and advocacy. A consulate can explain local laws, connect you with legal support and help you contact family or friends back home.

  5. Extreme Weather Evacuation
    Follow the advice of the weather professionals when it comes to extreme weather including hurricanes, floods and blizzards. If you're traveling in a foreign country, register with the US State Department so they can keep track of your whereabouts during an emergency. Investigate travel insurance that offers airlift evacuations in case normal airline travel is disrupted.
Being properly prepared with information on how to deal with travel issues will help you plan for the best timeshare vacation ever.

Read the Travel Channel article in its entirety.

Travel News: Top 10 Travel Emergencies – Part 1
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