Without a doubt there has been some uneasiness about travel lately, but you shouldn’t let those concerns stop you from seeing the world- something we consider one of life’s greatest pleasures.
But because there is still uncertainty on the minds of many, we want to share all the ways you can be protected and secure in your travels, wherever they may take you.
The State Department’s STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) is an excellent way for those traveling abroad to make their trip known and with the local embassy or consulate who will assist them in a time of need. Those enrolled in the program can also get updates on things like extreme weather or civil unrest that may change your plans.
The program is also an avenue for family or friends to connect with you in case of an emergency back home. This is one of our favorite recommendations for both frequent business travelers as well as more casual leisure travelers to provide an extra layer of security.
We suggest registering as soon as you confirm your trip, and be sure to check in with the State Department on any new developments before you leave. Regardless of where you travel, we always recommend that you keep your wits about you in any new destination.
If this year’s weather has taught us anything, it’s that nature can be pretty unpredictable. However, trying to reschedule flights and other booking when you get snowed in, or some other emergency arises is often impossible, at least without it leaving a serious dent in your wallet. That’s why we always recommend travel insurance.
There are plans with varying levels of coverage, even ones that allow you to cancel for any reason. Don’t dismiss it because of the initial cost, having flexibility and security in your travel plans pays for itself once even the smallest thing goes awry.
For those who are still residents of other countries, but are currently working in or visiting the U.S., you might want to have ready access to immigration attorneys; luckily there are plenty of options.
If you have any concerns regarding your current visa or green card status there are many resources to help you. The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Law Center are both national organizations solely focused on working with immigrants and refugees. Locally, most cities have multiple attorneys who specialize in immigration law and will be able to advocate for you if needed.
Our 24/7 Rescue Services
UNIGLOBE Travel Designer’s 24/7 rescue line is one of the services that we’re happiest to offer. Those who book with us, whether for business or leisure, are given a connection to an expert on our team any time of day and from almost anywhere in the world.
Call us when a flight cancellation, lost reservation, or any other unexpected event hinders your travel plans and we’ll get to work getting you back on track.
The world is big, beautiful, and just begs to be explored. The vast majority of destinations are still incredibly safe and no level of uneasiness should ever keep you from embracing all they have to offer. With the right tools, and a little planning, you can experience all the amazing countries, cultures, and people without any worry to slow you down.
Written by the UTD Team
Uniglobe Travel Designers is a minority, women owned, award-winning, full service travel management company specializing in both corporate and leisure travel. This article was a collaborative effort from our team.