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Tips on How to Have a Safe Trip

A free publication from the State Department tells you what you need to know before you go

Maybe you're ready to search out some of the world's most unusual and exotic places — or to just venture abroad for the first time in a long time. Your anticipation may come with a little anxiety.

But don't worry. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs can help.

Its free guide, Travel Tips for Older Americans (PDF), crams a lot of useful information into just two pages, ranging from where to obtain international health insurance to how to avoid scam artists who prey on tourists. Included are links to government services such as the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which enables the State Department to track your travel and to assist you in the event of an emergency. And there's a lot more help at, a service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

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