Here's a great tip when you're traveling abroad and its FREE! The STEP program allows United States citizens and nationals to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
You and your loved ones will appreciate this service. I know we are all connected with our cell phones and other devices, but this will give you an extra layer of protection. It will help family and friends get in touch with you in the case of an emergency. It will also allow the U.S. Embassy in the countires you visit to alert you to any civil unrest or natural disasters.
The other ways they can help is with assistance if your passport is stolen. They are able to provide names of English speaking doctors or local attorneys. They can notarize documents and much more.
You will also receive informaton about safety conditions in your intended destination which will help you make informed decisions regarding your travel plans. This service applies to individuals as well as groups.
In today's world, I consider this to be an invaluable tool and it only takes a couple minutes to fill out the forms. Once again, it's FREE. Here's the link to their site: