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Top 5 Travel Security Tips


Going on vacation is all about having fun, but poor planning can ruin your trip before you get to your destination.
Going on vacation is all about having fun, but poor planning can ruin your trip before you get to your destination.
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Traveling the world tops many people's wish lists. It's one of those dreamy declarations that frequently follow the statement, "If I won the lottery…"

Despite tough economic times and post-9/11 fears of flying, millions of Americans travel abroad each year. Although the staple destinations -- London, Paris and Rome -- are still popular, more exotic locales have become more fashionable in recent years [source: CDC].

Vacationing abroad should be all about having fun and experiencing a new culture, but there are also safety issues to consider. Tourists can get into a lot of trouble in an unfamiliar place, from catching a disease, to having a run-in with some unfriendly locals, to getting hit by a car when they're looking the wrong way (particularly in countries where residents drive on the left, like Great Britain). Each year, more than 6,000 Americans die while traveling internationally [source: U.S. Department of State].

You can reduce your chances of getting into a dangerous mishap by taking a few precautions before you leave, and while you're away. This article covers five of the most basic -- and most important -- ways to stay safe when you travel.


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