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Continued threats of terrorism, weather-related troubles like hurricanes, earthquakes and the eruption of volcanoes such as that in Iceland, and crimes against travelers including kidnapping, assault, robbery and even murder can make a travel adventurer want to stay home.
Countries and cities around the world continue to experience varying levels of violence. A recent New York City bombing attempt in Times Square closed off a prime block where both residents and tourists go to enjoy theater and restaurants, making them evacuate the area while the site was investigated.
As a tourist, traveling to unfamiliar places requires you to remain vigilant of your surroundings. Before you decide where to go, consider several factors including: the local political climate, the economic environment of the area, health and safety risks, crime activity and weather concerns.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you and your family are traveling:
These tips are not an exhaustive list. Instead, they serve to help you prepare and think about safety for you and your family as you travel.
Visit the government Web site for the latest in worldwide travel warnings.
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