Traveling abroad is an exciting thing for most Americans, even when it's business-related. And when it is solely for pleasure and sightseeing, or maybe even done with a sense of adventure, then the excitement level can get cranked up pretty high.
Nothing can top the first time you travel abroad and get a bigger view of the world. But seasoned travelers say that there are some things that first-time globetrotters should do before they leave. One of the most important things you should do before you go is check with your doctor to make sure you have all the vaccinations you need, and to make sure you have plenty of any of the prescription medicines you may be on. You should also check with your insurance company to see whether you policy covers you, if you happen to require medical care during your trip. You might need to purchase supplemental insurance. You never want to get sick or need emergency care, of course, but you always want to be prepared.
You should also make sure you have a copy of your passport. That way, if it gets lost or stolen, you'll be able to prove your citizenship and get back into the United States. As an added precaution, many travelers like to have a third copy of their passport that is left at home. It's also a good idea to have an electronic copy that is stored offline, like in an email server or in the cloud.
Beth Manville is a Seattle lawyer who has taken all of these precautions as she prepares for a trip to Kenya. This native of Perkasie PA was already planning a trip to Africa when she learned of the discovery of the oldest tools known to man, discovered at a site in Kenya. She was an anthropology major at the University of Washington who considered a career in that discipline. She has refocused her itinerary and hopes to find a way to visit the site.