Questions to Ask Before You Travel

It’s important to travel responsibly to avoid dangers or mishaps. Traveling abroad is a great opportunity to see the world and to share cultures, not to mention the beautiful beaches of Hawaii and California. Unfortunately, traveling abroad can also lead to health problems and to spread deadly viruses like flu or measles that can endanger your life and the lives of others. Staying home and postponing travel is often the best way to prevent yourself and others from getting sick or from spreading deadly virus-such as flu or measles.

When I was in high school I remember worrying about my classmates going abroad to study or to go on field trip. My worry about them included whether they would be safe and if I would be around when they did come back from their trip. It was common for me to worry about my close family members who were abroad, too, and I wondered if they were okay. Below are some questions that you should ask yourself and those you should ask your close family members before you go on your trip.

Q. Am I traveling alone? A. Only in small groups of two or more people traveling together using public transportation, usually buses, trains, or taxis. Anyone traveling with you should wear a seat belt to minimize the risk of injury and long-term illness.