Passport and Visas:

You will need a signed and valid passport for all international travel and/or visas, if required. Passport processing times have increased due to high volume, so be sure to apply well in advance.

Health Safety:

Find out about disease outbreaks from the Centers for Disease Control.  The CDC provides up-to-date health notices for destinations outside the U.S. The U.S. Department of State also provides information about health conditions, security, and embassy or consulate contact information for every country in the world.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. STEP enables you to receive important information from the Embassy about conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. The program helps the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

Suggested Reading Lists

What is better than surrounding yourself with books to help prepare yourself for the exciting, new destination you are planning to visit.  Engaging Journeys has a partnership with the leading supplier of academic reading lists for travelers.  Longitude Books has classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventures.

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