Preparation is probably the most important thing for people traveling abroad, whether they are traveling by themselves, or as a family. One of the must do things before you leave is make sure all of your paperwork in is order. Make sure that any passports, and Visas are up to date, as well as you personal ID or Driver’s license. You don’t want to be a a foreign airport and find out something isn’t in order.
You want to let your friends and family know where all are planning to go, and how long you will be gone. Pick one member of your family to keep in contact with at all times, and contact them regularly. Be prepared by knowing where the American Embassies are where you are going, just in case there is a problem. Write down their contact information, and keep it somewhere safe.
Health insurance is very important, and even if you think nothing can happen, people get sick, have accidents, and get hurt all the time. You can buy temporary health insurance, or your own insurance company may even have some kind of rider you can purchase temporarily. This holds true for any kind of other insurance as well, like when you rent a car. It may cost extra, but it can save you a lot of headaches.
Another area where people get into trouble is with the locals, including pickpockets. They are everywhere, and prey on tourists. Try to get the language down, even if it’s the basics. If you need assistance finding directions, don’t ask people off the street. Talk with the hotel desk people, or your waitress, have them write it down if necessary.