Around the world with the Brown Travelers


Travel Tips and Resources

Passport and Visas

Passport processing times have increased due to high volume, please plan accordingly. Make sure you have a signed and valid passport and/or visas, if required. Be sure to fill in the emergency information page of your passport. Make two copies of your passport identification page to make replacement easier if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives, and carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

Health Safety

Find out about disease outbreaks from the Centers for Disease Control and how to protect yourself when traveling outside the U.S.

Check the health conditions, security information, and the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country you're visiting through the State Department's Consular Information Sheets.

If you take prescription medication, have your prescription refilled and take an extra supply in the original containers with you. Carry all vital medicines in your carry-on luggage.

Carry a list of blood type, allergies, or any special medical conditions. Medical alert bracelets are a good idea.

Check with your medical insurance carrier about coverage protection for out-of-country travel. To be sure you are properly insured for your trip, consider travelers insurance.

Financial Safety

Take only the credit cards and personal identification you'll need. Carry a driver's license or valid photo ID from your state of residence and keep them in a secure location. These documents can help identify you if your passport is lost or stolen.

Make a copy of your credit card and travelers check numbers and the telephone numbers needed to report a theft. Keep the copy in a location separate from the documents. To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothes and expensive jewelry, and don't carry excessive amounts of cash.

For information about international currency values and conversions, visit the Travelers Currency Cheat Sheet.

All of our tour operators have strict cancellation policies. Penalties for canceling increase as the departure dates approach, and you can lose 100% of your prepaid trip costs should you cancel close to the departure date. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to purchase trip protection insurance.

Airport Safety

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulates airport security; regulations change often. Don't leave your luggage unattended and don't accept packages from strangers. While waiting for customs or security screenings, don't exchange items between bags. Make sure your luggage is tagged properly so it will reach its final destination. Don't pack valuables in your checked luggage. Be alert at security checkpoints.

At many international airports, security and customer service staff will ask you questions about your luggage. Know what you are carrying and be able to describe any electronics.

To help combat jet lag, drink lots of water and juice during your flight. Some authorities recommend drinking a cup for every hour of the flight.

Weather Around the World

Check on the weather at your tour destination before you pack.

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