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Tips to Avoid Legal Troubles During Summer Travel


Summer vacations and trips abroad are a great way to experience people and other cultures. No matter what your method of transportation, you should be prepared for anything when traveling in other countries. Before taking any trips you should research the regulations and laws of the country you plan to visit beforehand. Legal issues can arise and claiming ignorance of the law is no excuse and may land you in jail. Your LegalShield provider law firm can check the requirements for you and help you avoid any problems at customs.

Before booking a flight check with the airline or travel authorities about what you may or may not bring with you on the plane. Agents are very helpful and can offer you information about limitations on what you can bring aboard the flight.

If you will be traveling outside of the US, be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws of the area or province you will be staying in. If renting a car you’ll need to know the traffic laws as well. Some countries drive on the right, and others drive on the left.

Carry traveler’s health insurance in addition to regular health insurance as extra protection. Some countries require proof of health insurance when entering the country. If you incur medical costs outside of your regular providers’ coverage area they may not be covered otherwise.

Beware of scammers out for your money. Travelers often get bumped from flights and put on a wait list for available flights. Be cautious of anyone who approaches you with a sad story of being stranded at the airport. There are all types of scammers out there and they will pose as teenagers trying to get back home to parents or grandparents. The stories change, but they always need money for a ticket. LegalShield provider law firm can help you avoid being the victim of travel scams.

Bring only the documentation you will need for the time you are out of the country. Keep important documents like identification and passport close by at all times. To avoid being scammed it is recommended that you do not carry cash, but purchase travelers’ checks to pay for meals and accommodations. They are protected against fraud and theft. If you need to have a small amount of cash on hand, only make exchanges at banks or at the port-of-entry.

Read all documents before signing. The most important information is towards the bottom, within the fine print. There you will find limitations or restrictions that may apply to your situation. You may be prohibited from entering certain places or doing certain activities. Engaging in activities that, in the US are legal, but are illegal in some countries can land you in a lot of hot water with the authorities. Consult with your LegalShield provider law firm to review any and all documents prior to signing.

Designate someone to handle your affairs while you’re away. If anything should happen to you when you’re out of the country, a trusted friend or relative should have a current copy of your will, insurance papers, and power of attorney. You should have copies of all important documents in case of fire or emergency.

Put your mail on “vacation hold” until you get back. Likewise with your newspaper subscription if you have one. Mail and newspapers piling up is a dead giveaway to burglars that your home is unoccupied.

These tips will keep you safe and legal while traveling the world. If you have any questions or concerns about traveling, contact your LegalShield provider law firm to set up additional coverage plans for peace of mind.1

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