1. Learn all you can about where you are going. Has there been violence in this country or area? How does the local population feel about Americans and westerners in general? What kind of transportation is available in the country or area?
2. Talk to your outfitter and agent about their operation, where you will stay, what type of security they provide and whether they have had any problems recently.
3. Pay attention to local events as reported in a major newspaper such as the New York Times, Washington Post or LA Times. You would be amazed to learn how much international news is ignored by local papers.
4. Prepare an itinerary for your family and business with all contact information needed. If you are really diligent and travel often, consider a "crisis or contingency plan" for your family and business in case you are a victim or hospitalized or missing or simply delayed for longer than expected in returning home.
5. Consider travel and trip cancellation insurance. Be careful about kidnapping or ransom insurance, though, as it is illegal in some countries and in other situations, if known by would-be kidnappers, may make you more vulnerable.
6. Last thing, before leaving - Check the State Department's Travel Warnings (See above).
1. Take a short wave radio with you. In some cases, consider renting or buying a satellite phone.
2. Tone down your appearance. Leave jewelry and expensive luggage at home. Don't act like an "ugly American" and don't flash a lot of cash. Lower your profile: if Jewish, don't wear the Star of David. Don't stare or act rudely towards strangers. This will focus attention on you.
3. Keep an eye out for baggage that doesn't appear to "belong" to anyone.
4. Keep away from areas........(continued)