Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tip of the Day: How to Use On-Line Information More Effectively, Efficiently

…is no reason to intellectually "stand down" and assume that personal threats are negligible  and scant likelihood of actually occurring!

As I have said so often in the past, the risk of violent crime and even global terrorism exist in ALL nations…all you have to know is what to look for.

Permit me to give you the below website, which will give you the crime statistics of any country in the world: 


Imagine, being able to check on the criminal threat that exists in a country before you even select a destination. Imagine!!

Also, if you're traveling to the US, please go to the below website which will give you the prevailing crime statistics in real time of any city in the US: 


I urge each of you to go the below link which offers you a number of foreign affairs agencies worldwide, their websites and how to compare your own government's perception of the threat to those of other nations. Why use only one source when you have the option to compare what other governments are saying:


To save you precious time, permit me to regurgitate the link below:

In addition to checking the appropriate website of your own foreign affairs agency, I strongly suggest that all travelers that you examine the websites of other foreign ministries that speak your first language or perhaps others that you know as a basis of comparison:

http://www.fco.gov.uk (United Kingdom)

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en (France)

http://www.http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en (Germany)

http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca (Canada)

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/spain (España)

http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au (Australia)

COMMENT: I personally prefer smarttraveller, largely because it delineates concrete advice for every country based upon four distinctive qualifiers, which places responsibility for travel to the individual traveler who fails to follow the guidance: 

Exercise normal safety precautions

Exercise a high degree of caution

Reconsider your need to travel


Please go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au and "be amazed"

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