Friday, March 30, 2007

Auto Accidents Your Most Dangerous Threat Abroad

While there seems to be a heightened sense that Westerners are especially exposed to terrorism traveling these days, the fact is the biggest killer of Americans while traveling is the automobile accident.

According to the State Department automobile accidents caused the biggest number of non-natural, non-combat deaths of Americans abroad, accounting for nearly a third of the more than 2,000 cases reported to the State Department between 2004 and 2006.

Especially dangerous places to drive include Qatar, Tunisia, and Egypt. Although I've personnally witnessed Americans having particular problems driving and walking amongst unfamiliar traffic patterns in the U.K. and Ireland.

After traffic accidents the next leading causes of U.S. civilian deaths are assaults, suicides and drownings.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Annual AAA Parents Best Cars for Families List

The AAA and Parents magazine Best Cars for Families list for 2007 includes 15-vehicles:

  • Honda Accord
  • Mercury Milan
  • Toyota Camry
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Ford Edge
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Chevy Tahoe
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Hyundai Entourage
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda 3
  • Volkswagen Rabbit

Picking a Travel Clinic Before You Go

You're set to travel to some romantic and exotic place -- and you want to find a doctor or a health clinic knowledgable about your needs before you go.

Dr. Richard Dawood, medical editor for Conde Nast Traveler, offers a guide to choosing a travel clinic or travel medicine specialist.

In this same article there are some good resources on "Finding Health Care Overseas", "Hotel Hot Zones" and "The Ultimate First Aid Kit."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Welcome to Safe to Travel

Welcome to the Safe to Travel site!

At Defend University and WomensDefense.Org, we get lots of questions regarding traveling safely, so this blog was developed to help address various issues surrounding personal safety, security and self-defense while traveling.