Thailand: The Gap Between Paradise and Peril

When I was looking through the Lonely Planet guides, planning my gap year travel, Thailand seemed the obvious option. I admit I wasn’t the most adventurous of international travelers and Thailand appeared to be a step up from Ibiza – a more exotic version of the Mediterranean and a lot cheaper. If I’d known about the crime figures as I did my research, perhaps I wouldn’t have gone. That’s just me – overly cautious. Many thousands of travelers visit the country every year without experiencing anything more than a spot of sunburn. I enjoyed a safe and exciting trip when […]

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Help for US Victims of Crime Overseas

American citizens can rely on assistance from the US State Department if they become a victim of crime while traveling overseas, but the State Department can’t help with everything. Read on to find out what help a US citizen can expect, and how to access this assistance. The State Department assists in two ways. One by working with the traveler overseas through consular offices and agents, and two by liaising with family through State Department offices in the United States. Offices in the US provide US resources for the victim or the victim’s family where possible. Officials in the foreign […]

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