For up-to-date government advice on unsafe areas
Americans: US Travel Alerts
Canadian: Travel Advice
Brits: Foreign Travel Advice
New Zealand: Safetravel
But note that Government warnings tend to be extremely cautious. Read the papers, watch the news, judge for yourself – travelling when things are a little hairy means fewer tourists, more room availability, less cost, more cool. Life is a gamble.
If you’re traveling to the USA and not an American citizen don’t forget that you will need to get an ESTA Visa Waiver if it’s your first time there.
Register your whereabouts when travelling abroad
Another useful service provided by FO, given the uncertainty in some parts of the world as a result of natural disasters or outbreaks of civil unrest, UK citizens may like to note an online service from the Foreign Office.
You may register the details of your trip and the person(s) travelling with you before your trip starts.
You can also register details of your family and friends so that they can be contacted in the event that you are affected by an incident whilst travelling. Visit your government’s site as above, there should be a section for registration.