If you’re considering a trip abroad you should actually register with the State Department for your own safety. Sure, it seems like a bit of overkill and maybe it is, depending on where you’re traveling, but no matter how insignificant you think you are in the grand scheme of things, the State Department actually cares. If you register your travel plans this gives the government a way to contact you in case there is a family crisis or you’re needed and can’t be found. It also gives the government a way to contact you in the event that some sort of crisis is about to occur or has occurred where you are traveling.
Registering with the State Department is both free and easy and it just requires a few minutes at their website.
If you’re worried about big brother, keep in mind that the Privacy Act provides for your personal privacy and your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to any other person who may request them unless you have given your express authorization.
This is an exceptionally useful travel tip for anyone who will be traveling abroad for an extended period of time. If there is an emergency back home or where you are vacationing, it’s better to have the State Department on your side in case you need to make a hasty retreat.