Preparation for traveling abroad is the one thing that can almost certainly determine whether or not you have a rewarding travel experience. The following suggestion will ensure that you are prepared for your academic sojourn: RESEARCH your travel destination or destinations!
Before you go, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country you're visiting. There are a variety of places where you can learn about your travel destination or destinations. While most travelers glean country specific information from travel materials such as Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Rough Guide and others, it is important to note there are other information resources available. One such resource is the U.S. Department of State. The Department of State provides country specific information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, any areas of instability, and the location of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in that country (Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State).
For more information on Travel Registration please go to: U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program