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Travel Destinations: Scotland: A Trip Planning Guide for First-Time Visitors
Travel Documents: Trusted Traveler Programs for Faster Border Crossings
Travel Tips: Top Tips for International Travelers
Travel Tools: Universal Currency Converter
Travel Alert: Flooding in Central and Lower Parts of Northern Thailand

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Travel Destination: Scotland: A Trip Planning Guide for First-Time Visitors

A Scottish vacation? So much variety in such a small country!

For the first-time visitor to Scotland, trip planning sometimes simply boils down to answering the question ‘How much of Scotland can I see in the time-frame?’

Our answer is ‘probably more than you think’. Take it as read that it’s ultra-safe to drink the water here, ultra-safe to walk around at night and the weather isn’t as bad as you’ve heard. Instead, let’s focus on how even a short vacation can deliver a great experience of this small northern nation on the edge of Europe.

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Trusted Traveler Programs for Faster Border Crossings

Are you a frequent traveler who crosses borders between the United States and Canada or Mexico? Does it waste your precious business time to wait in long lines in order to enter and be approved by the immigration agents in border points? Maybe you should consider getting a trusted traveler program to ease your frequent cross boarder travel problems. However, there is eligibility for it. Here is how it works.

A Trusted Traveler Program allows approved members to easily cross borders between either US & Canada or US & Mexico. This is a U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) approved program. It means that holders of pre-approved ID card under the three trusted traveler programs - NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST - have the privilege of expedited passage between the US & Canada Boarder under NEXUS, US & Mexico Border funder SENTRI, and both in and out of US & Canada and US & Mexico for drivers in the FAST program.

Get more information about Trusted Traveler Programs

Top Tips for International Travelers

1. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!

If you need a passport to travel, you may want to read 16 Tips for Preventing Passport Problems.

2. Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit.

3. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends at home, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

4. Make sure you have insurance that will cover your emergency medical needs while you are overseas.

For help in choosing the best option for your travel needs, read How to Choose International Travel Insurance.

5. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws!

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Travel Tools: The Universal Currency Converter

The Universal Currency Converter®, the world's most popular currency tool, allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.

To start, simply type the amount of source currency in the input box. You may include commas and a decimal point. Next, select the source and destination currencies using the scrolling selection boxes. (Note that there are far more currencies available than the initial five displayed.) When you are finished, push the "Perform Currency Conversion" button, and the results of your conversion will be displayed.

To see how the currency converter works, go to Travel Tools

Trave Alert: Flooding in Central and Lower Parts of Northern Thailand

This Travel Alert is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to difficulties related to travel in the flood-affected areas of the central and lower parts of northern Thailand, including Bangkok. Severe flooding has hampered transportation and limited access to some essential services in the affected regions. The U.S. Department of State recommends against all but essential travel to these areas of Thailand. This Alert extends only to the areas of Thailand listed in the following paragraph. Most tourist destinations, such as Phuket and Chiang Mai, are unaffected by the current flooding. Bangkok’s main international airport, Suvarnabhumi, is operating normally.

A series of particularly strong seasonal storms with exceptionally heavy rainfall have produced extensive flooding throughout many provinces in Thailand, causing significant damage and loss of life. The flood waters are now affecting central and lower parts of northern Thailand. The affected areas include metropolitan Bangkok and 20 additional provinces: Sukhothai, Pichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singhburi, Angthong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Lopburi, Sara Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Pracheen Buri, Chacherngsao, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Kamphang Peth, and Tak.

The flooding is becoming more widespread in the outer Bangkok Metropolitan area. It is possible that portions of inner Bangkok may become flooded, particularly in areas along the Chao Phraya River. There are reports of shortages of bottled water and selected food items within the Bangkok metropolitan area, and it is possible that transportation and electric power could be disrupted. It is unclear how long these conditions will last, and U.S. citizens living in flood-affected areas should follow the advice of local authorities, monitor local media, and refer to the U.S. Embassy web page for specific information.

In many flooded areas surface transportation has either been suspended or diverted to other areas. Portions of highways are closed and bus and train services linking Bangkok with points to the north are suspended and some routes to the northeast have been diverted. Don Muang Airport, which typically handles a number of domestic flights, is closed due to flooding. Flights into and out of Don Muang Airport have either been canceled or diverted to Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok’s main international Airport. We recommend travelers check with their airlines for additional details.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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