Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Travel Alert

Travel alert
As a person who thoroughly enjoys traveling, I am often checking various sites for any new travel alert that I may need to be aware of. I've had to reschedule some of my travel plans in the past because of a new travel alert or security reasons. However, I am thankful for the government posting travel alerts, as travelers can avoid some uncomfortable and unfortunate situations.
A travel alert can be posted for a number of reasons. Perhaps there is a storm brewing in a certain part of the world that could wreak havoc on islands or countries. You certainly would want to know if there is a hurricane that could cause some chaos for your vacation destination. If a terror alert is elevated or something disturbing is taking place in another country that you are destined for or traveling through, a travel alert will advise you on the situation. Terror attacks are becoming more common and concerning in almost every corner of the world right now. Often times, governments will intercept information that a terror attack is in the works or likely to occur, and a travel alert will be issued to those who may be wanting to travel there. After hearing the alert, it will be up to the traveler to decide whether or not it is worth the risk.
Since 9/11 and recent threats of terrorism, security at the airports have become stricter. Lines to pass through security and wait for flights have become lengthier. I stand in those long lines quite frequently and listen to all of the others complaining. Perhaps they arrived late and are annoyed at being detained for security reasons, wishing they could dash to their gate. Or, maybe they just hate waiting in lines and don't understand why this is taking place. To those people, I'd like to say to relax. I'd much rather wait in line for twice as long and know that I will be safer on my flight that being rushed through. All you have to do is see a travel alert mentioning terrorism and you should understand why lots of precautions are taking place. It is definitely a shame that this is what the world has come to, but that's just the way it will be now.
Currently, there is a travel alert for January of 2007. Passports will be needed for almost all travel to any destination in the world. There are a few countries that are exempt but honestly, I think that people should go ahead and get one. I just don't know why they have to be so expensive. If they're becoming mandatory, then lower the fees so that they are more affordable to people.
If you're planning on doing any upcoming travel, always check for a travel alert of any kind before departing. It could save you a lot of grief and perhaps even save your life.