Safe travel is the number one priority when on vacation this summer. No matter how gorgeous the surroundings, how exotic and delicious the food, and how fascinating the people may be, if you don’t feel secure and cannot be safe while traveling you’ll be wasting both your time and money.
To avoid illness and injury be sure to check the U.S. State Department listings for the countries you plan to visit. Each country is listed individually at their Travel Advisories website at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
These will mostly warn you of any political upheavals that may impact your vacation plans abroad, but they will also mention big natural disasters like volcano eruptions, imminent cyclones and hurricanes, and any large scale epidemics. Don’t ever rely on your travel agent to give you this kind of information — they are in it to make money off of your trips, and may shade the truth or even withhold it from you so they won’t lose a fee.
It’s also a good idea to purchase travel/vacation insurance when you plan a big trip abroad; according to this auto accident lawyer Philadelphia, “this will reimburse you for such things as missed flights, lost baggage, unavoidable hospital stays and medication, and canceled hotel reservations due to overbooking.”