February 11, 2007 |
NO one expects to get sick on vacation. But some travelers fall ill or become injured while away from home, some severely enough to require medical care. Carrying your medical information can increase the chances of getting effective treatment, experts say, because the doctor at your destination can familiarize himself quickly with it. What information should you have? It depends on your health status, said Drs. Kathleen Cowling, an emergency physician at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Mich.
January 24, 1999 |
Middle East Yemen: Americans were warned to defer travel to Yemen, and officials there reported a substantial drop in tourism because of the killings of four Western tourists on Dec. 29. The three Britons and an Australian died during a shootout as Yemeni troops tried to rescue 16 hostages from Islamic extremists in Abyan province, about 175 miles southeast of Sana, the capital.
June 22, 1997 |
Western Europe As masses of Americans begin summer trips to Europe, the State Department has some cautionary advice for travelers headed for some of the more popular countries: Britain: It has been a year since the last major Irish Republican Army attack in England, but terrorism remains a possibility. Although Americans are not targeted, they might be affected. Violent crime is relatively rare in Britain. Burglars and pickpockets, however, are very active in London and other large cities.
February 28, 1999 |
Worldwide Violent demonstrations erupted across Europe earlier this month after fugitive Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan, who had been hiding in the Greek Embassy in Kenya, was taken into Turkish custody and flown to Turkey. Three of Ocalan's supporters were killed as thousands of Kurdish demonstrators clashed with police and stormed Greek, Kenyan, Israeli and U.N. diplomatic sites in nearly two dozen cities.
July 27, 1997 |
Asia Cambodia: Following a violent change of government, the State Department posted a warning on Cambodia, advising Americans not to travel there and urging those already in the country to leave. Nonessential U.S. Embassy staff and dependents of embassy employees were ordered out. Two dozen Oklahoma college students who had traveled to Cambodia to teach English were evacuated to Thailand. The temple complex at Angkor Wat, a major tourist magnet, was deserted.
January 28, 2001 |
Asia Sri Lanka: A fatal attack on a group of foreign tourists has undercut Sri Lanka's efforts to attract tourism in one area even while its army battles rebels in others. Late last month, gunmen believed to be army deserters raided a beach resort in Hungama, on the southwest coast about 120 miles south of Colombo, killing a German man, raping a woman and holding a dozen German tourists at gunpoint for several hours.
September 21, 1997 |
Americans love "Best of . . ." lists, but there is a big one that most of us have never heard of. Luckily, it's readily available on the Internet's World Wide Web, but you should by all means avoid it if you have a pressing appointment or if it's near bedtime. The World Heritage List is a site to get lost in for hours. It's the ultimate digital locale for daydreaming.
January 23, 2000 |
Latin America Mexico: Accusing foreign visitors of meddling in local politics, the Mexican government has brought deportation proceedings against 43 foreigners, including 34 Americans, who took part in New Year's celebrations sponsored by Zapatista rebels in troubled Chiapas state. Twelve of the foreigners have been ordered out of the country, and hearings will be held for the remaining 31. The celebration, attended by U.S.
March 28, 1999 |
Africa Uganda: The murders of eight foreign tourists on a gorilla-watching trek in Uganda's Bwindi National Park earlier this month cast a chill over Ugandan "adventure tourism" and touched off warnings about the risks of traveling there. Two Americans from Oregon were among those massacred by Rwanda-based terrorists who, according to U.S. officials, were intent on scaring visitors away from Uganda, which depends heavily on tourist income.
June 24, 2001 |
Nepal: This Himalayan kingdom has been destabilized by the slayings of its king and queen and several other members of the royal family by Crown Prince Dipendra, who then fatally wounded himself. The State Department "strongly recommends" that Americans put off traveling there for the time being, and Britain has issued a similar warning to its citizens.