Ask the Experts by Aimee Fluitt
Q: When you talk about safety concerns, are you trying to dissuade people from traveling?
A: Absolutely not. In fact, that’s the last thing I want to do. International travel is an enriching, enlightening experience, and I believe everyone should explore the world as much as possible. My goal is simply to encourage everyone to be more knowledgeable of what’s going on around them and more able to plan for the unexpected. There are some things we will talk about in this presentation that are definitely pertinent to domestic travel, too.
Q: What’s the biggest issue American tourists face when traveling?
A: I think it’s all about awareness. American media primarily covers what’s happening within the United States, and generally speaking, we have a tendency to look inwards, but it can be very important to understand what happened in Germany last week or where there will be a protest in Rome tomorrow. If you’re planning a trip, you need some good resources for information, whether you’re the parent of a traveling student or a business traveler. It’s also very important to understand that other governments and legal systems work differently from ours, and of course, all these issues vary from country to country.
I want everyone to enjoy their vacations but understand the need to keep their eyes open, and to stay aware of crime in general. They need to know about avoidance, and what to do should they find themselves in a frightening situation, whether that’s in their hotel, on a street, or in a museum. It’s about finding a balance between having a great time and soaking up another culture, but also staying alert to your surroundings, just as you would if you were exploring unfamiliar city streets here at home.
SAVE the DATE
Security Awareness for the Savvy International Traveler
November 15, 2018
Grosse Pointe Shores Council Room, 795 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores
RSVP online at familycenterweb.org or call The Family Center 313.447.1374.
Aimee Fluitt is a former employee of the FBI and a counterintelligence contractor/trainer for NASA where she developed a required class for federal employees called SAFE (Serving Abroad for Families and Employees). Aimee lives in Grosse Pointe Park and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.