Top 10 Tips for Traveling Abroad

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.

2. Read the Public Announcements or Travel Warnings for the countries you plan to visit.

3. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, the U.S. Constitution does not follow you! While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.

4. Make 2 copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

5. Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

6. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas. Do not accept packages from strangers.

7. Prior to your departure, you should register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website. Registration will make your presence and whereabouts known in case it is necessary to contact you in an emergency.

8. To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.

9. In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.

10. If you get into trouble, contact the nearest U.S. embassy.

Source: LuggageSource.com

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Thompson Leads Giuliani by 4 pts.

Republican Presidential Primary Contenders

Jun. 21 Jun. 14 Jun. 7
Fred Thompson 27% 28% 24%
Rudy Giuliani 23% 27% 24%
Mitt Romney 12% 10% 11%
John McCain 11% 10% 11%
Mike Huckabee 3% 2% n.a.
Sam Brownback 2% n.a.

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 587 likely Republican primary voters, conducted from Jun. 18 to Jun. 21, 2007. Margin of error is 4 per cent.

Hillary Leads Obama by 12 pts.

Democratic Presidential Primary Contenders

Jun. 21 Jun. 14 Jun. 7
Hillary Rodham Clinton 37% 38% 37%
Barack Obama 25% 27% 25%
John Edwards 13% 16% 11%
Bill Richardson 4% 3% n.a.
Joe Biden 4% 2% n.a.
Dennis Kucinich 3% 1% n.a.
Chris Dodd 1% 1% n.a.
Mike Gravel 1% n.a.

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 763 likely Democratic primary voters, conducted from Jun. 18 to Jun. 21, 2007. Margin of error is 4 per cent.

Germany: Conservatives Continue to Hold 9 pt. Lead

What party would you vote for in the next federal election?

Jun. 21 Jun. 13 Jun. 6
Christian-Democratic Union
Bavarian Christian-Social (CDU-CSU)
38% 38% 37%
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 29% 29% 31%
Green Party (Grune) 10% 11% 11%
Left Party (Linke) 10% 9% 9%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 9% 9% 9%

Source: Infratest-Dimap
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 German voters, conducted on Jun. 20 and Jun. 21, 2007. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

CNN Poll: Hillary Has Small Lead Over Top 3 Republicans

Possible match-ups – 2008 U.S. presidential election John McCain (R) 47% – 49% Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)
Rudy Giuliani (R) 48% – 49% Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)
Fred Thompson (R) 46% – 50% Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) Source: Opinion Research Corporation / CNN
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 907 registered American voters, conducted from Jun. 22 to Jun. 24, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.