Traveling This Summer?

Make Your Plans and Stay Safe When Traveling This Summer

Connecticut Fun! A Nutmeg Staycation

Connecticut offers a plethora of vacation options, as demonstrated in the Connecticut, Still Revolutionary campaign from CTVisit. Of course, I must start with the Connecticut State Library and The Museum of Connecticut History.  Here you can walk through Connecticut’s government, military and industrial history via the Museum’s exhibits and scavenger hunt.  The library has many collections to satisfy your interest in history & genealogy, government information, or law and legislation.

The Offices of Culture and Tourism site can inform you about CTVisit events and other events in the arts, like summer institute.  Try the CT.Gov portal link for Visiting and see all your state has to offer; from Recreation & Activities to State Parks & ForestsTravel Resources links out to Traffic Cams, airports, bike paths, public transportation, and more.  CTVisit site includes more than just state run places.  There is an interactive map, quick searches for places to stay and events to attend.  You can order The Visitor’s Guide or send an e-postcard.  If stumped or overwhelmed by all Connecticut has to offer, try 5 Things to Add to Your Connecticut Summer Bucket List! 

Whatever you choose, let’s see No Child Left Inside.

Traveling Within the USA?

The USA.Gov portal offers resources on Travel, Transportation, and Recreation, with a section on travel safety. Also included are tips for traveling by car, air, and rail. Interested in historic places or are you more of the recreation and tourism type? Either way, you will find links to federal and state agency resources to help plan your trip. You can find state travel & tourism sites or state natural resource sites.  Visit a National Park. or take a look at Recreation.Gov. NOAA might have the nautical charts you want.

Heading Out of the Country?

The U.S. Department State has a number of useful resources for people traveling outside of the United States, with Travel.State.gov being the best place to start. Here you can access Current Travel Warnings, Tips for Traveling Abroad, passport and visa information, and so much more. Country Specific Information offers more detailed information, such as “the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices; whether you need a visa; crime and security information; health and medical conditions; drug penalties; and localized hot spots.” You can register with Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which was previously called the Registration With Embassies Program. Free Smart Traveler App is the “official State Department app for U.S. travelers. The app invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.” The mobile site is an alternative if there isn’t a version for your device.

The Department of Homeland Security offers web pages for people coming to visit the United States.

The USA.Gov portal has a collection of useful sites for international travel and visiting the United States.