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Reading Time: 2 minutes When preparing for a trip, it’s not our first instinct to consider that a medical emergency may arise. But spending some moments ahead of a trip may help your travel companions, loved ones at home and medical providers better help you in the event of emergency.

In this post we outline what resources we used during a medical emergency, one that required surgery abroad.

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Below is a list of ideas about the kinds of mementos we’ve brought home from our travels that we still value today.

Across the world we’ve talked to local shopkeepers who caution that many items that used to be produced in-country are now being outsourced. Do take care in understanding where your products are being made, and where possible, support local producers.

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Different countries in Europe have different visa requirements. Prior to departure, understand whether you are responsible for obtaining a visa to enter a particular country.

This article describes what the Schengen Area is, how it relates to the European Union, and will help you determine whether you need to apply for a visa prior to arrival.