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sara26 sara26 is offline
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Default Thread Title:  Italy to Croatia

I'm planning a semester abroad in Italy and am curious about visiting some of the countries accross the adriatic sea. I imagine there must be ferries that go accross. I'm thinking about visiting croatia, serbia, bosnia, montenegro, etc.

Are these places all relatively safe for US travelers? Do I need to go with a group or is it pretty safe to just go on my own like I would in countries like France and Germany?
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Hey Sara!
There is always safety in numbers and while you can travel alone, I'd feel better about your safety if you were "swimming with a buddy!" You never know what can happen even in the safest places and it's good to have someone with you who knows who you are and where you are. Additionally, you should register with US State Department with a list of the places you will be visiting and the dates of those travels so if there is a problem the US government knows where you are if evacuation is necessary, which is exactly what happened in the Japan nuclear meltdown when the US gov't arranged for evacuation of US citizens. If no one knows where you are it make things a little tougher and certainly no one anticipated what happened in Japan, an otherwise very safe place.

Ferries are a wonderful way to travel! Try to choose newer, faster ferries and splurge on 1st class passage once in a while!

Travel light and get one of those document cases for your passport that you wear under your sweater/blouse/top and where you stash any cash so you're not an easy target for pick-pockets in crowded areas when you are boarding the ferry.

If you remember all the things you learned about staying safe growing up you'll be just fine!
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