Holiday Travel Tips

On December 22, 2011, in Advice, Travel, by Hyderabad ACS

Are you traveling abroad this holiday season? Make sure you’re prepared for your holiday travel by checking out before you go. is the State Department’s primary location for useful information about travel to other countries. There is information about every country in the world on practical topics, such as entry requirements, road conditions, and safety and security — among other issues. It is also the official source of information for U.S. citizens during emergency situations abroad.

Pick up some quick tips to make your travel easier and safer, and be sure to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive the most current information about the country where you will be traveling or living.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Surviving the Holiday Blues

On December 14, 2011, in Advice, People, by Hyderabad ACS

Expert advice on coping with depression, anxiety this time of year.

FRIDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News): Christmas and other winter holidays are supposed to be a happy time of year, which makes it all the more stressful when they are anything but joyous.

This is the time of the year when people are especially vulnerable to depression, Dr. Angelos Halaris, a psychiatrist with the Loyola University Health System, said in a university news release. Shopping and entertaining can be stressful, while reflecting on lost loved ones can renew feelings of grief. Add to that the turmoil caused by the poor economy. All these things can help depression gain a foothold in certain individuals.

What to do? If you’re feeling extremely depressed and unable to function, consult a mental health professional immediately. Danger signs include two or more weeks of mood problems, crying jags, changes in appetite and energy levels, overwhelming shame or guilt, loss of interest in daily activities, difficulty concentrating and grim thoughts about death or suicide.

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Consular Officers Share Holiday Travel Tips

On December 12, 2011, in Advice, Travel, by Hyderabad ACS

We all know that the holiday season is peak travel time. Although airports will be crowded, that doesn’t have to ruin your holiday travel experience. Whether you are packing your bags for the sunny beaches of the Caribbean or headed to the snowy slopes of Switzerland, we hope you will take advantage of the following tips to help make your holiday travels safe, smooth, and stress-free.

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