This summer, my husband and I are headed to Ireland for our first overseas trip together. In fact, nether of us have ever been out of the country, so we’ve been researching just about every topic we can think of regarding travel abroad.

While we’re not headed to a war torn or underdeveloped country, we still want to make sure that we’re aware of any travel or weather warnings that might make our trip less enjoyable or difficult. That’s when we found the STEP program for U.S. citizens.

STEP Program protects travelers

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The benefits of enrolling in the STEP program are to help travelers stay updated about any safety concerns in your destination country and will help the U.S. Embassy contact you if there is an emergency, whether it’s weather, safety, or family related.

Should there arise an emergency at home while you’re traveling, registering with the STEP program makes it much easier for your family to be able to contact you.

To register before your trip, visit the STEP website and create an account. It’s free!

About Author

Dusty is the editor of As Mom Sees It, a family lifestyle and travel site. She is a wife and mother of two in Ohio.

Dusty has been featured on ABC, on Mom Talk Radio and in iBlog Magazine. Her creations have been featured on Craftgawker, DIY Weddings, and in 2013, As Mom Sees It was named one of the Top 50 New Product Review Sites by Cision.

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