The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service of the U.S. State Department that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling outside of the country to enroll their trip witht he nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
Dora * was traveling in India when she began to feel ill. Her condition deteriorated very quickly and she was taken to a local hospital. Upon arriving at the emergency room, she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
Before traveling to another country, you should contact your health insurance company to find out if your policy provides coverage outside of the United States and if so, what is covered.
When traveling internationally, it is important to have some cash in the currency of the country you are visiting, especially in countries where paying via credit or debit card has not been universally embraced. It's also much easier to pay in cash at small shops, for transportation, and for tipping.