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From Iran to Australia, how American travelers can navigate in times of crisis

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It may seem like an uncomfortable time for Americans to travel overseas. The standoff between the United States and Iran, the political unrest from Hong Kong to South America, and the raging wildfires in Australia, are just a few of the flashpoints.

The stress level dialed up even more this week, as Iran attacked U.S. military bases in Iraq, and a Ukraine International Boeing 737 crashed after takeoff in Iran’s capital.

What steps should travelers take to prepare themselves and their families?

The answer could be as simple as having updated travel documents or the right kind of insurance and making sure loved ones know how to reach you. 

It also could mean knowing where the highest-risk areas are before you book the trip.

“You never know where things can go wrong,” said Karin King, deputy assistant secretary for Overseas Citizen Services.