Know Before You Go:

Traveling the U.S. and Abroad

Information before Destination

Stephanie Patterson


Photo of me on Facebook(1)(1)Stephanie is a published book author, travel columnist, and writer for syndicated journalist and travel consumer advocate, Chris Elliott at Elliott.org.

Know Before You Go: Traveling the U.S. and Abroad focuses on preparation and protocol that promotes smart and safe travel.

Stephanie has seen the countless challenges travelers have faced at Elliott.org travel consumer advocacy and while in management at an international corporation. These dilemmas were either typical bumps in the road, or caused by travelers who were blindsided by the unexpected.

Stephanie has several published books, and was the director of an international corporation where she headed up the travel department. There, she wrote travel books and handbooks for corporate travelers and members of the association.

Stephanie’s newest book release, Know Before You Go: Traveling the U.S. and Abroad, steps you through the planning phase of travel that is key to a successful trip.

When not writing, Stephanie enjoys interior designing.

— Introduction —

Know Before You Go: Traveling the U.S. and Abroad

Traveling opens the door for you to step outside your “box” and see the world from a new perspective. For that treasured amount of time, you get to leave behind the mundane and get transported into a new way of life with sights that are beyond your expectations. Whether you choose to drive down the road or travel the world—it’ll create a lasting impression.

But there’s also the practical side of travel—getting through the exhaustive security measures at airports, entry/exit requirements of foreign countries, safety and health aspects from being exposed to new environments—and finally, what your budget says you can afford.

You don’t have to let those “necessary evils” steal the excitement of your travels.  Oftentimes you spend two or more days just traveling to and from your destination and several days/weeks in preparation. This somewhat daunting part of travel can be made easy.

Stepping outside the United States means parking what is familiar at the border and preparing for a new culture.

Stephanie’s book, along with the up-to-date information on this site, will prepare you for your journey—from planning where to go, how to save money and avoid unnecessary fees, packing, unusual lodging options, staying healthy and safe, insurance needs, saving on airfare, and much more. It provides insight for those traveling with children, pets, health issues or disabilities, and for our honorable soldiers in the military.

You can enjoy a standout trip by knowing what to plan for before you go.

— Published Books —

Know Before You Go:  Traveling the U.S. and Abroad – New Release – Editorial Review:  Awarded 5 Stars                                   

Living Life with a SmileGoose River Press

Potty Training Is Fun!  – Simon & Simon, Children’s Book – Illustrated by award-winning designer, Debra Strout – Awarded 5 Stars for “Readers’ Favorite”

Journeys of the Lost and Found  – Goose River Press Anthology 2012

A Travel Handbook: Traveling the U.S. and OverseasCo-author D’Ann Hamilton, The Croydon Group, Ltd. – For the Corporate Traveler

— Handbooks —

  • A Disaster Preparedness Manual
  • Safety Guidelines
  • A Key to Ergonomics in the Workplace
  • Traveling the U.S. and Overseas

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