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 was a writer for syndicated journalist and travel consumer advocate, Chris Elliott at Elliott.org.

Stephanie has several published books. Her newest release, Know Before You Go: Traveling the U.S. and Abroad focuses on preparation and protocol that promotes smart and safe travel. It steps you through the planning phase of travel that is key to a successful trip.

Stephanie has seen the countless challenges travelers have experienced at Elliott.org travel consumer advocacy and while in management at an international corporation. These adversities were either typical bumps in the road or were caused by travelers who got blindsided by the unexpected. Her goal is to keep you informed so you can avoid unnecessary complications when traveling.

As head of the travel department at an international corporation, she also wrote travel books and travel guides for corporate travelers and association members.

When not writing, Stephanie does interior designing.

— Introduction —

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

Traveling is a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and see the world from a new perspective. As you leave the mundane behind, you are transported into a new way of life. Whether you choose to drive down the road or travel the world—the sights you see and the people you meet will have an impact on you.

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 and a whole new set of standards.

Stephanie’s book, along with the up-to-date information on this site, will prepare you for your journey—from planning where to go (including cruise, rail, and flight information), 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, FMA Publishers – for Corporate Travelers

— Handbooks —

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