Are you going to be in New York City this weekend? Consider heading to the Jacob A. Javitz Convention Center for the New York Times Travel Show January 27–29! The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs will have a booth (#862) set up to answer your overseas travel questions.
Karen Christensen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Services, will represent the Bureau of Consular Affairs. In addition to answering questions at the Department’s table, she will participate in a number of events and sessions to share important travel information.
On Saturday, January 28 she and Michael Hoffman, Director of the New York Passport Agency, will participate in a “Meet the Experts” session. During this session, they will answer questions about travel preparedness, passport processing, and safety while abroad.
On Sunday, January 29, Deputy Assistant Secretary Christensen will lead a panel discussion focused on being prepared for unexpected circumstances during international travel, such as when natural disasters strike. She will join co-panelists Russell Hannon, author of “Stop Dreaming Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More and Spending Less” and Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country in the world.
Making sure American citizens have access to the latest international travel information and safety resources is at the heart of the State Department’s mission. That’s why we’re excited to have a presence at the travel show again this year. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, planning your first trip to visit or study abroad, or interested in general travel safety tips, we hope to see you there.
Follow @TravelGov for tweets from the panel or stop by booth #862 any time during the show for answers to your passport and international travel questions!
About the Author: Alyssa Zalenski serves as Digital Engagement Advisor in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.