I have never done this before, and it may seem silly BUT
I have registered with the U.S. State Department’s “Safe Travel” programme for my upcoming trip to Vietnam, Jan 26th –Feb 10th.
Therefore: In any emergency the State Department will contact my youngest brother Martyn in the U.K. (and I will provide Martyn with a list of my USA contacts).
It seems prudent to do this.
For when I travelled to Ecuador I was linked with my friends Chris and Trish Morck who (then) lived in Quito.
And when I visited Australia I had contact with my former Cambridge colleague Dr. Andrew McGowan who lives and works in Melbourne.
But I do not know a soul in Vietnam.
So: if I break a limb, or get sick, or shuck off this mortal coil when I am in Vietnam - there will be a way to notify Martyn – and a way for him to contact my American friends.
Thank goodness for the U.S. State Dept, (and get well soon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton).