The best advice when traveling abroad? The ol' Boy Scout motto of "be prepared." Emergencies can arise anywhere. So whether it's food poisoning from a street vendor in Thailand or your buddy's fistfight at a Parisian club, know how to call for help.
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Dial 311 in the US and Canada for such non-emergency calls as suspicious persons, blocked roads, non-working parking meters, noise complaints.