If you're planning a trip overseas this summer, you'll want to know this -- the U.S. has issued a travel alert for Europe, citing the continued threat of terrorist attacks.
Western allies and their American visitors remain potential targets by Isis and al-Qaeda.
Americans are encouraged to register with the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program before they leave – to get updates on potential trouble spots delivered to their phone.
That's just one step to stay safe, says security and terrorism expert Kevin Mellott. He tells NewsRadio 740 you should exchange your money to local currency as soon as you arrive – to call less attention to yourself, as well as to protect yourself from petty crime.
Mellott also says to be mindful of your surroundings.
The State Department’s alert is not from a specific threat, but an ongoing risk of attacks. It runs through August.