Here Are The State Department's Tips For Traveling Amid Safety Concerns

Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, airports and train stations are beefing up security.

The State Department has released a bulletin warning Americans to be wary of traveling anywhere in the world following information that "ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions."

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The alert, which is in effect until February 2016, doesn't tell Americans to avoid traveling but it does urge them to: 

 - Follow instructions of local officials

- Be aware of your immediate surroundings in public places or while on transportation

- Avoid large crowds

- "Exercise particular caution" at holiday festivals or events

- Keep up-to-date with media and local information when planning to travel

- Be prepared for additional security screening when traveling

- Stay in touch with family members and ensure they know how to reach you in an emergency

It comes as a Russian fighter jet was blown out of the sky by Turkey, where officials say the aircraft violated its air space.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called it "a stab in the back" by terrorist accomplices.

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