Land of the midnight sun and the Northern Lights, Finland is the ideal destination for nature lovers. From Aruba to Zambia, here is the list of places U.S. citizens can still visit. The one way I'd have of defining Cap-Haitien is: I can tell you how it is, but you can't imagine what it's like. Below you’ll find the 5 safest countries for solo female travel. Many European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand, have incredibly high costs of living. My friend let me tell you my country is as safe as any other country out there! I'm not sure if that is still the case now, with ISIS and all. Afghanistan, by your statistics, is a lot more dangerous than prostate cancer. It's not tourism for them, it's a job, they have something to go back home to. May 9, 2017 . Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year around the world, on average 3,287 deaths a day, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel ().In the U.S. that number is 37,000. I think the biggest drawback to travelling to a "safe" region of a dangerous country is it can be difficult to predict whether or not a conflict will spread to other regions. Written by Stephen Gollan. Some others I had in mind were Mexico, Russia (I'm guessing this depends on which part), and some of the other middle eastern countries. It was also some kind of holiday and I naively couldn't differentiate the protesting from the partying/celebrations. I was also curious about Iraq and Syria specifically. It depends where you go, what you are doing there, and how well you monitor the situation. La Gran Sabana area is gorgeous. The other commenters are pretty much accurate here: you don't want to mess with regions associated with active conflicts. I've been to some 'dangerous' countries (Syria, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somaliland, Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, etc), but other than Afghanistan none were active war zones at the time. Ultimately most of these places are fairly normal, but your research and precautions can be quite extensive. If you’re dead-set on moving Down Under for any length of time, for example, that $10,000 you saved up over the past two years unfortunately isn’t going to get you very far. Is it pickpocketing that’s a problem (… However, crimes are also what you should take into consideration as well when it comes to dangerous countries. Up to 50 million are injured or disabled globally; most of the victims are between 15 and 44 years of age. On what planet is a one-in-20 chance of being tortured and decapitated a "very low" chance. The news over here in the U.S. is talking about ISIS just about every day, makes it seem like if you were to travel to Iraq you'd have a greater than 50% chance of being kidnapped or killed. So felt fairly normal overall. I took a 14 hour bus from Caracas to Santa Elena de Uairen at the border with Brazil (waiting for a visa) and all I did was stare out the window. There's Lemmenjoki National Park, the largest wooded reserve in Europe, and multiple other wild areas, including the region with the greatest number of lakes in Europe. Old ruins in Palmyra, markets in Aleppo and Damascus, etc. I see a lot of people on the fence about their planned travels. For sure, the region there is unstable, and there's a higher-than-typical risk of something happening; the U.S. State Department has a travel warning issued for Israel. Don’t be scared of the food when you travel! I'd rather go and chill at the beach and check out the sights without having to think about avoiding areas or being harassed for my money. I’ve been to Pakistan but I don’t consider it to be on the same level as the other countries you mentioned. I visited Myanmar, for example, and had a fantastic time. Seems like these can be ok if you are well prepared and smart about it. I occasionally hear from readers about how dangerous certain countries are. So, has anyone here been to these places, if so what were they like? #1 India. If you stay away from that region, there's a good chance you'll be fine. The Libya visit was in 2017. Here’s a breakdown of what those levels mean: 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions 2 - Exercise Increased Caution 3 - Reconsider Travel 4 - Do Not Travel. I think journalists like Anderson Cooper or Christian Amanpour are great example of this. As a new year of travel planning begins, the U.S. State Department has cautioned people not to travel to 10 countries around the world. For the most part those perceptions are not based on facts but the experiences of the people writing. I don't know. Clickbait, spam, memes, ads, brochures, classifieds, surveys or self-promotion will be removed. But obviously I can't/shouldn't. For good reason. Afghanistan felt like the only iffy one, but the military presence there is more noticeable.. going in and out of the airport there were 3-4 layers of security, the airplanes do looping circles when landing/departing, etc. You know not to plan a vacation for North Korea or Iraq, but there are still plenty of desirable locations where the traveling can be tricky—or downright deadly. I'm not trying to shame you. Egypt. Also certain parts of Africa. Some parts of Africa are also some of the very few places he needed constant armed bodyguards. The Red Sea resorts in Egypt should be fine. Which places were cool/unique/had something special about them? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Travel photography addict | 40 countries | BEL/CH/NL, Wandering the world but still call Australia home. Read through our … But perhaps because the threat has existed for so long, it seems less immediate. You are all talking about regions being unsafe - Can anyone tell me which regions of African countries, that are unsafe? Other major cities that frequently show up in conservative travel warnings about are no big deal at all - if you keep your wits about you and exercise basic precautions, most people will have a safe experience in Rio de Janeiro, Bogota or Cape Town. Now in its 12th year, the Travel Risk Map is an interactive tool produced by security specialists at International SOS.It is used to predict the safest and, conversely, the least safe countries in the world. Lovely people, unbelievably good food, and the scenery is stunning. The news over here in the U.S. is talking about ISIS just about every day, makes it seem like if you were to travel to Iraq you'd have a greater than 50% chance of being kidnapped or killed. What would you like to know? I've been trying to visit since 2006 but have been unlucky on timing. International travelers should refer to guidance published by the CDC and check the CDC's COVID-19 travel recommendations by destination. Listing the safe countries in Africa may be a shorter list. So before I go on, I want to make it clear that I'm not actually planning on going to any of these places in the near future. Reconsider travel to Niger due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The peaceful protest didn't make the news back home. He stayed for a week, had a fixer and was able to see a lot of Kabul that way. First, scope out the U.S. State Department websitefor travel advisories and check in with your company’s risk-assessment department (though know that it may err toward overstating the dangers). Personally, I feel like the travelers who intentionally go to active warzones just to visit (as opposed to being a journalist, aid worker, etc) as being really into the dick-measuring aspect of traveling, i.e. It also works the other way - for a while, Kurdistan, Iraq was pretty safe and stable compared to Iraq as a whole. Obviously not all of Africa is dangerous, but we in the west definitely don't have any understanding what's it's like there. Seems like it's unanimous that the iraq/syria thing is a 'no-go' zone. I nstead of relying on hearsay and anecdotes from other travelers, we took a deep look at LGBTQ+ rights, country by country. It's not on the list but I've been to Haiti and Mozambique. TRAVELING TO DANGEROUS places is controversial. I am a Pakistani national. Hey :) of OPs list I've personally been to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somaliland, Libya, South Sudan and going to Yemen this week. It's not a 50% chance of something bad happening if you cross paths with ISIS, it's 100%. I didn't notice much war damage, it was fairly limited in scope to some government buildings and airfields. Ghana is supposed to be relatively safe. A study of the world’s most dangerous countries for LGBTQ+ travel reveals the good, the average and the utterly grotesque. While you may certainly travel to these countries but we would recommend you take extra caution. And we got yelled at by a guard for taking photos of women's dresses in a mall. The non-ISIS areas of Iraq have a less than 100% chance, but it's still very high - high enough for the country to be very far from a good travel destination. It is modern yet has many historical sights to view. Pakistan has the old Mughal palaces and tombs in Lahore, the Khewra salt mines (where 'Himalayan' pink salt comes from). Same for Syria, when did you go? Your pictures, questions, stories, or any good content is welcome. India is crazy, and not everyone can handle solo travel there; but it's not a particularly dangerous country, even for … I arranging trips to these places for a living so can give you tips? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot attest to the accuracy of a non-federal website. Any war torn country isn't worth visiting for fun, wait until things settle and then go. I know the media portrays it as a crime filled country but everybody here knows that our media is exaggerating stuff, the stuff that is present in many countries! It's a numbers game. When were you in Iraq? I guess my questions is... Is it really like 50% of something bad happening in one of these countries? Clickbait, spam, memes, ads, brochures, classifieds, surveys or self-promotion will be removed. Ask thoughtful (read: not paranoid) questions to find out what the risks in the area really are. Just as travel can be affordable, it can also be extremely expensive. Hell they even had a Cinnabon there. These are also countries that many travelers desperately want to visit. Spain: 212.04 Yemen has the unique 'wedding cake' style architecture in the buildings in old Sanaa, Socotra had amazing landscapes with the dragons blood and bottle trees. Next article Exploring the Yarlung Valley, Tibet. Up to 50 million are injured or disabled globally; most of the victims are between 15 and 44 years of age. For 2020, the most dangerous, extreme-risk countries are mostly located in Africa and the Middle East, including places like Libya, Syria, Iraq, … Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year around the world, on average 3,287 deaths a day, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel ().In the U.S. that number is 37,000. Here is a few things to consider: Is the country you are travelling to a dangerous destination? Read through our … The State Department says many areas of the Central African Republic are currently controlled by armed groups who regularly kidnap, hurt, and even kill civilians. It's very unique. So I'd like to run through some common talking points I see about travel at this moment. Though most of the visits were pre-war or problems (Syria in 2011, Yemen in 2013, Mali in 2010, Venezuela in 2009, etc). Obviously when/ where you go is everything, and I wouldn't say I have been anywhere insanely dangerous but I went to El Salvador against the advice of my parents and really liked it. In our travel information, we warn people not to visit certain high-risk countries and areas both because of local conditions and because we are limited in our ability to provide consular services in those places. For example, in Myanmar in 2012 it was unwise to visit almost all the border regions because of several different internal conflicts, but I was quite safe on the tourist route. Similarly, if you're considerate and respectful, you're likely to enjoy exploring Iran thanks to the extremely gracious hospitality of the people there. According to a survey carried out by Trip by Skyscanner, the most dangerous country in the world for women right now is Egypt. On May 31, 2019, a 21-year-old American woman named Lexie Alford stepped foot in North Korea, becoming — as she claims — the youngest person to travel … Why it's so dangerous: Despite travel warnings, a record 35 million international travelers visited Mexico in 2016, up 9% over the previous year. I studied each region before travelling to be aware of the conflicts and their localities. I wouldn't do anything that has a 1-5% chance of me being horribly tortured and killed. The people who do this kind of work best are not who you think - not the bleeding hearts and adrenaline seekers who burn out quick. I do the research, then apply common-sense security techniques as I wander solo. A Reddit thread asked people who are not from the US to share tell-tale signs that tourists are from America aside from their accents. We have every terrain in out country! As an obvious foreigner, you represent a pretty valuable negotiation token for the combatants, and running that risk for a vacation simply isn't worth it. Mali was unique with Dogon country villages, the salt markets in Mopti, and going overland to Timbuktu and back. North of the Kurdish line of control you don't have much to worry about, except during quite rare flare-ups. Why it's so dangerous: Despite travel warnings, a record 35 million international travelers visited Mexico in 2016, up 9% over the previous year. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I went to Haiti specifically for the biggest castle in the Americas, the Citadelle Laferriere. It seems now and the last few years are not exactly the best timing, but otherwise I've heard great things about Syria. I was in Venezuela in 2014 - stability of the country wasn't the same situation as it is today, but it was when the 2014 protests were happening. r/travel is a community about exploring the world. Think about it. But I'd like you to make as informed and honest a decision as possible. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Right now, violent crimes such as armed robbery, battery, and homicide are common in the country. On the island of Barbados, which is the most dangerous country in the Caribbean for gay travelers. Its colors are black, white, and orange-red. Does anyone with experience know how true this is? Surprised you put Pakistan in the same category as the others. I was with a local in Caracas who later told me that we were in the middle of a protest, but I just didn't realize it. Finland is one of the safest … We bring 10 most dangerous countries in the World for women. For example, you mention Sudan - Northern Sudan is fine, safe, and actually gets a decent amount of tourists (well relatively speaking) but Darfur (Western Sudan) obviously is a different story and Southern Sudan is hopeful for the future but not right now. I used a tour company in Kabul to arrange the trip. You just need to be with people who know the area, don't make yourself a target, and have an exit plan. It's far more developed than we realize, but also very unstable. The Most Dangerous Countries to Travel to in 2017 . Press J to jump to the feed. 1. You know not to plan a vacation for North Korea or Iraq, but there are still plenty of desirable locations where the traveling can be tricky—or downright deadly. The only people in my large and usually popular hostel was a reporter, some american dad and his kid who apparently were running from the wife or something (he was trying to find a job and paying the hostel a few bucks to basically daycare this 7 year old...hmm), and a wild Danish girl (I think she ONLY liked to go to sketchy places), she proved to be super great to hang out with though, despite being a blatant target for harrasment (which I only saw verbal which was annoying even though it wasnt directed at me...), she spoke arabic and got guys to fuck off pretty fast and made for a nice "tour guide" and helped me not get ripped off in the markets lol. I nstead of relying on hearsay and anecdotes from other travelers, we took a deep look at LGBTQ+ rights, country by country. Which ones are worth visiting if they were safer?Thanks. April 5, 2018 8 min read 4 comments. You learn the lay of the land, and you do as the Romans do. 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