Clickbait, spam, memes, ads, brochures, classifieds, surveys or self-promotion will be removed. the actual odds of being abducted or anything like that were still very low (like 1%-5%). 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. Up to 50 million are injured or disabled globally; most of the victims are between 15 and 44 years of age. I'm unlikely to visit places like Iraq and Syria for the reasons you point out above, and yet I don't feel quite the same way about Israel. I've got colleagues who've been to CAR and nearly everywhere on your list. Didn't feel unsafe at any time though there were bombings a few days before and after we were there. Finland is one of the safest … Your pictures, questions, stories, or any good content is welcome. The other commenters are pretty much accurate here: you don't want to mess with regions associated with active conflicts. Ultimately most of these places are fairly normal, but your research and precautions can be quite extensive. The rest of the Middle East should generally be fine, Syria and Iraq are not. 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. Caroline Lupini. You also need a strong stomach. Still, if you don't know what you're doing, most of Iraq and all of Syria are a bad idea. Afghanistan, by your statistics, is a lot more dangerous than prostate cancer. If you plan to travel across the globe, make sure you explore somewhere safe. /u/MickeyFinns is someone who's been to some of these places and may choose to speak to them. These are also countries that many travelers desperately want to visit. Syria had amazing food and history and architecture. So far I haven't been mugged or abducted in 50+ countries. 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. According to World Bank Data, 9 of the top 30 most dangerous countries for tourists, including #1 Pakistan, #5 El Salvador and #9 Honduras in the top 10, have seen an increase in the homicide rate over the most recent year for which data is available. Even if it is as low as a 1-5% chance that you'll be abducted, do you really want to take those odds? Obviously not all of Africa is dangerous, but we in the west definitely don't have any understanding what's it's like there. Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America - these regions and more have plenty of countries where you're much more likely to suffer a serious problem than in India. Likewise Afghanistan outside Kabul or without knowledgeable escorts. The 5 safest countries for women traveling alone. Let’s review some steps you can implement to keep yourself as safe as possible while traveling in or through a dangerous country. Rather than countries I think it's more about regions. I was also curious about Iraq and Syria specifically. Which places were cool/unique/had something special about them? 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. India is crazy, and not everyone can handle solo travel there; but it's not a particularly dangerous country, even for … For good reason. Many European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand, have incredibly high costs of living. Clickbait, spam, memes, ads, brochures, classifieds, surveys or self-promotion will be removed. It may also depend on your own government's rules. This. So I'd like to run through some common talking points I see about travel at this moment. I arranging trips to these places for a living so can give you tips? According to a survey carried out by Trip by Skyscanner, the most dangerous country in the world for women right now is Egypt. When were you in Iraq? April 5, 2018 8 min read 4 comments. The State Depart… In fact, eating strange new foods can be a highlight for many people on their adventures around the world. You are all talking about regions being unsafe - Can anyone tell me which regions of African countries, that are unsafe? A friend of mine (American) took a trip to Afghanistan about two years ago. We want you to know the danger of traveling to high-risk places and to … Your pictures, questions, stories, or any good content is welcome. It was also some kind of holiday and I naively couldn't differentiate the protesting from the partying/celebrations. Kurdistan is not a good idea right now, just due to the proximity of dangerous areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Niger due to COVID-19. Precautions can be taken and risk can be mitigated - but it takes resources, and unless you're Anthony Bourdain you're probably looking at an insurmountable level of difficulty to arrange it all. You'll probably be able to bank on everyone else's fear and get a sweet deal on a beach holiday as well. You learn the lay of the land, and you do as the Romans do. I think to survive in these situations you need a whole lot of charm, a little humility, and a certain brash confidence in yourself. They actually disdain disaster tourists. Clickbait, spam, memes, ads, brochures, classifieds, surveys or self-promotion will be removed. Just as travel can be affordable, it can also be extremely expensive. Even if you're well-informed of the situation in that country, some rebels can shoot someone or set off a bomb in what was once considered a "safe" city and you could suddenly and unexpectedly be at grave risk. 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. I don't know. Of course, this is just a few of the countries where travelers are recommended to avoid anywhere from all travel to just non-essential travel. Finland is one of the safest countries in Europe to travel alone, and one of the safest countries for women to travel alone! 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. 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. Clickbait, spam, memes, ads, brochures, classifieds, surveys or self-promotion will be removed. I've been to all of them. Seems like these can be ok if you are well prepared and smart about it. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. 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. 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. Not surprisingly, 4 of the 5 are in located in Western Europe. 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. 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. It's not on the list but I've been to Haiti and Mozambique. Or, perhaps you have booked a trip only to discover that the US Department of State had issued a travel warning for your destination. Here is a few things to consider: Is the country you are travelling to a dangerous destination? It's not a 50% chance of something bad happening if you cross paths with ISIS, it's 100%. Does anyone with experience know how true this is? You simply cannot win. 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. Also the cinnabon comment had me dying lol. TRAVELING TO DANGEROUS places is controversial. Some parts of Africa are also some of the very few places he needed constant armed bodyguards. We have every terrain in out country! Previous article Traveling the Karakoram Highway, Kashgar to Pakistan. You just need to be with people who know the area, don't make yourself a target, and have an exit plan. I wouldn't do anything that has a 1-5% chance of me being horribly tortured and killed. 2019-04-25T20:28:04Z ... even in countries where tipping is … North of the Kurdish line of control you don't have much to worry about, except during quite rare flare-ups. A study of the world’s most dangerous countries for LGBTQ+ travel reveals the good, the average and the utterly grotesque. My biggest complaint was that I was now the main (nearly only) target for all those annoying tourist-based-scammer type of people... who are already annoying enough, but when your literally their only target... oof. I know a relief worker who has been to all the places you've mentioned, and probably every single hotspot you can think of in the last 20 years - always during the midst of whatever the current crisis is. So, has anyone here been to these places, if so what were they like? Just as travel can be affordable, it can also be extremely expensive. 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. Ghana is supposed to be relatively safe. So felt fairly normal overall. 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. 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. Its colors are black, white, and orange-red. At the moment several countries, including mine, have new rules about travelling to ISIS regions and some other 'terrorist' regions which can cause significant difficulties when you try to return home if they suspect you may have been aiding ISIS or terrorism in any way. I haven't travelled as widely as some but have wandered in some fairly awkward countries. After traveling extensively the last 10-years, to over 50 countries, eating all kinds of weird stuff, I’ve only had food poisoning a couple of times. Mountains (green, snowy, dry), deserts, fertile plains, plateaus, beaches, forrests, you name it! 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. I’ve been to Pakistan but I don’t consider it to be on the same level as the other countries you mentioned. Spain: 212.04 "I'm gonna travel to this active warzone primarily because imma total badass". 1. 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. Egypt. Generally in "dangerous" countries, the problem is in one particular region. Americans are banned from traveling to most countries as the U.S. struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. 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. Right now, violent crimes such as armed robbery, battery, and homicide are common in the country. Military everywhere, tanks at the airport, weird box-on-a-trucks pouring out riot police at times (good signal to leave that area right away lol), and nearly no tourists... prices were even cheaper than usual. Reddit's logo consists of a time-traveling alien named Snoo and the company name stylized as "reddit". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot attest to the accuracy of a non-federal website. Lovely people, unbelievably good food, and the scenery is stunning. I'm trying to organize a trip to Libya as it's one of the few countries in Africa I have yet to visit. This post is more out of curiosity. The Red Sea resorts in Egypt should be fine. Is this overblown a bit by the media, or is it truly that dangerous? Traveling to a foreign country can be exotic, adventurous and even life changing for some. Iraq is also on the list of countries that are most dangerous for drivers. I think journalists like Anderson Cooper or Christian Amanpour are great example of this. If you want something to brag to your friends about climb a mountain or run a marathon. 50% is a very high estimate in any case. Considering it wasn't like a war-zone or something, and the major aspects were mostly done (the coup d'état), it was more about avoiding the hotspot protest areas, riot police and such. P.s Pakistan is not just safe but is very beautiful as well. It's far more developed than we realize, but also very unstable. In fact, eating strange new foods can be a highlight for many people on their adventures around the world. It seems now and the last few years are not exactly the best timing, but otherwise I've heard great things about Syria. It's people who are pretty even keeled and stable. Your pictures, questions, stories, or any good content is welcome. I remember thinking he was crazy, but the way he made it seem it sounded like while it may be dangerous, the actual odds of being abducted or anything like that were still very low (like 1%-5%). But I'd like you to make as informed and honest a decision as possible. Canada is home to a wide range of landscapes, including centuries-old forests, snow-covered mountains, countrysides, and lakes. 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. Again, obviously half of all people, or even of foreigners, are not being kidnapped or killed. 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. I visited Myanmar, for example, and had a fantastic time. Compare the results of the Women's Danger Index to Thomson Reuters Foundation's 2018 ranking of the most dangerous countries for women, where … I was in Lebanon at the beginning of the Syrian Civil War and there was some spillover into Leb and a lot of military presence and street protests. 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. I guess my questions is... Is it really like 50% of something bad happening in one of these countries? You might think the countries that involve with wars are the most dangerous ones. How dangerous is travel to foreign countries? Listing the safe countries in Africa may be a shorter list. They've all had something special about them. We bring 10 most dangerous countries in the World for women. On the island of Barbados, which is the most dangerous country in the Caribbean for gay travelers. Safety Tips for Traveling to Dangerous Countries. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. If you stay away from that region, there's a good chance you'll be fine. Any war torn country isn't worth visiting for fun, wait until things settle and then go. I've been trying to visit since 2006 but have been unlucky on timing. Surprised you put Pakistan in the same category as the others. I spent most of my time up in the mountains, if you’re an outdoorsy type it’s a great place to visit. It's not tourism for them, it's a job, they have something to go back home to. Generally in "dangerous" countries, the problem is in one particular region. Mali was unique with Dogon country villages, the salt markets in Mopti, and going overland to Timbuktu and back. A quick search of travel forums never disappoints for a debate on whether those journeying to pariah or unstable countries are independent-minded travelers discovering the facts for themselves or gullible assistants in legitimizing and indirectly funding condemned governments. I went to Haiti specifically for the biggest castle in the Americas, the Citadelle Laferriere. 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. Don’t be scared of the food when you travel! 754 votes, 3.1k comments. Also certain parts of Africa. Yeah i guess my op could have been two separate questions. Old ruins in Palmyra, markets in Aleppo and Damascus, etc. Below you’ll find the 5 safest countries for solo female travel. 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. Very stressful experience as I did not go with a local guide, preferring to do everything on my own. If you stay away from that region, there's a good chance you'll be fine. Read through our … I have a friend building a house just outside of Accra right now; she's invited me to visit whenever I want, and I have no qualms about going. There are few countries in the world where the condition of women is absolutely miserable. It's a unique personality type. Same for Syria, when did you go? 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). Why it's so dangerous: Despite travel warnings, a record 35 million international travelers visited Mexico in 2016, up 9% over the previous year. The alien has an oval head, pom-pom ears, and an antenna. He stayed for a week, had a fixer and was able to see a lot of Kabul that way. Here are the 12 most dangerous countries in the world that you should know. #1 India. 1. I studied each region before travelling to be aware of the conflicts and their localities. It is important to remember that Egypt is currently considered pretty unsafe for all travelers: the U.S Department of State has issued a warning due to due terrorist activity, including attacks by ISIS.. I occasionally hear from readers about how dangerous certain countries are. ; Be aware of countries which are total no-go zones, or countries unsafe to travel.There are many places to avoid in this world. Links with this icon indicate that you are leaving the CDC website.. 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! After traveling extensively the last 10-years, to over 50 countries, eating all kinds of weird stuff, I’ve only had food poisoning a couple of times. Linking to a non-federal website does not constitute an endorsement by CDC or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the website. 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 … Up to 50 million are injured or disabled globally; most of the victims are between 15 and 44 years of age. Written by Stephen Gollan. Facebook Twitter Reddit Pinterest Email. The Libya visit was in 2017. Tank tops and shorts—as well as shirts with distasteful logos or words—can be considered offensive in many Middle Eastern and Asian countries, and many churches in Europe have strict dress codes. Next article Exploring the Yarlung Valley, Tibet. 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. What would you like to know? I'm not trying to shame you. ... 12 mistakes Americans make when traveling abroad that out them as tourists. If you’re planning your first solo trip then these countries may well be a great starting point before venturing out to the more “risky” countries. The baseline of all his stories is: so long as you go in prepared, and have a reliable guide (whether that is a knowledgeable and trustworthy local, a bodyguard or military escort, depending on the severity of the situation) it's as safe as anywhere else. Half of the countries listed under the “4 - Do Not Travel” designation in the first quarter of 2019 are in Africa. 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. However, I made sure I stayed out of the capital, and didn't feel unsafe. 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. I think he particularly liked Africa though. 2. But perhaps because the threat has existed for so long, it seems less immediate. Compare the results of the Women's Danger Index to Thomson Reuters Foundation's 2018 ranking of the most dangerous countries for women, where … People are advised to avoid political gatherings and large crowds, and to minimize their movement around banks, restaurants, and shopping malls. I've been to a fair number of places since then and Venezuela remains one of the most beautiful by far. It's a numbers game. r/travel is a community about exploring the world. I put it in the list as I visited about 10 days after a break in the civil war in the centre of the country. It also works the other way - for a while, Kurdistan, Iraq was pretty safe and stable compared to Iraq as a whole. The mascot was created in 2005 while company co-founder Alexis Ohanian was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. 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. Heck, even Japanese travelers there are getting beheaded, that's normally completely unheard of. Though most of the visits were pre-war or problems (Syria in 2011, Yemen in 2013, Mali in 2010, Venezuela in 2009, etc). 8. For 2020, the most dangerous, extreme-risk countries are mostly located in Africa and the Middle East, including places like Libya, Syria, Iraq, … Safety: Finland is ranked number one in terms of safety by the World Economic Forum in their Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report. I used a tour company in Kabul to arrange the trip. I see a lot of people on the fence about their planned travels. 31.0m members in the AskReddit community. 1. 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. 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. 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. It is modern yet has many historical sights to view. I nstead of relying on hearsay and anecdotes from other travelers, we took a deep look at LGBTQ+ rights, country by country. Marisa DeSalvio, a travel adviser from Washington, D.C., tells her clients to avoid places with high community transmission rates and COVID-19 positivity rates. Pakistan has the old Mughal palaces and tombs in Lahore, the Khewra salt mines (where 'Himalayan' pink salt comes from). Getty. Hey :) of OPs list I've personally been to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somaliland, Libya, South Sudan and going to Yemen this week. I think Afghanistan is more of his example and he's also talking about places like Jamaica/Honduras/Mexico with very high murder rates. Ask thoughtful (read: not paranoid) questions to find out what the risks in the area really are. For the most part those perceptions are not based on facts but the experiences of the people writing. La Gran Sabana area is gorgeous. Don’t be scared of the food when you travel! The most dangerous countries in the world to visit in 2021 have been revealed in the latest Travel Risk Map. I was also wondering about countries such as the ones you mentioned that have 'dangerous' reputations. Canada . Press J to jump to the feed. 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 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. India is ashamedly and agreeably one of the most unsafe and dangerous countries for women. Travel and tourism are contentious topics right now. 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. Think about it. I have always wanted to know/visit what it is like visiting countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Mali, Libya, Chad, CAR, South Sudan, Somalia, Venezuela, etc. However, crimes are also what you should take into consideration as well when it comes to dangerous countries. I am a Pakistani national. 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. 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. Absolutely beautiful mountain ranges, meadows, alpine lakes, etc. On what planet is a one-in-20 chance of being tortured and decapitated a "very low" chance. 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