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Old 07-03-2010, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I think when people say "abroad" they automatically think "Europe."

Americans can go to Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America without crossing any oceans. I live in NYC and have driven to Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City.

I don't look down on people who don't travel outside the US. As I and others said earlier, there is a sense of comfort and safety in traveling within “the known," which is part of the reason why I haven't traveled as much as I'd like to.

Well I wasn't really talking about you, I was talking more in general. Europe is actually quite low on my travel list, but the thing is.. the typical American doesn't travel to South America with the family because well lets face it.. it isn't exactly a nice safe vacation. For the record you do have to cross the ocean to get to south america
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Well I wasn't really talking about you, I was talking more in general. Europe is actually quite low on my travel list, but the thing is.. the typical American doesn't travel to South America with the family because well lets face it.. it isn't exactly a nice safe vacation. For the record you do have to cross the ocean to get to south america
No, you can go from Texas through Mexico, Central America to South America. Where's crossing the ocean?
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:09 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I traveled to Mexico a few years back and got very ill upon my return home. Over the course of five days, I grew sicker -- first with slight stomach cramps, then a high fever, trouble urinating coupled with severe stomach cramps that immobilized me. When the symptoms were moderate I went to the doctor and was examined, and given a prescription, but a few days later I was so sick -- almost delirious -- that I couldn't even call 911. My parents drove from NYC to RI to bring me to the hospital. I recall that the ER doctor had me drink Pepto Bismol and it brought everything up (sorry if this is gross). I think he said that I caught a parasite. I'm not sure how since neither mom nor dad got sick. The only thing they didn't do that I did was go snorkeling in Cozumel. We've deduced that it was something in that water that caused my illness.

Well, as you can imagine, this experience has left me reluctant to travel to certain countries because I am terribly afraid of foods and water. I never had problems in the US Virgin Islands, Bahamas or Barbados but I am thinking about study abroad in DR, Costa Rica or South America. Are there any medications that can be taken as a preventative? Are there any countries that I should avoid?

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Old 07-03-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: NW Charlotte, NC
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@queensgrl I got food poisoning in the Dominican Republic @ a resort restaurant- and my boyfriend and I did everything exactly the same- he was fine... honestly I dont think theres a way to prevent stuff, just try to be careful and you shouldnt come across it too often??
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Well, as you can imagine, this experience has left me reluctant to travel to certain countries because I am terribly afraid of foods and water. I never had problems in the US Virgin Islands, Bahamas or Barbados but I am thinking about study abroad in DR, Costa Rica or South America. Are there any medications that can be taken as a preventative? Are there any countries that I should avoid?

Thanks
This does happen in some developing nations. I dont see a problem with Costa Rica, I would not drink the tap water there but it is a bit more modern then most of Mexico. Chile would be fine too but besides for that I would be a bit careful about tap water and some other things in most of South America. But for the most part to major modern cities dont have big problems. Most of the Carribbean is very clean and pretty modern with the exception of Haiti and Domican Republic. And just about all of Europe is clean and the tap water is safe to drink etc..
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:10 PM
 
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I find it rather annoying that someone feels a person looks down on other people just because they don't want to travel.
Agreed. It's quite irritating to see someone who's been to a foreign places pronounce stupid generalities upon all of Americans like they don't want to be far from a Pizza Hut, ironically it says a lot more about their lack of depth than what they claim about others.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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No, you can go from Texas through Mexico, Central America to South America. Where's crossing the ocean?

I meant if you want to make it without being kidnapped mugged killed or lost in the jungle.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I meant if you want to make it without being kidnapped mugged killed or lost in the jungle.
LOL ... ok
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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I think where you'd run into most trouble with any plan to drive South America is Darien in Panama. In fact it's more like the end of any such plan.

The major highways in Mexico are probably okay most of the trouble there is near border towns, I'd worry more about driving at night in Guatemala than Mexico. The worst would be El Salvador but I assume you could go thru Honduras and if the political situation isn't too crazy you'd be alright.

Most of Panama would be fine, but once you got to Darien that's the end of nice roads and civilization. You get jungle, swamp, malaria, and FARC guerrillas. You're not getting thru with a car, and I don't believe many have gotten thru with jeeps either.

edit = I looked it up and apparently a few people have gotten thru with vehicles, but the process looked like this:




Definitely not for the faint of heart.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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What might these places be?
Many Europeans own cars, but when in Europe, Americans usually do not have a car. So Europeans go to places you can go by car, and Americans don't. Camping is very popular in Europe, but few Americans show up at campgrounds. Europeans go to beach resorts a lot, but few Americans go to European beaches . Swedes do not go to Spain in winter to see the museums and stay in the quaint posadas. Americans do.

So, obviously, an American getting off a plane in Europe is going to go where a lot of other Americans get off the plane and go to, and sure enough, Americans will meet other Americans when they get there. It doesn't take very many Americans, all going to the same place, to observe that there are a lot of Americans there.
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