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Old 01-06-2015, 09:38 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I am interested in history and geography so there is no country I wouldn't want to visit based on the something such as the country's politics. For this reason I would have no problem visiting countries like Iran, Cuba, Israel, or even North Korea.

The only thing that would keep me away from a country is a very high chance of risk to my personal safety such as being targeted for kidnapping, robbery, or even murder just because I am a foreigner.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Personal safety, I also would not travel to a country that does not have an established diplomatic relationship with the US.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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Personal safety, I also would not travel to a country that does not have an established diplomatic relationship with the US.
Same here. I accidentally posted to the Cuba thread, but lack of diplomatic relations is huge when ruling out travel destinations. I'm OK with unofficial relations, like what we currently have in Cuba, Bhutan, and Taiwan. If you get seriously ill or hurt, or need legal assistance (regardless of fault), it is incredibly important to have access to US State Department services (for a US citizen, of course). Fortunately, Iran and North Korea are the only places in the world that don't currently have official or reasonable unofficial diplomatic relations with the US.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I'm OK with unofficial relations, like what we currently have in Cuba, Bhutan, and Taiwan.
Imagine how inconvenient it is for us to travel around, no "official relation" anywhere and even though they have constantly claimed that we're their precious part, Chinese fancy embassies won't answer if we Taiwanese are in need.

Countries that I have no intention of visiting:
a)I'm just not interested in them(China, SE Asia etc.)
b)There are countries where literally EVERY CORNER is dangerous, definitely not visiting those places, sorry.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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So the purpose of this thread is "to just find out from readers what kinds of reasons they harbor regarding travel to "bad" places."

I would first have to find out whose definition of "bad." For example, I would NEVER believe the U.S. State Department's warnings. Or the CDC's health warnings. I have lived in Costa Rica for over six years, and nothing the State Department or the CDC has said is true. I spent hundreds on recommended vaccines before coming. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

So I would turn to social media forums and listen to and talk with U.S./Canadian/European ex-pats who actually LIVE in those places. That would be accurate information, not political propoganda.
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Old 01-06-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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The only countries I would avoid visiting entirely are those such as Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Liberia, Congo, or Afghanistan which have civil wars going on or are just recently recovering from armed conflicts and are still very unstable with non existent infrastructure such as roads and hospitals. So essentially that rules out much of the Middle East and Africa. That being said I have been to Colombia and even though they still have problems with drug gangs and armed guerrillas I felt perfectly safe walking around Bogota and Cartagena for example, since most of those groups have been pushed into isolated regions where tourists are unlikely to visit anyways.
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:16 PM
 
Location: somewhere in the Kona coffee fields
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I would not refuse an all expenses paid trip to any country in the world. Of course that would include a security detail in war zones.

Aside Kashmir in Pakistan there's nothing on my list worthwhile seeing though. Nigeria I would completely avoid. And Venezuela I would avoid Caracas and any town with more than 1,000 people. The landscape, colonial towns, and beaches are stunning though.
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:35 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Since I'm a foodie, my main reason for eliminating a country from my to-go list is whether or not they have the type of food that I like. For that reason, Germany is out since I find their food bland. I'm sure the country is beautiful, etc, etc, but I will take other people's word for it. I'd much rather go to India than Germany.

Another reason is blatant discrimination. I'm of Asian descent so certain countries who are known to treat Asians poorly will not be on my list. For this reason, I have no desire to revisit Australia. I hope they treat their Asians better now but when I lived there 16 years ago, Asians were generally treated like second class citizens, much like the US treats their blacks.

Third reason is safety. Because of this I have no desire to visit Arab countries or certain African countries because as a woman who often travels alone, those places are just not something I feel comfortable visiting.

I do make a distinction between Arab / middle eastern countries and other non-Arab countries that are predominantly muslim (countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Sri Lanka, etc). Not all muslim countries are the same, and how a muslim country applies their belief is influenced by said country's local culture. I will revisit Indonesia, Malaysia, etc in a heartbeat and will go there alone without compunction. I will avoid Arab countries for now. Maybe if I go with a group or someone local, but definitely not alone.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:22 PM
 
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No thank you. Safety reasons.
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