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Old 01-11-2015, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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"What countries are too dangerous to even visit for traveling?"

The only countries too dangerous to visit are the countries you refuse to visit because of your own fear. As they say, you have nothing to fear but fear itself. Bad things can happen to anyone anywhere, including your very own home.
Uh, not really. I have one relative who was briefly abducted in the Middle East. They let him go when they realized they had the wrong person. There's nothing quite like spending a few days of your vacation in a room, tied to a chair with a sack over your head.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:53 AM
 
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I knew someone who worked in Angola who told me how dangerous it was there. So I don't think I would every consider going there for example.
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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Probably a wealth of information had I known what a "tout" was.
Ha, well you can always google it:
Tout - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"a tout is any person who solicits business or employment in a persistent and annoying manner"
These are the guys that tirelessly and annoyingly approach you to by their trinkets at tourist sights. Usually a feature in developing countries.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Antarctica. In shorts.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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North Korea, Somalia and obviously IS rank on top of the list for me.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: All Over
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I think everyone has their own definition of unsafe. I go to Jamaica a lot, many times I've been there there's been a state dept travel advisory however totally based on Kingston which is like an 8 hour drive from where I stay. That's like saying don't visit Chicago because the violence on the southside when in reality tourists are going to be on Michigan avenue and in the loop not in Englewood so it's almost irrelevant.

I think many of our US cities are more dangerous than places we may think of as being unsafe. Perosnally I can attest to the fact that foreign and out of my element automatically triggers an unsafe feeling in my mind whether justified or not.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Hey OP,

Just so you know, there is a Travel Alert page by the US Department of State and it lists all of the alerts and the places unsafe for U.S. travelers. It is updated immediately anytime there is a threat.

Alerts and Warnings

Also, if you go on TripAdvisor and type in a country (Ex: Iraq), you will see bright red font appear: TRAVEL ALERT: SAFETY AND SECURITY CONCERNS

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Old 01-12-2015, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Uh, not really. I have one relative who was briefly abducted in the Middle East. They let him go when they realized they had the wrong person. There's nothing quite like spending a few days of your vacation in a room, tied to a chair with a sack over your head.
Wow that must've been terrifying!! Were they there on vacation? I really can't imagine anyone going there unless they had family or some ties there.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Egypt (Mubarak time) - I never felt unsafe. Mubarek knows how to take care of it's visitors however (mosty against terrorism) - think heavy police and army presence at tourist sites. Army escorted car convoy's. Military escorts on trains and river cruise ships. Touts are annoying. Some areas are offlimits to Tourists.
I was there at this time as well. Egypt was VERY safe then. It was a horrible place for Egyptians to live. But it was very safe. (Police with machine guns on every street corner tend to make for a very ordered society.)

There is no way I would set foot in the Muslim world in 2015. Kidnappings of US travelers are on the rise with the ransoms being used to fund terrorism. I'm also avoiding much of Latin America for the same reason. I'm very glad I knocked most of those countries off my travel list when I was young. I don't see them being safe to visit for years -- perhaps ever again.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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Just so you know, there is a Travel Alert page by the US Department of State and it lists all of the alerts and the places unsafe for U.S. travelers. It is updated immediately anytime there is a threat.


Not a great resource. Look at it, but don't be dependent on it. Lots of the listings are warnings are either overly cautious or more directly and honestly, they're political in nature.
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