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Old 06-13-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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A German colleague of mine had a hobby of touring out-of-the-way corners of the world by bicycle. He'd brought a map to work (very detailed) of an Eastern province in Iran he was considering. (He'd been blown away by Iranian hospitality on a previous visit. Couldn't stop talking about it.)

Once we noticed the legend included details like "landmines" (as opposed to mere "high risk of landmines"), "reported checkpoints" and a mention of "banditry", he decided that perhaps staying a bit more to the West would be prudent.

I think, as a baseline, that I won't go where I need to consult a map for landmines.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:00 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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1) I wouldn't go anywhere where it would be potentially dangerous to be American.
Depending on your source and who you converse with everywhere is dangerous to be an American.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Youngstown OH. Went there forty years ago and was not impressed. It's only gotten worse since.
if you're not part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:28 AM
 
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Wait, you gave up a trip to India because of risks THERE? There are risks in every country, including here & Mexico. I don't understand why you would not take that trip.
The risk of rape is far too high in India these days. It's out of control, and until their government does something meaningful to solve the problem, it's definitely not on my list of places to visit.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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I went to Turkey and felt completely safe. I also wouldn't mind traveling to the UAE.
Turkey is part of the EU, and is not considered a Middle East country. Just saying.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:32 AM
 
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You really should go to South Africa. It's safe and beautiful and they have a very good infrastructure. Also Argentina. It's safe and beautiful. The wine country around Mendoza is quite nice.
Both are on my bucket list but right now the culture of rape keeps me from planning travel to South Africa. I will definitely get to Argentina in the next decade.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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I agree. I would choose hot over cold.

Yes, San Antonio River Walk is quite nice and there are lots of things to see and do in those other cities. Let me know if you decide to go and I'll be glad to give you some recommendations.
We don't really like hot or cold, but we do like to travel when it's cool. We spent two weeks in London this spring--while we needed coats it was overall very pleasant. I'd rather have to put on my coat than be a dripping mess of sweat.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:38 AM
 
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The risk of rape is far too high in India these days. It's out of control, and until their government does something meaningful to solve the problem, it's definitely not on my list of places to visit.
Well, I guess in that same vein, gun violence is high in this country, is it on your list of places to not visit?
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:56 AM
 
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Well, I guess in that same vein, gun violence is high in this country, is it on your list of places to not visit?
I'm not going to visit places like Gary, or Camden.

The majority of gun related crimes in this country are gang or domestic related. It's very unlikely that Mary Jones walking down 16th St. in Denver is going to be gunned down in a random act of violence. In India just riding on a city bus is inviting rape. Big difference.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:59 AM
 
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Turkey is part of the EU, and is not considered a Middle East country. Just saying.
Turkey isn't technically part of the EU. They've been in membership negotiations since 2005.

Geographically, the country is mostly a part of Asia, with a small portion in Eastern Europe.
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