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Old 05-08-2019, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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So a friend suggested going to Trinidad and tobago, which recently got a level 2 "exercise increased caution" for a trip.

Now it's not like I'm a paranoid traveler, hey I'm a native NY'er living in Philly. I know crime statistic don't tell the whole story. but there is a difference IMO between a city with 9 million people and a place 1 million.

the warning just mentioned not going out at night and an increase in kidnappings and terrorism.

LOL, I guess my problem is, with all the beautiful tropical islands on the planet, can't we pick one without the threat of kidnappings?

maybe in my old age I am becoming paranoid. ouch.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:49 PM
 
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I do and I have. I wouldn't blink at a level 2 but I wouldn't touch a level 4.
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:53 PM
 
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Ya I would be fine with a level 2. Level 3 or 4, prob not. Just be vigiliant.


The US isn't all that safe nowadays anyhow …
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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2 is nothing, most European countries are 2.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:31 PM
 
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I've been to a level 3 on numerous occasions. It's why I ended up quitting that particular job. Just. Don't. It was not worth it.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Have been in London during a time when the terrorism threat level was very high and never felt unsafe. A four level assessment isn't terribly useful in some ways- you need to dig down into the data and see what the real odds of trouble are and how they might overlap your planned activities.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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I went to Morocco when there was a level 2. I was told it’s really unsafe for a single western female. I went anyway and had no issues.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:55 PM
 
Location: San Josť, CA
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The U.S. State department still lists Cuba as a Level 2 with increased caution due to the phantom, and now debunked idea that the officials were attacked with sonar. It's now believed they were hearing an insect with no update to the advisory.

I also just visited Havana and it was far safer than a lot of U.S. cities I've visited.

I don't think the advisories are worth the paper they're printed on, and it wouldn't stop me from visiting.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:18 PM
 
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I have up to 3 and will again.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:21 PM
 
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I go to Mexico at least once a year. Always to the same smallish place. Yes, I have seen the effect of the rising risk and exercise due caution, just as I do when I am in a higher crime area at home.
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