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11 Tips for Traveling Safely in Mexico

With a vibrant culture, thriving cities, incredible food, ancient ruins, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it’s no surprise that Mexico attracts such a huge number of travelers every year. But while the country is safe on the whole, the U.S. Department of State marks it as a Level 2 on…

Is It Safe to Travel to Bali Now?

View of Mount Agung from Oka7 Bungalow; Oyster Indonesia has been plagued by earthquakes and tsunamis over the last couple of years, with the latest tsunami striking the islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22, 2018. Additionally, occasional terrorist attacks have occurred throughout the country. So what does this mean for Bali, the spiritual,…

13 First-Aid Supplies Every Carry-On Should Have

The last thing you want to think about when you’re planning a trip is all the ways it could go wrong. As we know too well, there are plenty of things that can go awry while on the road. Flights become delayed, hotels lose reservations, tours get canceled, and bad weather strikes. However, getting physically…

7 Important Tips for Visiting a High-Altitude Destination

You don’t have to scale a mountain to encounter the effects of altitude. In fact, plenty of bucket-list travel destinations, including Bogota, Machu Picchu, and La Paz, are located well above sea level where the air is thin and catching your breath can be a struggle. The effects of being at a high altitude can…

Could Your Hotel Room Be Bugged? Here’s How to Check

Lost luggage, missed connections, and flight delays are some of the common concerns that plague nervous travelers. But if you’re heading to countries like China, Russia, Israel, or even the U.K., you might have another major issue: bugged hotel rooms.

Is It Safe to Travel to Playa del Carmen Now?

Last week, the State Department issued an ambiguous travel warning for Playa del Carmen, a spring break hot spot on Mexico’s eastern coast, stating that the U.S. Embassy “received information about a security threat” and is barring government employees from traveling there until further notice. Though the nature and details of the threat were not…

Is It Safe to Go to Montego Bay, Jamaica?

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa/Oyster A surge in violence on the tourist-popular Caribbean island of Jamaica has prompted officials to declare of state of emergency in parts of the country. The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have issued travel warnings and advisories to their citizens about visiting these regions. In recent weeks,…

4 of the Most Dangerous Beaches in the Caribbean (and Where to Go Instead)

The islands of the Caribbean are beloved tourist draws for their charming seaside towns, sunny weather, and, perhaps most popularly, the gorgeous beaches scattered across the region. But it’s not all palm trees and sunshine: Some of the beaches have cultivated quite a reputation for being less peaceful and relaxed, and more dangerous and, well,…

The U.S. Warns Americans About Traveling to These 5 Mexican States

Mexico — a travel destination popular for its gorgeous wealth of beaches, fascinating ancient sites, and delicious cuisine — now has five states that, according to the U.S. State Department’s updated travel advisory system, are deemed too dangerous to visit and should be avoided. Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas — all of which are…

The 10 Safest Countries in the World

Traveling the world is undoubtedly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Following the devastating news of recent terror attacks and natural disasters, many travelers might be even more attuned to which destinations are deemed safe. If that sounds like you, then you may want to consider the Global Peace Index for 2017, in which…