Latest Articles on Safety

Is It Safe to Travel to Brazil?

Ipanema/Oyster Tell anyone that you’re going to Brazil, and you will inevitably be asked whether or not it’s safe. In fact, you’ll likely be told that it’s not — no questions asked. To say that the nation’s reputation precedes it is an understatement. Nearly 18 million entries on Google address the issue, and advice generally…

These Are the Safest Cities in the World This Year

The world feels like a wholly unpredictable place these days. Between recent natural disasters and terrorist attacks, travelers are understandably exercising more caution when choosing their final destination. To help determine which cities are the safest, The Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2017 Safe Cities Index. The report judges 60 metropolises on four major criteria…

Where It’s Safe to Travel in the Middle East

If you spend any time watching or reading the news, or scanning your Twitter feed for that matter, you might be apprehensive about traveling to the Middle East. Contrary to the often-sensationalized headlines, however, the region is not entirely dangerous, and war, terrorism, and controversy don’t define the place as a whole. While there are…

What Will the Las Vegas Shooting Mean for Hotel Security?

On October 1, police entered Stephen Paddock’s 32nd floor-room at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and found at least 17 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The 64-year-old used the weapons to fire at a crowd of concertgoers below, killing over 50 people and injuring more than 500. The event became the deadliest…

How To Get Around New York City Like a Pro

New York City is big and crowded and loud and chaotic and — we promise you — like nowhere else on earth. But even for seasoned travelers, navigating the city can be a daunting task. There are almost too many options to choose from, and everything from ease of use to pricing varies widely. While…

Where to Stay During Hurricane Season: 5 of the Best Storm-Equipped Hotels

Late summer and fall vacations can come with lower rates, good weather, and thinner crowds. However, they can also bring a bit of trepidation, as that time of year happens to be hurricane season. But don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm about an off-season beach getaway. We’ve sussed out five fabulous resorts that have taken…

12 Things You Must Do to Avoid Money Disasters While Traveling Abroad

Here’s a fun game to play with yourself: Book a long-overdue vacation abroad and naturally become excited. Now, think of every single thing that can go wrong. You might consider political upheaval, sudden bans on everyday electronics, unpredictable weather, squabbles among traveling partners, or exotic and previously unknown tropical diseases. Oh, and we’d be remiss…

Portugal vs. Spain: Which One Is Right for You?

At first glance, Spain and Portugal seem like two peas from the same pod. Both countries share space on the Iberian Peninsula, exude an old European feel, and are known for their tasty cuisine, which features many of the same core ingredients. We love Portugal for its charm — something you can still find in…