Latest Articles on Travel Safety

Is Colombia Safe for Travel?

The dynamic nation of Colombia is emerging on many travelers’ radar. For one, Colombia’s location along the equator supports significant biodiversity as well as many landscapes, including pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and towering peaks. Meanwhile, its metro areas blend old-world colonial charm with a pulsing nightlife scene and urban grit. However, Colombia’s recent surge in…

The Safest Destinations in Latin America and Why You Should Visit Them Now

Machu Picchu/Oyster If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Latin America is rapidly ascending lists of the world’s must-see destinations. According to the World Trade Organization, inbound tourism to Latin America grew by three percent in 2018, and the figure is predicted to grow. And with landscapes as varied at the Atacama Desert, the…

Is It Safe to Travel to Mexico City?

Mercado Ciudadela, Mexico City/Oyster Tell your friends that you’re going to Mexico City, and you’re certain to get more than one concerned response. While the city has been enjoying a massive resurgence among travelers, Mexico and its capital have a reputation that precedes them both. And when it comes to Mexico on the whole, the…

The 8 Safest Travel Destinations in the Caribbean Right Now

One of the most common questions we hear at Oyster.com is: “Is the Caribbean safe?” The answer is yes — but it depends where you’re going. By and large, travelers are unlikely to experience any major incidents on their Caribbean vacation no matter where they go. However, murder and violent crime rates are higher on…

Bali Tips: 7 Scams to Avoid in Bali

Bali is known for its beautiful temples, breathtaking rice terraces, and beaches, but like all travel destinations, there are opportunities for missteps. Whether you’re hoping to visit the sacred Pura Besakih temple or go surfing in Bali, there are some tips you should know ahead of time. To ensure you don’t fall prey to a…

The 7 Most Common Tourist Scams in India

Varanasi, India India is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible places to visit, but behind the glorious riot of colors, smells, and sounds, there lies a dark underbelly of tourist scams that put money or valuables at risk. While you’re not guaranteed to experience one of these schemes, it’s best to come prepared. Below,…

The 7 Most Common Travel Scams in Thailand

Scams can occur in any country, but there are certain schemes that are more prevalent in Thailand. Read on for the most common scams that befall tourists in Thailand, so you can be sure to avoid them and instead enjoy all the beauty, culture, and delicious food on offer.

Is Morocco Safe to Visit Now? Here’s What Travelers Need to Know

From the snowcapped mountains and sweeping desert to the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines and French-Arabic culture (think exotic spices, exquisite architecture, and calls to prayer coming from mosques), Morocco serves up a sensory overload. There are many reasons to visit this North African country, but some travelers may have some trepidation about going now —…

6 of the Most Dangerous Beaches in the U.S. (and Where to Go Instead)

North Myrtle Beach Nothing says vacation quite like the beach. However, while frolicking in the water, we don’t always think about the dangers associated with many stretches of sand and sea. Although the majority of beaches in the U.S. are safe, especially the guarded spots (in 2017, there were 17 deaths by drowning on guarded…