Latest Articles on Travel Safety

Everything You Need to Know About the Maldives: Where to Stay, What to Do, When to Visit, and More

So Fresh at the Soneva Jani/Oyster The Maldives is truly a bucket-list destination. The gorgeous Indian Ocean archipelago is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that’ll give you travel cred for life. But before you book your Maldives all-inclusive resort and decide to upgrade to an overwater bungalow, you might have some questions. Is Maldives dangerous? How expensive…

11 Reasons You Should Visit Oman Instead of Dubai and United Arab Emirates

Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are well-established destinations for travelers seeking splashy glamour and beachside luxury with a dash of sweeping desert landscapes. Meanwhile, neighboring Oman has been quietly surging on the tourism scene for its extraordinary natural beauty, rich cultural offerings, and more user-friendly towns and cities. While we aren’t suggesting that Dubai…

Everything You Need to Know About the Riviera Maya: Where to Stay, What to Do, When to Visit, and More

The Riviera Maya — a wildly popular stretch of coastline that runs from south of Cancun to Tulum — is one of Mexico’s hottest beach destinations. And we’re not just talking about the weather. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the white sand beaches of Mexico’s southeastern coast for their sunkissed getaways.…

Is It Safe to Travel to Mexico Right Now?

Pristine beaches, bustling metropolises, enticing all-inclusive resorts, and a rich history have all made Mexico a popular travel destination for honeymooners, families, and college-age spring breakers. The country’s proximity to the U.S. has also landed it on many American travelers’ lists. However, as of late, the region has been making headlines for drug-related violence, robberies,…

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…