Latest Articles on Travel Safety

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)

1. Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii In terms of do-not-enter-the-water danger, Hanakapiai Beach on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast tops the list. It can be reached via a stunning hiking trail that will leave you sweaty, sun-kissed, and achy — enough to tempt you to dive into the water. But be warned: The absence of a reef to…

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…