Latest Articles on Travel Safety

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…

The Dirtiest Things You Touch When Traveling

If you’re the type of person who lifts the toilet seat with your shoe, opens door handles with a handkerchief, or carries a pocket-size bottle of Purell at all times, then look away now because the world is a filthy place and traveling throws you into contact with the worst of it. Take a constant…

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…

Here’s What to Do If You Get Detained at a U.S. Airport

“Who packed your bags?” I stood there frozen, while trying to force the words out of my mouth. “I did,” I muttered to the El Al airline official. The two-word answer was simple, but held so much weight. “What’s your relationship with each other?” It was February 2014, and I was traveling to Israel with…

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.

6 Port Scams to Avoid on Your Next Cruise

Tender Boat on Carnival Liberty/Oyster Though there are no hard statistics on how many cruise ship passengers get scammed at ports every year (the majority of victims don’t report the crimes due to time, embarrassment, and the pure inconvenience of filling out a police report abroad), it’s safe to say that cruisers are at a…

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…

9 of the Safest Travel Destinations for Families

Kerid Crater, Iceland/Oyster As a parent, you want to expose your kids to an array of experiences and cultures, and travel is one of the best ways to do that. The problem is, even for the most dedicated family of travelers, the world can be a scary place. News about crime, war, and terrorism can…

Is It Safe to Go to Montego Bay, Jamaica?

Montego Bay/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, there have been numerous…