Latest Articles on Travel Safety

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…

4 of the Most Dangerous Beaches in the Caribbean (and Where to Go Instead)

The islands of the Caribbean are beloved tourist draws for their charming seaside towns, sunny weather, and, perhaps most popularly, the gorgeous beaches scattered across the region. But it’s not all palm trees and sunshine: Some of the beaches have cultivated quite a reputation for being less peaceful and relaxed, and more dangerous and, well,…

The U.S. Warns Americans About Traveling to These 5 Mexican States

Mexico — a travel destination popular for its gorgeous wealth of beaches, fascinating ancient sites, and delicious cuisine — now has five states that, according to the U.S. State Department’s updated travel advisory system, are deemed too dangerous to visit and should be avoided. Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas — all of which are…