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Most of Europe safe to travel despite the conflict in Ukraine

Whenever a situation like the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine arises, some folks - and this is true especially in the USA - get skittish about travel anywhere within a thousand miles of the trouble. And in fact flight bookings have plummeted especially to surrounding countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland, by 30 to 50 percent. But the website recently published a reminder that most of Europe - with the obvious exception of the countries involved - Russia and…

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Is this the strongest proof yet that flying is safe in the pandemic era?

The respected, more-than-half-century-old Frommers travel media company recently reported on a U.S. Department of Defense study conducted with United Airlines, provides encouraging results about airline cabins and coronavirus when proper protocols are followed - yes, even on full flights. Check it out:

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Protecting yourself against cybercrime while traveling

Every September 27, travelers celebrate International World Tourism Day. The tourism landscape has changed immensely since the first such celebration in 1980, with the Internet becoming inevitable for travelers and travel agents.  According to the World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), in 2018 84  percent of travelers booked their holiday through bundling sites like Expedia or Kayak instead of contacting hotels and airlines. This counts for 1.176 billion travelers. Most travelers would agree…

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Our blogger's list of 9 safest African countries to visit

Trаvеlіng to a fоrеіgn lаnd usually involves a certain amount of wаrіnеѕѕ аnd unсеrtаіntу - but especially when vіѕіtіng developing соuntrіеѕ whеrе a mаjоr роrtіоn of thе population live undеr the роvеrtу lіnе. But уоu know what's ѕаd? Tо let thеѕе uncertainties ѕtор уоu from еxрlоrіng fascinating new parts of the world. Africa is perhaps the continent that inspires the most wariness due to widespread poverty, corruption, wars, and other travails. But with exceptions where there's actual civil…

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  • This is a question that´s on a lot of people´s minds right now, and my sister and her wife just canceled a plan group tour to Jordan:
    Is it safe to travel to the Middle East right now?
    The travel advice varies from country to country in the region.
  • From a safety standpoint, U.S. travelers thinking of visiting China should maybe think twice:
  • Some good pointers/observations here:
    Perspective | Solo travel can be risky. Here’s how to stay safe.
    What I learned during my first New York City "taxi" ride.
  • In the wake of the kidnapping of four U.S. citizens in Matamoros and the murder of two of them, the question again arises: is travel to Mexico safe? A writer for USA Today just addressed the issue:
  • Travel+Leisure takes a look at what it calls the "best travel-safety products of 2023":
    The 12 Best Travel Safety Products of 2023
    Being cautious and using common sense are key while traveling — but these travel safety products will help ensure you remain as safe and secure as po…
  • Insurance company Berkshire Hathaway puts together an annual list of safest countries/cities to visit, using data and traveler feedback, and they just came out with their list for 2023:
    The Safest Places to Travel In 2023 Announced - Planner at Heart
    If you want to book an international vacation in 2023, take a travel planning shortcut and book a trip to one of these 15 safest countries or 15 safe…
  • Normally Lonely Planet is fairly adventurous and forgiving when it comes to destinations in the developing world. But even they currently not recommending travel to Venezuela, despite its cheapness and the many amazing natural and other attributes of the country, because of the security situation:
    Venezuela travel - Lonely Planet
    Explore Venezuela holidays and discover the best time and places to visit.
  • A disturbing piece just came out in Vice about the rape of a 21-year-old U.S. woman in Punjab province is derailing a narrative concocted by some Western influencers (including women) a country rated among the world's most dangerous by the World Economic Forum is safe, for women as well:
    This American Blogger Was Showing an ‘Unseen’ Pakistan. Then She Was Gang Raped.
    The audacious assault of an American woman in Pakistan is disrupting a narrative created by Western influencers that the country is safe for women.
  • Staying safe while traveling is obviously a major concern of many, and the news website Skift, which does a great job of covering all aspects of the international travel industry, just came out with this sobering look by Lebawit Lily Girma at how all the mass shootings, hate crimes and other dysfunction in the U.S. may pose a challenge for getting tourists to come visit. And I post it here because I'm quoted. Sad but true... 😥
    Gun Violence Creates a Troubling New Reality for U.S. Tourism's Hard Sell
    ”Breaking news: USA hoping to increase tourism with gifts at border entries!” reads the headline on a sketch of a U.S. border patrol officer handing…
  • More details from AFAR magazine about many travelers - especially in the U.S. - taking a "wait-and-see" attitude toward travel to Europe, but experts say that with the obvious exception of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, such caution is unwarranted:
    Is Europe Travel Safe During Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine?
    The Russian-led war in Ukraine has some U.S. travelers wondering if it is safe to travel to Europe. Security experts weigh in on whether there is cau…
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