Let’s face it, getting beheaded by narco-terrorists would put a damper on your tropical getaway.
But literally losing your head isn’t the only danger American travelers face these days. Robbery, rape, kidnapping for ransom, gang shootings, shark attacks, poisoned tequila, incurable diseases, and crazy foreign drivers all highlight recent vacation horror stories brought home by Americans traveling abroad.
But should you really alter your travel plans based on a few high-profile crimes?
Well, we have identified ten countries where the answer to that question might be yes, including a couple that are quite surprising.
Of course you shouldn’t let fear paralyze you in your quest to see the world. Your odds of being a victim of a violent crime as a foreign tourist are low. Your odds of being a victim of terrorism are even lower. But that doesn’t mean you should travel as oblivious to those risks, especially when the level of risk varies from country to country—and even region to region within those countries.
All great adventures involve a little risk.
But you want to be smart about balancing that risk with the rewards of travel. That is why your friends at Proud American Traveler want you to be informed about the places in the world that are especially risky to visit right now.