Travel Advisories: What Do They Mean?

By Susie Hawkins

Understanding U.S. Travel Advisories:

Have you ever seen a story on the news about someone being robbed or drugged while on vacation and immediately decided against visiting a country? We all know that fear and drama get eyes on the news. 

Sometimes those stories are relevant for an idea of the general safety in a region or country, but often times they are just fear-mongering.

There is some danger in traveling anywhere, every city in every country has crime. 

Then How Do You Know Where Is Safe To Travel?

Understand the U.S. Department of State's travel advisories:

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Level 4: Do Not Travel

An Example: Cancun is at level 2. This is the same as Dublin, Paris, London, and Rome.

It's unfortunate that general perceptions or online stories can deter people from exploring incredible destinations. As a travel advisor, I've seen firsthand how these perceptions might not align with the current reality.

Before writing off an entire country for your vacation, let's chat about your specific travel concerns. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover that the stories you've heard aren't always accurate reflections of the present situation.  

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