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141. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

Wherever you go it is 'who you know and what you show'. To travel, on a low budget or backpacking to enormous cities such as Sao Paulo or Rio without having any contacts or friends there nor knowing the language, is difficult, low budget travel is much of a do it yourself affair, unlike business or high end travel, where the client is usually picked up at the Airport and driven to his, her or their hotel or resort in safety, what you show, anywhere in the world, money talks and trumps all. A low budget traveller with a bad section of direction could easily board the wrong bus lie or get off at the wrong Metro stop and wind up in a 'favala' (slum/marginal neighborhood) and be a target for a robbery, especially if wearing a backpack and consulting a guidebook on the street. (If you ever become lost in any large city, always get off of the street and go into a restaurant or store ask for the manager or owner for directions to your destination, in some cases and always late in the evening, it may be wise to call an authorized taxi. Many inexperienced travellers make errors in judgement on their first journey, take it all as a learning experience, don't generalize and put down an entire city, country or region because you failed to plan your your trip well in advance and did not use common sense after your arrival. Last week a woman visited us in El Salvador, a friend of mine took time out to show her around a bit in his a uto, she spoke poor Spanish, wound up insulting him by telling him he 'spoke bad English'....what you show...there are literally hundreds of off the beaten path destinations in Brasil and the rest of Latin America offering wonderful budget cultural, ethnic and eco tours escorted by native guides, often in remote areas, some of these interesting tours run as little as $15-20 per day per person with transport and often security, as in large cities, if not experienced don't wander around alone in remote areas. Many of these small and medium native operators, at least in the area of Latin america where I reside have even stopped 'targeting' backpacker/low budget travellers as most prefer to be 'independent' and save the money...thats ok.. your budget...but don't complain if the ---- hits the fan or the local buses to and from the site were 6 hours round trip, while the van took an hour there and back. etc. Most young locals are busy making a living and few have time to escort you around free. single women travelling in Latin America take care if strangers offer you rides and transport in their vehicle. Only accompany men you have been properly introduced to and never alone to remote areas or beach houses..at your own risk.

As for crime, about 70% of of the population of many Latin American countries is now under age of 25, in the USA crime is increasing as the adolecesent polulation increases, I was a young, angry and a bit wild male teenager once. In the favalas/barrios/slums/marginal areas of Brasil and Latin America are millions of poor people, who are not theives, however theives hide in these areas and often extort locals there, in many areas police and security forces are corrupt themselves and remember, now exist millions of cell phones in L.A., travellers coming from another country usually don't have a local cell, the theives do. Cuidase. Take Care.
Join one of the 'hospitality club' sites online, local bi and multilingual lingual members who will either host you or show you around their area, obtain country specific guide books and study up on your destination, along with detailed maps, surf the internet re: your destinations and start learning as much of the local language as possible via Internet, f2f tutor at home or language school after you arrive l.a. if you have the time.

142. Posted by majaDK (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

dunno if this has been mentioned, but each year "fund for peace" publish a 'failed states index' which is based on poverty, crime rate, human rights etc.. & thereby making an index over the most dangerous countries to be in & the best countries to be in, so maybe you should check that out.

in 2007, i think Sudan "won the prize" & became the most dangerous country in the world.

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144. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

According to Forbes most dangerous places to travel 2006 list was as follows:
• Afghanistan
• Burundi
• Cote d'Ivoire
• Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Georgia
• Haiti
• Iraq
• Liberia
• Pakistan
• Papua New Guinea
• Russia (Chechnya)
• Somalia
• Sudan
• Zimbabwe

However, I agree with many of the posters who realise that you may also PUT yourself in a dangerous position. I met one guy on the QM2 who had been to 72 countries including several on the above list. His most dangerous experience? Ireland! (Of course, forget the fact he was in his 50's, gay, and searching for a bath house and follows some stranger in a remote area and almost gets himself killed before escaping...) I've been to Ireland many times and never felt the least bit in danger, myself. Also, suburbs like Watts in LA where they may shoot you just for wearing the "wrong" colour clothing is a little crazy. I don't think I'd be walking the streets late at night there.

Someone also posted you should not form an opinion about a place without personally having visited. I'm pretty sure Darfur is not on our vacation list this year which doesn't mean I'll NEVER go there...just common sense dictates to wait until a region stablises, in my mind.

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146. Posted by Figaro (Inactive 7 posts) 8y

I would take the view that Colombian cities aren't that dangerous with a pinch of salt. Very stupid things people are saying on here that are likely to get someone in danger if they're taken literally.

Most murders in Colombia are in urban areas - fact.

The claim that St. Louis has 500 murders a year was funny - more like 150.

147. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

I've heard that Western Sahara is particularly dangerous if you forget your water.

148. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

I thought I bring this one up again...especially for Isa...post number 136.

So, what's the current danger rating around the world these days. I would say Tchad, Kenya (some parts) and Pakistan recently were not a really good place to be, among the usual ones like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia (except the northwest) and most parts of the DRC.
Than again, seemingly safe cities like Damascus have seen bomb attacks and after 3 years of relativily quiet times, there was this accident in Jerusalem a day or so ago.
Domestic flights in Venezuela are still not trouble free and border areas of that same country and Ecuador with Colombia are not good areas to be right now as well, although probably still possible to cross them for travellers...anyone some experience last week?
And although things seem to have relaxed a bit in Kosovo and Serbia, you never know. Abchazia is next in line, with Kosovo as its role model.

On the other hand, some countries which seem 'dangerous' in the first place are not: Myanmar, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Angola, Ethiopia, Algeria, Sierra Leone is coming up again....and although Turkmenistan and Iran are difficult countries visawise, once you get there it is all just fine and safe

149. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

I thought I bring this one up again...especially for Isa...post number 136.

So, what's the current danger rating around the world these days.

Heeheehee! I knew I could count on you, Michael!!!!! ;)

I never get to leave home so I have no opinion.

Isa now returns this thread to it's regularly scheduled topic.

150. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 8y

Actually, anywhere, as long as you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.