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Do you think that FCO travel advice is to extreme?

Travel Forums General Talk Do you think that FCO travel advice is to extreme?

1. Posted by Skinbo (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Have you ever a been to a country and thought this is not a dangerous as they have portrayed.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Examples that you've experienced?

3. Posted by gocebe (Inactive 48 posts) 8y

I think they are providing statistics. So they just give information about the reported cases. Using probability one can risk his possessions, his life or what not. Just because it doesn't happen to me or to you doesn't mean it doesn't happen at all. So it is up to the traveler to take the risk or not.

4. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 8y

El Salvador where I reside is a good example, few travelers who visit here experience problems unless they are say careless and leave their valuables on the Beach while swimming or surfing, or walk around the capital city alone late at night and wind up getting robbed, common sense stuff. El salvadorians are friendly and helpful, eager to show visitors around, and many now belong to the "hospitality portal" Couch Surfing, which one can can "google" if interested, just about each country and region have their own "clubs" on CS now and one can obtain travel advice from locals, ex pats and volunteers, rather than on travel forums where most posters have only traveled to and from your destination, never having lived there any length of time.
FCOs on some countries would scare off the Terminator.
Colombia is another good example, mostly positive feedback. Some travelers go to countries like Costa Rica, billed on some websites as a crime free paradise outside of San Jose, the capital, however on buses and in many popular destinations petty theft is endemic, so be aware and use common sense wherever you travel.

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

El Salvador isn't portrayed as dangerous to visitors as you suggest. It has the following written on that page:

El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America. The majority of serious crime involves Salvadorians and does not affect visitors. However there have been several attacks on tourists in recent years including robberies, carjackings and assaults. The main types of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in El Salvador is replacing lost and stolen passports as the result of pickpocketing.

The above, and the rest of that page, is balanced and informs you of the crime rate, but also tells you that visitors tend not to find themselves in any bad situation - mainly the normal pickpocketing which you get pretty much anywhere.