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There was a gun fight in a club in Playa Del Carmen and numerous reports of drugged drinks. There has also been an increase in homicide rates in two of the most popular tourist destination states in Mexico. The State Department’s response was to issue a travel warning effective for Baja California Sur and Quinta Roo.

According to Travel Weekly, there have been cancellations but the CEO stated that they have always advised tourists to be careful of their surroundings and avoid areas in cities and towns with known criminal activity. He also stated it was their opinion the destinations were safer than the warning paints.

A writer for Inertia recounts a time ages before when he spent 10 days living in a van with his girlfriend all over the beaches in Mexico one August.

Does the travel warning about Mexico make you less likely to visit? Would you cancel a trip or go and be extra vigilant?

According to the Yucatan Times, the Mexican tourist industry is in damage control mode.

Everyone knows when you travel you shouldn’t dress like a tourist, but what are some other things around the world that might shock a traveler from another country. Customs will be different in every country, here are some eye openers experienced by other travelers.

In Finland, an exchange student from India was shocked to discover that mixed-gender saunas were a thing, and then after a sauna, rolling in the snow is common.

A traveler in Ethiopia recounted when she was working for the Peace Corps and was staying with a family. They made her a dinner of white rice and copious amounts of salt (they heard Americans liked salt on all their food.) Then they hugged her and told her they loved her. The traveler said you will never experience family love like they have in Ethiopia.

Taking an hour or two off in the afternoon is common in Italy.

The most trustworthy place to be a tourist would have to hands-down be in Iceland. Read this account from a traveler, “My friend and I were walking around Reykjavik, Iceland and we came across a stroller next to a small shop with a baby in it all bundled up. It was a bit brisk but otherwise not too cold. The issue was that there was no one near this seemingly abandoned child. We walked about 50 feet up and down the road looking for the parent of this child.

Turns out the mother was just in the store across the street. It is perfectly acceptable to leave your unattended infant on the sidewalk apparently. Crime rates are so low in Iceland that the people there are much more trusting of each other I suppose.

In Beijing, you might see something called the “Beijing Bikini.” Older men tuck the bottom of their shirts into the collar to expose their stomachs.

Do you want new friends? Go to Tanzania. A traveler that went there alone for a research project, realized very quickly that people on the street were walking up to start conversations. When they said, “Come to my house for dinner.” It meant right then. After a few months, the researcher said he went from knowing no one in Tanzania to calling dozens of people friends.

A traveler that spent two months in Malawi, Africa said it is not uncommon for men to hold hands as they walk together down the road. This is just an indication of friendship and not romantic involvement.

In Taiwan, don’t be surprised if you wake up in the morning to a garbage truck playing “Für Elise” as they do their rounds.

So there are a few of the things you might run into when you travel. Another good way to avoid looking like a tourist when you travel. Read about some of the cultural nuances of wherever you choose to visit and you’ll fit right in like a local.

top-10The United States issued a travel warning for Americans traveling abroad.  With that in mind, here are the top ten safest international
destinations according to a study conducted by Statista.

10. Czech Republic – A land of unique cafes and absolutely gorgeous architecture.

9. Australia – Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this is a definite must-visit for anyone’s bucket list.

8. Japan – Check out the fast pace and bright lights in Tokoyo, then escape to the quiet mountains or countryside to experience just a few of the many unique sites in Japan.

7.Canada– A fast trip from the United States, this country has both a Pacific and Atlantic Coast and is cross by the Rocky Mountains.

6. Finland – Visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights and also enjoy the ski resorts that populate this Arctic Lapland province.

swiss alps - Google Search.clipular5. Switzerland – Along with some of the finest watches and chocolate the world has come to know, this mountainous country has gorgeous scenery and awesome hiking trails.

4. New Zealand – This island country is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean and offers a lot to see and do such as exploring beautiful Milford Sound and enjoying Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

3. Austria – This German-speaking country has mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain ready to be explored.

2. Denmark – Linking Northern Europe and Scandinavia via the Öresund bridge, this country has a large number of fun experiences waiting to be had.  The Tivoli Gardens are not to be missed.

golden circle iceland - Google Search.clipular1. Iceland has topped the list of safest countries to travel since 2007 and with good reason. The country runs on geo-thermal power and has geysers,  hot springs, glaciers, and black sand beaches.

United States citizens won’t need a travel visa for entry to most of those countries, however, you will need to make sure your passport is ready to travel!