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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Dining' started by uggboy, Feb 13, 2014.
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Roasted head anyone? Cannibal restaurant shut down by police
Nigeria is dangerous? Kidnapping for ransom is rife in Nigeria? And Nigeria didn't make either this list:
or this one:
A string on some of the world's "dangerous places" is:
Thanks for the links Newscience. A great reminder about Nigeria and other dangerous areas to travel in right now.
uggboy, you are most welcome!
The average US traveler is likely blissfully unaware that the world is not a "warm and fuzzy" place. In facts, there are scams, hustles, and downright deadly dangers in many locations, certainly including many inner cities in the US. Travel knowledge and preparation are important. That aside, I've met wonderful people around the world, and all want the same thing: the ability to not fear from want or need, to be able to raise their families in peace, and for their children to have a good education and career opportunities.
I'd disagree with this, the avg US traveler is VERY aware that the world is not a warm & fuzzy place, that is why "no brain" travel like cruises are so popular as well as "no brain" places like Cancun. Cocoons of US comfort from a safety & familiarity standpoint.
Interesting standpoint, thanks for sharing your view. What does average US traveler mean in the first place? Is there any definition?
Never having been to Cancun, is this destination to US-alike and surely, regarding the cruises, this will depend which cruises are taken, there's a resurgent demand for educational cruises too incl. professors on board, lectures and special outings from the ship to understand any given / visited port of call better.
Most folks in the US do not travel internationally, only a small % actually do so. In fact most US travelers do not even own a passport, this has changed somewhat since travel to Mexico, Canada & most Caribbean islands now requires a passport.
Some stats from 2009 on the US Tourist
Well, regardless of their degree of awareness, a number of Americans continue to do very stupid things overseas! Just take a look at the following:
Others arrested, imprisoned:
And when they are arrested or imprisoned, Americans likely expect that the folks working at the US Embassy in that country will drop everything that they are doing just to help them out! The reality is more likely that, unless you have much political or economic clout, you'll probably be in jail or prison for a while...
The funniest part of the whole article were the comments that followed. Hysterical.
On a more serious note, there have been many threads about the 'dangers' of international travel. I agree with @Sweet Willie about the actual amount of Americans who travel abroad, but I, myself, travel extensively and have never had a problem. I suppose being born and growing up in New York city may have helped, but I have a few rules when traveling abroad:
1) The whole world isn't pro-American. That's all I'll say in that regard.
2) Try to learn the native language as best as possible. Basics, not reciting poetry.
3) Don't act stupid or act like the obvious tourist. (The movie European Vacation should immediately come to mind)