Everyone loves to travel. It’s fun, it’s a break from the norm, it gives you new experiences… it’s great! Previous post here. 💖💖
While it can be fun, traveling also comes with some safety advisories in order to keep you and your family or friends safe b/c anything can happen, to anyone, at any time. Here’s a full list of previous advisories here.
As evidenced by the recent news stories to include the people that were kidnapped at gunpoint in Uganda and the couple that went missing and found dead in the Dominican Republic… safety is paramount! With that said, the U. S. State Department issued warnings for ~35 countries. Story here.
The State Department has labeled the following countries with a “K” to indicate that there are high risks of being kidnapped or taken as a hostage. The official statement is here.
According to NY Daily News, “Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the Ukraine, Uganda, Venezuela and Yemen.
“The Bureau of Consular Affairs works closely with the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs and the entire U.S. interagency to serve and protect Americans overseas and to prevent and resolve cases of kidnapping and hostage-taking,” according to the NY Daily News.
I am posting this b/c I want people to be aware and informed.
If you are going to be traveling to any of the countries listed here, it’s important that you know that there are risks associated with that specific place.
We have to remember that not everyone, everywhere… love Americans, the United States, the President, or what Americans stand for, as a whole. 🤷🏾♀️
Some basic guidelines for safety:
⚠Please be mindful of where you’re going. Tell someone you’re with on the trip where you’re going as well.
⚠Please alert the U.S. Embassy of where you’re going in case something happens. Better yet, make contact with the U.S. Embassy when you get to your destination.
⚠Please be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
⚠Don’t go out alone at night, especially women.
Of course, there are more safety guidelines than what I listed here, but I thought sharing these few can get you started. 🙌💕
Be advised that this isn’t meant to scare anyone out of traveling. It’s meant to inform you of the risks should you choose to travel to any of the above places or anywhere, really.
Shared with 💕💕… Please be careful, be safe, but also enjoy yourselves! ❤