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Where Not to Travel in 2023

Not going to these places is a smart move
Do Not Travel

Before traveling, it is important to research your destination thoroughly to ensure that it is safe. The U.S. Department of State provides up-to-date travel advisories for every country, which should be consulted before planning a trip. Additionally, it is important to research the local laws and customs of your destination to avoid any cultural misunderstandings or legal issues.

In general, it is recommended to avoid traveling to areas with high levels of political instability, civil unrest, or terrorism. Similarly, areas with high levels of crime or gang activity should also be avoided. It is also important to avoid traveling to areas with high levels of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or wildfires.

It is also recommended that you purchase travel insurance before embarking on any trip. This will provide coverage for any medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost luggage.

Ultimately, the decision of where to travel is up to the individual. However, by researching your destination thoroughly and taking necessary precautions, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Here is my list of places the average (Unseasoned) traveler should avoid in 2023

Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, Mali, and Iraq.

Afghanistan has been identified as potentially the most dangerous country in the world to visit in 2023 according to the recently published Risk Map 2023. Citizens must have a valid passport and Afghan visa to enter and exit Afghanistan. Travelers arriving without a valid visa are subject to deportation or confiscation of their passports and heavy fines. Obviously, with the United States pulling out of Afghanistan in such an irresponsible and politically motivated way, things there have reverted back to Taliban control and Americans should steer clear of them at all costs.

Medical and security specialist International SOS named Syria the second-most dangerous destination to visit this year. In recent years Americans were not able to acquire a Syrian tourist visa, but recently this has changed. Anybody from the United States (U.S.A.) can now apply for a Syrian tourist visa. I would not recommend this without a full-time guide and a place to stay that your guide recommends. I will add this if you plan to travel through Syria, make sure you are well versed on the conflict zones and what the customs are in each zone. DO YOUR RESEARCH!

Ukraine is an obviously horrible place to travel when a war between them and Russia is going on. That being said if you find yourself in a situation where you must visit this country, make sure you register your information with the State Department's website.

Mali is a hotspot for ransom-style kidnappings. There's a very high risk of kidnapping in Mali. Armed robbery and carjackings also occur, particularly in the north. Several groups target foreigners. Ransoms paid to kidnappers fund terrorism.

Iraq including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Do not travel to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, due to the volatile security situation and very high risk of violence, armed conflict, kidnapping, and terrorist attack.

Other nations whose security risk was also categorized as "extreme" include the Central African Republic, Somalia, Yemen, and South Sudan, as well as certain areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mozambique, and Israel.

While I am writing this from Turkey, I will say that the State Department does over-exaggerate the dangers to travelers, but for good reason. There is no reason to NOT go to other countries that they have listed as dangerous if you do your best to research the locations and listen to your Spidey-senses.

Happy Traveling!



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