travel safety Archive

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Americans May Be Getting Better at Reading a Map

I’m currently at Mexico’s annual tourism conference and they’re a happy bunch these days. They’re back in the top-10 worldwide for the number of visitors after receiving 29.1 million in 2014. This is an increase of 20% from 2013 and more than 24% from 2012. This set a new record, one that

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Use Temporary Downturns to Your Travel Advantage

When a place is getting bad press, do you follow the sheep who run away? Or do you act like a contrarian traveler and take advantage of the temporary opportunity? Like an investor who shuns the hot stock at its peak and buys the out-of-favor values for bigger returns, the biggest payoff

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Filter Out the Safety Noise on International Travel

There have been times in my travel life where I’ve practically had a location to myself. Tens of thousands of tourists canceled trips to India when I was there the first time, in the mid-1990s, because a plague had broken out in one city of one state and it was on the

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(Smart) People Aren’t So Scared of Traveling Anymore

The Mexican gangs may not be busted, but Mexican tourism is going gangbusters. Apparently 23.7 million tourists came to Mexico last year, up 3.5% from their previous record year in 2008. Yes, that was six years ago, so it’s been a climb up after a big drop, but a steady, fruitful climb

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Travel Backup Plans, Part 2

A while back I wrote briefly about the need to have backup plans for products and services you depend on while traveling. This was right after Google killed off its popular RSS reader and a bunch of people I know had their gmail account hacked—which of course affects all the other things