According to today’s article in LA Times of the 1000 people surveyed, only 18% would completely alter their travel plans in view of the recent US State Department warnings. 14% stated they would not change their plans, 20% stated it would have very little effect and the remaining 47% said it would have some effect but not enough to cancel their plans.
In April alone, the State Department has issued 9 warnings, mainly regarding the Middle East countries. Interestingly, Afghanistan placed in the 12th place.
We are happy to confirm, that none of the South American countries are on this list. The only Central American country, placed in #3, is Mexico, unfortunately for our neighbors.
However, when considering not traveling to those hot spots, one has to take into account that often there are isolated areas of unrest and violence and perhaps danger, while the other parts of the country maybe quite safe to visit. After all, we would take same precautions venturing into some violence-prone and notorious parts of our own hometowns.
Safe and happy trails!