I must be missing something. The December 16, 2016, issue of National Geographic Traveler lists its “Best of the World” destinations for 2017. There are “21 Must-See Places “.
#1 is Papua New Guinea. I have talked to people over the years who’ve been there. I know people who have lived there. They were glad to leave. Most websites warn against going there. One says, “Papua New Guinea has a high crime rate. U.S. citizens have been victims of violent crime, including gang-rape, carjacking, home invasions, kidnappings, and armed robberies.”
#3 is Guadeloupe. The New York Times picked this as one of its best 2016 destinations. When Ruth learned that I wanted to go there, she began doing research and refused to accompany me.
#6 is South Africa. “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa due to the high level of serious crime,” says one internet source. “You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times.” The National Geographic Traveler suggests, “Go with Nat Geo” and recommends that you join its 12 day expedition to the Cradle of Humankind.
The city the National Geographic Traveler most highly recommends is Moscow, #15 in its list of 21 Bests. Again, many internet websites warn about going to this city and Russia in general. “In the last decade terrorists have targeted various cities throughout Russia including Moscow,” Swifty.com notes. It calls Russia one of the world’s most dangerous countries. To write his fine book Travels in Siberia, Ian Frazier traveled by car from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok. He hired 2 Russian men to accompany him because he didn’t think he’d survive on his own.
The other National Geographic Traveler recommendations for 2017 include such excellent destinations as Malta, Kauai, and Madrid, where Ruth and I were victims of crime 7 times in one week, including a metro mugging. The other 6 were not as serious. One time we came back unexpectedly to our hotel room and smelled recently exhaled smoke in it and realized that someone had clearly gone through our stuff.
The State Department does a good job of issuing and publishing travel warnings regularly. Recent countries of concern include Israel, the Philippines, and Mexico. The U.S. State Department also reminds us that countries in Europe, including Germany, have been attacked and it “remains concerned about the potential for attacks throughout Europe.” Some countries have warned its citizens not to travel to the United States. The Huff Post says that the governments of Bahrain, Bahamas, and The United Arab Emirates are among them.