32 Crucial Tips for Traveling to Foreign Countries

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More and more Americans are traveling abroad. In fact, on air travel alone, nearly 42 million went overseas in 2018, up 9% from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. With favorable exchange rates in some locales and travel deals around the globe, there’s no reason to stay at home during your next vacation.

A trip to a foreign country no doubt involves adventure and enrichment — and hopefully most of those become memories you cherish. In some cases, however, a trip can come with a bucket of hassles, extra costs, and unexpected circumstances. Which trip you end up having often depends on how well you plan and research your journey.

24/7 Tempo reviewed travel sites, blogs, and government sources such as the U.S. State Department website to offer 32 things you should avoid when planning, booking, and negotiating a new locale overseas.

While there are always actions you can take to make yourself safer when you travel, there are certain parts of the world that are simply too dangerous and that the State Department has advised Americans to avoid altogether — these are the 14 countries the U.S. government doesn’t want you to visit.

On the other hand, many countries go above and beyond to welcome tourists. The United States is not No. 1, but it still ranks high. These are the most tourist friendly countries in the world.