Travel Archive

A Whirlwind of Waffles — Introverts Abroad

Originally, I booked a Spring riverboat cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium because I wanted to see tulips and go to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and other fine museums, all to be found in Amsterdam.  The whole point was to glory in spring, enjoy great art, and paint.  I also wanted to prove to myself that I could do solo travel internationally and for …

Mexico – 2018

Mexico is number two on our list of Eight Most Dangerous Countries for Women Travelers due to its Global Peace Index (GPI) rating of 140 (out of 163), with the GPI’s Mexico report noting that violent crime had increased 15.2 % in 2017, the homicide rate increased 25%, and the government’s capacity to contain the violence is quite weak. Government Alerts Most countries warn its …

Egypt – 2018

Egypt ranks number one on the 2018 List of Eight Most Dangerous Countries for Women Travelers due to high risk of terrorism, rapes, and men harassing women. Egypt could be on the top of the list for most travelers because of its pyramids, the Sphinx, and colorful souks selling pungent spices and rich textiles. It is, however, a terribly dangerous destination at this time. Following …

India – 2018

India ranks number five on the Eight Most Dangerous Countries for Women Travelers due to elevated rates of crime, terrorism, rapes, and sexual assaults. You may long to see the Taj Mahal or participate in a meditation retreat in the northern area, but India is dangerous for its own women and women travelers. Whether it’s because of more crime or improvements in crime reporting, the …

Saudi Arabia – 2018

Saudi Arabia ranks number four on the Eight Most Dangerous Countries for Women Travelers.  Although hardly a common tourist destination, 3.7 million pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, many of them women; this year it is scheduled for August 19-24 when the heat will be stifling.  That means heat stroke, even with carrying umbrellas, hydrating, and being sprayed with cool water by the …

Lebanon – 2018

Who wouldn’t want to go to a lovely country on the Mediterranean with many ancient religious sites?  Not to mention Beirut, a city long considered the Paris of the Middle East with lovely people?  Even though Lebanon is popular among religious people and history buffs, it has fallen to 148 (out of 163) on the Global Peace Index and the World Economic Forum lists it …