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 …

Russian Federation – 2018

Although most tourists will not be subjected to the nerve gas attacks that Russia favors for political opponents, the adventurous woman traveler does need to be concerned about harassment, rape, terrorism, and other crimes (pick-pocketing, mugging, and scams) as well as racism and general hostility to Westerners.  It’s unfortunate for those of us who’d love to go see the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum, etc., but …

Israel – 2018

Israel – Much like Saudi Arabia, tourists to Israel usually aren’t going because of the sunny beaches or other typical tourist attractions, but rather because of their religion or visiting family.  Israel ranks number seven on the Eight Most Dangerous Countries for Women Travelers. Hordes of Christians, Jews, and Muslims descend on Israel for religious experiences, but are likely to run into political and religious …

Turkey – 2018

Turkey is one of the most tempting travel destinations in the world since it’s on the Mediterranean coast, is a spectacularly beautiful place, and has many interesting ancient and modern places to visit.  Unfortunately, they also have a Global Peace Index of 147 (out of 163) and have a World Economic Forum rank of 44 (out of 141).  This is due to a nasty combination …

Eight Worst Countries for Women Tourists – 2018

How many travel articles have you read that were all about great photos and pretended that virtually any country is fine to visit with a few commonsense precautions?  It’s terrible advice since not all countries are the same and some are far more dangerous for women than others with unique hazards that need to be avoided.  This article covers countries that women tourists are likely …

Need a Winter Get Away?

Looking for a winter get away? Try the Florida Keys, a 193-km (120-mile) chain of tropical islands off the southern tip of Florida sitting between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The sun is shining, waters are warm, and the reefs are teeming with fish. Bicycling, kayaking, boating, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are a few of the things to do. …