No one wants to be told where they can and cannot go. Travel is about getting excited for a new experience, throwing caution to the wind, and jetting off to the other side of the world. Throwing too much caution to the wind, however, can be inadvisable.

International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security services company, has released a Travel Risk Map that predicts the most dangerous places to travel in 2020. The map takes into account political violence, social unrest, violent and petty crime, the risks of natural disasters, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services, as well as other factors such as the strength of the transport infrastructure. There are five categories of risk: insignificant, low, medium, high, and extreme.

As reported by Forbes, Matthew Bradley, regional security director at International SOS, pointed to the significance of geopolitical events in shaping a country’s risk assessment. “We’ve seen that most notably in Hong Kong,” he said, referring to the prolonged violent riots, “in other lower-risk countries like Chile and in some higher-risk countries like Bolivia, Ecuador and Lebanon.” While the US a low-risk country, Bradley said its risk level could change with the upcoming election.

The most dangerous countries to travel to in 2020 are considered to be in Africa and the Middle East, including:

  • Libya
  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • Afghanistan

It’s not all glum news, though. The map also points out the safest countries in the world, including:

  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Seychelles
  • Cayman Islands

To know more about the safety status of your destination, use International SOS’ interactive map.

Overwhelmingly, the world is a safe place to travel. Just because you’re an American walking down Barcelona’s La Rambla, it is not a foregone conclusion that you’re going to get robbed. Getting scammed at a Moroccan souk is unlikely if you keep your wits about you. Danger will always exist in unfamiliar places, but if you exercise caution and common sense, you can travel pretty much anywhere in the world with peace of mind.

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