If your job requires international travel, stories about the violence, drug wars, political unrest, and terrorism taking place in countries all over the world have probably caught your attention. For example in Mexico, we’ve heard accounts of tainted alcohol, gunpoint robberies, kidnappings, and even drug-related violence that has occasionally caught a tourist in the crossfire. Mexico is certainly not alone in this respect, however—nearly any country (including our own!) can pose risks to American tourists.
This is why it is so important to weigh the relatively rare instances of tragedy against the fact that the vast majority of travelers from the United States return unscathed and energized by their experiences with new and interesting cultures. The key is taking steps to reduce your overall exposure to risk by being an informed, mindful traveler who takes precautions when necessary.
This article is the first in a series of three that will explore the