I can assure you that all of these countries are safe. With regards to safety I'd be more concerned with pickpockets and locals doing their best to rip you off than anything else. You should be fine if you use some common sense - i.e. don't do something ridiculous like going around wearing safari gear or a fanny pack . Africans tend to have the impression that foreigners are really wealthy and will raise prices unimaginably higher than normal. You need to be firm with them because they will be pushy - don't worry you won't offend them. And bargain like crazy for anything you're buying off the street.
The Netherlands will be red by October.
UK - Live there, been all over.
Ireland - Dublin and Kerry.
France - Normandy, Paris, Provence, Poitou, Dordogne, also a few overnight stops.
Spain - Barcelona.
Andorra - drove through.
Monaco - same.
Italy - Rome, Tuscany, also drove down to Naples on a day trip from Rome.
Switzerland - Interlaken.
Germany - The Black Forest, Berlin, the Rhineland.
Belgium - drove through.
Luxembourg - same.
Czech Republic - Prague.
Greece - Crete and Rhodes.
Turkey - Bodrum.
USA - California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida. Also Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, but I only saw the insides of airports.
I was in the Rift Valley in Kenya (and in Nairobi and Mai Maihu), and yes violence here and there, they had a very different take on (white) foreigners. Most people genuinely understood that if white people get hurt the tourism industry will go down fast. There was one guy from Australia maybe who was killed at that time, but he ventured into a really dangerous neighborhood of Nairobi - chances are that he may have been killed in a similar neighborhood in Rio or Jakarta too.
The biggest issues I've seen is price boosting, pickpocketing and people you meet wanting your email address to ask for your help later on.
Denmark (live there)
USA (4x, twice in Florida, twice in California/west coast)
France (4x, once in Paris, once in Normandy, once in Provence and once in Alsace, driven through and flown from there a couple of times too)
Germany (Lost count, been to most big cities and have driven through a lot aswell, probably spend more time there than all other foreign places together)
Czech Rep. (1x in Prague)
Spain (3x once in Andalusia, twice in Barcelona)
Belgium (2x, once in Brussels, once in Flanders)
Greece (1x, Crete)
Norway (2x, Around Oslo)
Sweden (Lost count aswell, been mostly in Malmö, though I have been to Stockholm and beyond once)
Italy (6x, twice at Lake Como, four times in Toscana/Umbria)
UK (7x, 4 times in London, 3 times in Lancashire and Scotland, going there this summer aswell)
Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands (driven through quite a few times)
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I've been to every country in the Balkans, including Kosovo and Montenegro, which aren't listed on the site, but I'm from the region so that's expected. I've also been to Hungary and Austria. Elsewhere in Europe, I've been to the UK and the Netherlands, but only in between flights. Edit: I forgot to list Turkey, I've been there a few times.
I'm going to Central America in a few weeks, so I've put that down. The plan is to stay in Guatemala for two weeks and make brief trips into Honduras, and then one week where my friend and I will roam around the region and end up in Panama for a flight back to his city in the US. Should be a blast.
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Disappointingly few, but I hate asking my parents for cash and I'm always broke.
Finland: on an exchange trip to the Swedish-speaking part. Beautiful country, boring people (at least the girl I stayed with, being hot does not equal being remotely interesting))
Poland: Want to go again, originally went with family but we had a bit of falling out so I couldn't really enjoy it.
Austria: mountain hiking when I was a kid
Germany: Visited Berlin and some of the more prominent interbellum/WWII locations with my dad
Switzerland: mountain hiking, quite funny, me and my group were walking in shorts and everyone else was wearing 20 layers of clothing.
France : done about everything you can there
Netherlands : just stayed at a vacation domain. Don't like it, people always focus on my accent there which gets very tiresome
Spain: typical beach holiday which was boring, went back for a language course and Barcelona, which was slightly less boring
UK: been there several times, Scottish Highlands and London have been two of my favourites
Czech republic: long ago, don't remember too much about it
Luxembourg: hardly noticed I was abroad
Some day I'll actually write all the reviews I keep promising...
Spot on about the Australian guy. My guess is that he probably ventured into one of the more dangerous areas of Kibera and might have gotten lost. I also wouldn't be surprised if he simply was killed mistakenly in all the confusion, riots in that area were put down quite violently - to the extent that they used tanks.
If you ever go back to Kenya, do visit the Lake Victoria district, and particularly do your best to venture outside Kisumu. If you can stand being jolted about relentlessly in a crowded, stuffy oversized matatu for three hours or longer, on a road with potholes the size of lunar craters (mind you, it was because they were rebuilding the road when I travelled through there) then Homa Bay and Mbita are probably the most worthwhile places to go to if you want to get completely off the radar. Alternatively you could probably simply rent a dirtbike, which is how most people get around there. The road from Homa Bay to Mbita is particularly spectacular. Very few tourists ever go there (we only met two white people the entire time) and as a result you can get a very genuine experience of Luo culture there.
I hope to add by the end of the year:
And in the next few years:
Italy (got someone who lived there for 14 years who I want to go with)
Egypt (got a friend who immigrated from there who offered to bring me there)
A place I won't mention
If I get a job with USAID like I hope after I leave the Army I'm sure I'll see enough.
“The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.”
—Sir William Francis Butler
USAID eh? My dad still tells me how when we had USAID packages delivered here in Greece, my grandma would take the sack the aid came in and make underwear and shorts out of it for her kids, and my dad still remembers the logo on it, hehe.
Quite different than the Army though.
Hitlers come and go, but Germany and the German people remain.
Here is Germany
Under the patronage of Gertrudius!
US - U.S Virgin Is. and Washington D.C
Greece - Crete, Zakynthos and so on.
Russia - St. Petersburg
Austria - Vienna
Czech Republic - Prague
And I'm going on a holiday to Bulgaria this August.
Under the Patronage of Gertrudius!
Argentina(I live there lol), Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, the USA, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.
"...to promote the general welfare and ensure the benefits of liberty for us, for our posterity and for every man in the world who wishes to inhabit Argentine soil."
Under the Patronage of Maximinus Thrax
Not out of High School yet, so not had many oppurtunities to leave the states. But here's my list of "want to go" countries.
"A wise man in times of peace, will prepare for war. Peace is boring, and the wise man has nothing better to do with his time." -Anon
I find it funny that people always seem to avoid Switzerland.
Sure it is horribly mountainous but it is like how Europe should be.
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Netherlands: live there, mainly been in Limburg, I've also been to North Holland +Amsterdam a couple times
Belgium: drove through hell a lot of times, also been to Belgium Limburg a few times and to the Ardennes
Luxembourg: drove through a lot of times too, my father always buys tobacco there
France: Been all over the country, lost count
Italy: been to the North quite some times+been to Rome last year with scool
Vatican City: visited while in Rome
Spain: been to Canary Isles once when I was a kid
Germany: been on vacation to the Eiffel, Sauerland and alongside the Rhine. I've also visited Aachen? Aix la chapelle loads of time.
Switserland: drove through quite some times
Austria: drove through too+ been on vacation to Karinthia (really nice)
I forgot Greece, I've been there when I was one
A few weeks to go before I will add San Marino.
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