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Tyler Cowen

Scared to Travel to ‘Dangerous’ Places? Don’t Be

Places that seem unsafe in headlines can actually be quite pleasant to visit.

On their way.

On their way.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America

If you travel a great deal, as I do, you will eventually have to face the question of whether a trip is so dangerous that you shouldn’t take it. And if you confront this question often enough, as I have, you will eventually develop some principles to guide your choices.

In traveling to almost 100 countries over 35 years, I have acquired a few ways to think about assessing the level of risk. I should note that not all of you may wish to be so adventurous, and that women may face some special risks, even in ostensibly safe locales.