12/9/14 Travel Warnings
Just before Thanksgiving, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for El Salvador.
It called the Central American state â€œone of the most violent countries in the world.â€
It warned Americans about traveling there. The homicide rateâ€™s very high. Over 43 murders for every one-hundred thousand people.
A typical travel warning urges U.S. citizens to be alert. Aware of their surroundings. It emphasizes places such as hotels, cars, and garages. Theyâ€™re encouraged to travel in groups. And avoid unguarded streets and parks.
Since November 1st, the State Department issued travel warnings for several other countries due to the threat of violence.
In addition to El Salvador, these countries and their homicide rates are:
El Salvador 43.3
Democratic Republic of Congo 28.3
Central African Republic 11.8
Now, consider this.
The government doesnâ€™t always warn Americans of every high risk location.
According to the FBI for cities with at least 100,000 people hereâ€™s the top five homicide list:
New Orleans 41.4
St Louis 37.7
According to TripAdvisor.com, New Orleans is one of the nationâ€™s top 5 travel destinations.
But according to these statistics, it may be more dangerous than four violent Third World nations.