Millions of Americans pack their bags and travel overseas every year, with Italy, France and the Caribbean being some of the most popular destinations. Safety is one of many factors Americans consider when choosing their idyllic vacation destination. Some places, however beautiful and historical, are better left unexplored due to consistent safety concerns and warnings. There are locations which continue to draw tourists, despite government travel advisories. Some tourists would rather take their chances, rather than miss out on the opportunity to visit some otherwise magnificent locales.
Proximity makes Mexico an extremely popular destination for Americans, particularly the beach resorts of Cancun, Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Resort areas are generally safe for tourists and aren’t subject to the high levels of crime being committed by criminal organizations. However, many cities and highways are highly dangerous to visit. United States government employees are even barred from visiting some areas and using certain roads. Due to high rates of murders, car-jackings, rapes and kidnappings, the U.S. government advises that Americans avoid or exercise extreme caution in several regions. These include Baja, Sinaloa and Coahuila. Driving at night is particularly dangerous. Tourists have been kidnapped and even murdered. Travelers are advised to stick to toll roads and be prepared for military checkpoints that have been set up to combat the violence.