While traveling to most countries is safe overall, several countries still cause many parents to think twice before bringing their children with them on a visit. A child’s safety is a priority for parents, and thankfully, several experienced travelers recently converged in an online discussion to reveal which countries they would never bring their kids to.
Political unrest has caused Brazil to become highly volatile in recent years, as subsequent presidential elections have increasingly divided citizens. As a result, violent crimes have increased, making Brazil one of the more dangerous countries to visit – whether you bring your children with you or not.
Recently, Egypt has developed a reputation for petty crimes, scams, and making advances at women of all ages – especially children. “Egypt was kinda creepy as I only went there when I was a young teenager, and during every trip, grown men who worked at the hotel were flirting with me and making sexual advances,” recalls one woman. So if you’re considering visiting Egypt with your children, think again!
Visually, Haiti is beautiful, as its Caribbean roots make the country a viable tourist destination for many families. But unfortunately, American visitors are frequently targeted by citizens for many violent crimes, making visiting this island nation a bizarre choice for any family looking for well-deserved rest and relaxation.
4. North Korea
Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past half-century, you know North Korea and the United States aren’t on the best terms. It’s one of the only nations in which the U.S. has a “do not travel” advisory because citizens can and will be detained against their will on a whim by the oppressive North Korean government.
While it’s generally advised families with young children stay away from third-world countries, Zimbabwe’s current cultural landscape stands out above all other nations. “Despite Zimbabwe’s natural beauty, it is a dangerous country for visiting families,” explains one expert. “Due to poor economic circumstances, opportunistic crimes such as car theft, home theft, and pickpocketing are commonplace.” In addition, more violent crimes – including home invasion, carjacking, and assault – are rising.
It’s not a secret that traveling to Russia is a bad idea for any American citizen, especially families. The risk of being wrongfully detained is at an all-time high, and besides, let me be honest: There are dozens of countries more family-friendly than Russia these days.
Harassment is especially prevalent in countries like India, where a foreign woman of any age is likely to be catcalled, harassed, or assaulted. Moreover, it’s concerning how men in India treat women these days. “Seeing videos of young-looking white children in India, with crowds of men following them trying to take pictures with them, is really terrifying,” confesses one woman. “I have a hard time believing it’s actually like that, but I still wouldn’t bring my kids there, just in case.”
Due to its borders being heavily influenced by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the United States strongly advises that families wait to visit Belarus. Many travelers confess that American tourists can be detained for any reason, especially if anti-Russian sentiment is detected. In the current cultural climate, Belarus is a stay-away country.
Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations on Earth, the Italian culture is very accepting of men being flirtatious towards young women – no matter their age. “There is literally nowhere you can go where men won’t hit on you, even if you are underage,” reveals one parent. “The waiters will hit on you – as will the employees in shops, men on the street, men on the train, the tour guides, almost every man you see regardless of age. At any time of day. It’s bizarre.”
Like many other nations on this list, Kenya has seen violent crimes increase exponentially in recent years. Crimes such as home invasions, carjacking, and kidnapping have spiked over the last decade. So don’t visit Kenya anytime soon if you genuinely care about your kids’ safety.
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