Lots of people, especially when planning to travel somewhere, ask "Is that place dangerous?!". My answer is , "Yes".
And it's true. There are bad people everywhere. There are otherwise good, yet desperate people everywhere. There are knives, guns, flames, bacteria, and animals, everywhere. There is risk in everything that you do, at home, or abroad.
But I say "Go anyway".
Most of the people there don't give a flying flip that you're even there. They're too busy with their own life's trials and tribulations to worry about you.
There will be fewer people there who do care that you're there. They'll be busy trying to help you in some way to somehow enrich their own lives, which is respectable.
There will be just a few people there who truly wish to make your day better somehow, with no thought of reward.
And there will be a couple bad people there too. Try and avoid those people, or at the very least, try not to be a target.
Now for SightWorks' top 3 tips for travel:
1. Research: Look up the places you want to go. Not just the country, or the city. Look up the neighborhood, the hotel, the attraction, etc.. If 500 people survived that place long enough to post a positive review of the place online, chances are you'll survive long enough to get back to your computer too. :-)
2. Language: You can't "know" a place if you don't speak the language. That said, learn enough to be able to communicate the important things you need to say. A huge part of feeling safe, is knowing what's going on around you. If you don't understand, you'll be scared.
3. Image: If you look like you can pay $500, you might as well paint a big bulls-eye on your forehead. Either the mugger, or the taxi driver, or the hand crafted clothing store lady is looking for you. If you look like you can pay $5, you're not worth anyone's time, including the bad guys.
Ok, Ok, just one last thought before the video.
Poverty is not dangerous. Desperation is dangerous. Be humble, be generous when applicable, and be kind. You'll be fine :-)
So far I have spent some time guiding myself through the USA, Canada, Mexico, Korea, and Peru. While I'm no expert, I'm definitely not guessing here :-)