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There are many different types of danger that travelers can encounter when traveling and basing your decision on U.S. State Department warnings alone could lead you to come to the wrong conclusion about your chosen travel destination says a new report in Business Insider.
“We decided to investigate what are the most dangerous countries for American to visit as measured by State Department warnings and also by actual deaths. We used data from Priceonomics customer data.world, a platform that ties many different data sets together so it's easy to analyze them,” notes Business Insider.
The results could come as a surprise to travelers.
“We found that Mexico, Mali, and Israel have been targeted by the most travel advisories in recent years, but that Americans are more likely to face life-threatening danger in Thailand, Pakistan, and Honduras,” the survey indicates.
The analysis by Priceonmics found that there were more warnings for Mexico, Mali and Israel than there were for Pakistan, which was fourth on the list.
In an eight-year period, Mexico was on the receiving end of 28 separate warnings which is notable not only for the fact that it received the most, but was also one of the only countries that isn’t in an ongoing conflict with another nation.
“Most other countries on this ranking are participants in ongoing international conflicts (e.g., Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan), or are sites in which extremist groups regularly carry out terrorist attacks (e.g., Mali, Nigeria, Syria),” Business Insider reports.
However, worldwide crime statistics differ significantly from the list of countries that are on the State Department’s list.
Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines are far more deadly to Americans.
“In general, a violent death abroad is extremely unlikely. Between 2009 and 2013, 1,151 Americans — out of a population of 316 million — were killed abroad. For comparison, 15,809 homicides occurred in the U.S. in 2014 alone,” says Business Insider.
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So, while it’s extremely rare that you would die abroad, using State Department warnings to determine risk is often not totally reliable.
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