Unfortunately, not everyone gets along in the world today and thus it isn’t necessarily safe to travel to certain places. Security conditions can change rapidly in different regions and countries, and this underscores the importance of monitoring country-specific travel advisories.

Every government issues their own travel advisories hoping to warn and protect their citizens abroad. It is important to listen to these travel warnings as you don’t want to find yourself stuck in the middle of some civil war and have no way to get yourself out… especially if your government has already warned about being there in the first place!

The general threat of terrorism against Western interests overseas remains high – accordingly, travelers overseas should keep themselves informed of developments that could affect their safety. Terrorists are prepared to strike indiscriminately and unpredictably; actions could involve kidnappings, hijackings, bombings, suicide operations or other acts of violence.

Here are some of the latest advisories issued by the US State Department… while aimed at informing Americans of dangerous activities abroad, any traveler can heed, and probably should, the advice given here.

Things You Should Know Before You Go Abroad
Current Travel Advisories
Worldwide Caution from US State Department
General Advice for Australians
Here are some links to other travel warning pages:
Government Travel Pages:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Official travel advice for Australians covering all destinations.
Canadian Government: Travel Reports – Canadian government’s official travel advice.
Travel Safety Information – Official travel advice and warnings from the New Zealand government.
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office – British government official travel advice and warnings for all countries.
U.S. Department of State – US government’s official travel advice and travel warnings. Registration for automated email updates.
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Travel Warning Pages:
Air Security International’s Hot Spots – Detailed listing of security related news items from around the world updated daily.
expatexchange.com – Registration for email newsletters containing critical travel warnings designed for US expatriates.
Fielding’s DangerFinder – A somewhat ‘gung ho’ approach to dangerous places but contains detailed information about how to keep safe in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Also has a traveller’s bulletin board.
iJET Travel Intelligence – Commercial organisation providing detailed travel advice and warnings for various destinations.
Kroll – The Risk Consulting Company – Risk assessments for business travellers in the Middle East and Argentina. Register for email newsletter.
Overseas Advisory Council (OSAC) – Private/US Government partnership. Issues travel advisories and announcements. Database of news items related to overseas incidents, mostly specific to US interests.