How to Have a Great Vacation and Stay out of Trouble in These Countries

Everyone knows that before you go on a trip you need to buy insurance, make a photocopy of your passport, put together a medical kit for any occasion, and remember to bring sun cream. But a trip to some countries might not be as peaceful as tourist brochures promise us.

Bright Side will tell you how to make your vacation comfortable and pleasant...and how to make sure nothing spoils it.


In Mexico, you can sunbathe on beaches with white sand, drink real tequila, and explore ancient pyramids. But don't forget about your safety.

  • There are 280 species of scorpion in Mexico. Most of them aren't poisonous, but some can kill a man with one bite. Watch your step when you go for a walk.
  • If you are found drunk on the streets of Mexico, you can go to jail. You can also get alcohol poisoning in Mexico.
  • The water in Mexico isn't suitable for drinking. Even Mexican people themselves admit it. Buy bottled water only.
  • The crime level is high here. Tourists can get robbed even on public transport. Stay alert when you take money out of a cash machine. Don't walk alone in the evening.
  • Bright impressions aren't the only thing you can bring home from your trip to Mexico. There's a risk of catching diseases such as typhoid or malaria, so be sure to get inoculated.


In Colombia, you can see the San Agustín Archaeological Park and the National Coffee Park. Or you can take a look inside the Las Lajas Church and the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. There's a lot to see here, but it's not always safe to travel around this country.

  • Colombia has a high crime level. If you catch a taxi in the street, you can get in trouble. It is recommended to call a taxi from the hotel reception and only use the services of official operators, not private ones.
  • The waters of Colombia are home to sharks, piranhas, and one of the most poisonous frogs on Earth. Wear special strong shoes when you enter the sea to avoid hurting your feet. Ask local people or a guide which beaches are suitable for safe swimming.


Turkey is one of the most popular and safest tourist destinations. But you may find surprises even here.

  • In places not popular with tourists, women shouldn't leave the territory of the hotel without someone accompanying them. They should also avoid going for a walk at night and wearing revealing clothes. It is a good idea to bring a headscarf with you.
  • While in Turkey, you may encounter a traditional Turkish toilet, which looks like a hole in the floor. It is customary to wash your private parts with water there, so there may be no toilet paper or you may need to pay an additional fee for it. Carry some paper tissues with you.


There are dozens of reasons to visit India. For example, to see magnificent ancient palaces, the festival of colors and lights, and to try local dishes. But you may encounter unpleasant things here as well.

  • It is easy to get an infection or helminthes. To avoid this, drink only bottled water of familiar brands bought in shops. Before the trip, get inoculated against hepatitis A and typhoid.
  • Women traveling to India are advised to respect local dress codes and to avoid walking alone at night so as not to provoke sexual harassment on the streets, especially in rural areas and places not popular with tourists.


In Egypt, you may enjoy the view of the ancient pyramids and the thoughtful Sphynx, go for a swim in the Red Sea, and ride a camel. Your vacation will go smoothly if you remember some safety rules.

  • Do not swim in river water to avoid catching schistosomiasis. Swim in the sea or a swimming pool with purified water. If you find yourself in fresh water, make sure you don't get water in your mouth.
  • The coral reefs of the Red Sea are home to the crown-of-thorns starfish. Its needles are poisonous and cause vomiting, dizziness, and skin inflammations. If you prick yourself on it, place the affected area into hot water, clean the wound, apply antiseptic, and consult a doctor.
  • Egypt is a Muslim country, which is why it is not recommended to wear revealing clothes outside the hotel.
  • Different illnesses are quite common in Egypt. For example, hepatitis A and B. Make sure you have all the necessary inoculations: measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and other illnesses.


Tunisia has the amazing sea, beaches, and spa centers. But it's not as perfect as it may seem.

  • From time to time, political marches and conflicts happen here. If you witness one, try to keep away from the crowd.
  • Tunisia has a strict ban on photographing towers, bridges, and military objects. Before taking a picture of something, ask a law enforcement official for permission.
  • If you swim in the sea in August, you risk encountering jellyfish. If this happens, wash the burn with pure water, then consult a doctor.
  • Get inoculated before the trip. Tourists often come down with hepatitis A and typhoid in Tunisia.

South Africa

In South Africa, the diamond center of the world, you can visit the Cape of Good Hope, take a look at the penguin beach, and visit Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe. But be ready for surprises.

  • Be on your guard in the evening: there is a high level of crime here. Don’t walk around the slums alone. It's better to move around in a car at night. Keep the car windows shut. Road robberies are quite common here.
  • Be careful on the roads in South Africa. People drive on the left in this country. When you cross the road, first look left, then right.
  • Smoking is prohibited in many public places, and you can be fined for it. Smoke only in designated areas.
  • South Africa is the home of the most dangerous animals of Africa. Be careful on trips that involve animals. It is also recommended to swim at beaches with a metal net protecting people from sharks.
  • Make sure to visit a doctor before the trip to get all the necessary inoculations. Malaria, yellow fever, and rabies are common here.


The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, features a monument to Pushkin. If you go to the national museum, you will be able to see the remains of Lucy, the oldest human. But you should keep your guard even in this beautiful country.

  • Avoid border regions with Somali, Kenya, Sudan, and Eritrea. In the past, there was political unrest in these countries and people were kidnapped. Travel in a group with a guide.
  • The season of rain in Ethiopia lasts from April to September, depending on the region. Before the trip, make sure to find out what the weather is going to be where you're heading.
  • They have very strict rules for photographing. Before taking a picture, ask permission from the locals or policemen.
  • Study the list of illnesses that can be contracted in Ethiopia and get inoculated. It is possible to catch cholera, meningitis, hepatitis, and malaria in this country.


Nigeria survived the slave trade, revolutions, and independence wars. Nevertheless, this country has things to see. For example, you can check out spontaneous markets in Lagos, see a unique nature monument – the Jos Plateau – or visit Lake Chad. But remember that it's not always safe in Nigeria.

  • There were cases of foreign tourists being kidnapped. Just in case, don't stray too far away from the hotel, and don't walk alone. It's a good idea to avoid wearing overly revealing clothes.
  • There are many poisonous snakes. Hippos, elephants, and crocodiles may present a danger as well. When you go for a walk, stay alert. Watch your step, and don't approach animals. Don't pet or feed them.
  • Avoid walking barefoot along a sandy beach or drying wet clothes outside. Some species of tropical flies may lay maggots in them, which then will get under the skin.
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