A Hawaaian sea urchin in a coral crevice.

Ocean Safety in Hawaii

More people drown in Hawaii than anywhere else in the world. But don’t let the statistics deter you from enjoying the ocean! Use common sense along with these tips for respecting both the ocean and the creatures that live in it to stay safe.

A temporarily abandoned Toyota Land Cruiser with missing (broken) front steering knuckle in a canyon above Panamint Valley.

Death Valley Desert Survival Tips

Death Valley’s vast spaces, remote roads, and weather extremes can create potentially risky situations, but traveling is not any more dangerous than in other national parks if you are prepared for the unique environment. Know what weather to expect and where you’re going, and be prepared for the unexpected.

Colombian police receiving a briefing in a public square.

Staying Safe in Colombia

Colombia is safe to visit, and the majority of visitors have a wonderful experience in the country. But there are volatile regions citizens and visitors alike are best avoiding, as well as notable city crimes that target inattentive travelers. Prevention is the key to avoiding becoming a victim; learn what to watch for in this article by expert traveler Andrew Dier.

A hat and sunglasses on a tropical beach.

Hawaiian Islands Travel Health and Safety

With the perfect weather, a multitude of fresh-air activities, soothing negative ionization from the sea, and a relaxed and carefree lifestyle, everyone seems to feel better in the islands. But the sun here is extremely strong even on cloudy days, the wind can dehydrate you faster than you might think, and while there are no vaccinations required to visit Hawaii, there are some common pests and water-bourne illnesses to be mindful of.

A young woman fills a water bottle from a stream in Yosemite.

Yosemite Hiking Health and Safety

By far the biggest dangers to be faced in Yosemite are those created by visitors who don’t follow posted rules and regulations. Carry a day pack with all the essentials for a day out and a few emergencies, and prepare ahead of time for Yosemite’s terrain.

Light filters through a window into a glass bauble shaped like the sun.

Avoiding Heat-related Health Issues in Tucson

Whether you’re shopping in the streets or hiking in the hills, Arizona’s incessant sun can quickly become dangerous for the unprepared. Learn to recognize the symptoms of heatstroke and other travel safety tips.

Black sea urchins with long spines cluster on the ocean floor near a coral formation.

Bites and Stings in Belize

Thousands of people dive in Belize’s Caribbean and hike its forests every day of the year without incident. This guide is only to let you know what’s out there, not to scare you into remaining in your resort.