Police station in Tortuguero. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Staying Safe in Costa Rica

Staying safe while traveling in Costa Rica is one part preparation and two parts common sense. You’ll find most of these tips apply to travel almost anywhere, but there are a handful of specific precautions you can take to ensure both you and your possessions are safe in Costa Rica.

San Jose has a compact core, as seen from above Parque Morazan. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Discover San José, Costa Rica

San José’s central position makes it an ideal base for forays into the countryside, applying the hub-and-spoke system of travel—almost every part of the country is within a four-hour drive. Read on to learn more about the city and how to plan your time there.

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.

Barr’s Bay Park on the Hamilton waterfront is a staging point for concerts.

Planning Your Time in Pembroke Parish, Bermuda

Hamilton, in Bermuda’s Pembroke Parish, is an excellent home base for exploring the rest of the area and neighboring parishes. Expert author Rosemary Jones shares tips on getting around, area highlights, and suggestions to smooth your sightseeing experience.

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.

Three travelers trekking in the Andes along the Salcantay route to Machu Pichhu.

A Beginners’ Guide to Trekking Peru

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Here’s how to get started planning, the best times to go, and other practicalities.