As if to underscore how dangerous international travel has become for U.S. citizens, the State Department issued advisories today for every country in the world.
That means that we’ve reach the maximum number of countries — 195 out of 195—that are considered high-risk and no longer safe destinations for American travelers.
“Since the 2016 election, and the inflammatory proclamations and provocative words from President Trump, we’ve seen a dramatically higher incidence of terror threats, kidnappings, and aggressive actions against U.S. citizens traveling abroad,” said State Department Assistant Secretary, Bruce Tannen. “We are now advising Americans who are thinking of traveling overseas to consider domestic destinations instead like Disneyworld, Niagara Falls, or Yosemite Park — places we feel we can do a much better job of protecting them and their families.”
Tannen added that U.S. citizens who absolutely must be overseas due to business obligations or family visits “should try to travel in packs, puff up their shoulders real high, and make themselves look bigger than they actually are which will sometimes scare off would be American attackers.”
The State Department travel advisories also suggest that U.S. tourists eager to get away for fun and sun consider traveling only to Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory. “They like the U.S. tourist dollar down there, they’re reasonably friendly, and if we have to evacuate you for some reason, you won’t be isolated halfway around the world,” said Tannen.
Asked how long he thought the global travel warning would stay in effect, Mr. Tannen did not mince words. “My best guess is that Americans should plan to stay put for the next few years or so at a minimum. If the rest of the world warms up to us for some reason, we’ll certainly lift the advisories, but until then the wisest course of action is to shelter-in-place.”
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