Where not to go in New York

 

Visiting New York can be very exciting. There are a lot of places for you to see, especially plenty of areas you have probably seen only in movies or photos. It is clearly an opportunity that’s not to be missed. However, there are some places you’d want to avoid going to, mainly if they’re swarming with tourists and masses of people that bump into each other.

While some of the areas that we will be talking about in the following paragraphs might be on your list of places to see, you’d better listen to our recommendations and visit them at the right times of the day or of the year.

Without any further ado, let’s get straight into the places where you wouldn’t want to go while traveling through the Big Apple.

SoHo

Everybody’s heard of SoHo at least once in their lifetime. It is considered the shopping Mecca of New York and could provide you with plenty of things to see. But there are still some dangers and disadvantages that you expose yourself to when visiting this part of Manhattan.

First of all, the alleys of this neighborhood are usually home to muggers that will definitely try to rob you as soon as the sun sets down. Therefore, it’s best to avoid this area as the night settles in.

On the other hand, most people have recommended places like the Lower East Side and Williamsburg if you are looking for a better shopping experience. This is because SoHo can offer you only mainstream accessories and clothing, which some of us are trying to avoid.

 

Little Italy

You may fancy tasting some of the Italian cuisine you’ve heard so much about, but the good days of Little Italy are long gone. Now, the only type of food you can find here is one that’s overpriced and not satisfying at all.

Luckily for you, New York has two Little Italies, so you can visit the one on the Arthur Avenue of the Bronx.

Times Square

We know, this is one of the locations you wanted very much to see, but not all hope is gone. The main disadvantage when reaching Times Square are the enormous tourist crowds that fill this area entirely. In such a crowded place it’s likely that you get pickpocketed and left without any money to buy souvenirs – which are as overpriced as the food in Little Italy.

However, if you really want to get a shot of Times Square, you should plan on visiting on an early weekday, when the crowds are not as big as during the rest of the week. And, of course, keep your possessions close to you to avoid any unpleasant scenarios.

Also, if you happen to have children with you, you should consider equipping them with a GPS kid tracker as they might get lost easily in the tourist crowds. The last thing you want to happen is to lose your child among the people of Times Square.

 

Any lesser-known neighborhoods

Life in New York is safe in general – it is deemed as one of the safest cities in the States. Still, that doesn’t mean you should wander around and get into every shady alley or neighborhood you might find. The central parts of the city are always safe, but straying off the beaten path will lead you to danger.

There’s the risk of you encountering muggers and getting robbed if you travel to any lesser-known neighborhoods, so it’s better you stay in the areas that are recommended for tourists. Moreover, you should avoid traveling after dawn, especially in parks – yes, even in Central Park. These areas may get filled fast with all sorts of suspicious people that might take their chance and try to rob you.

 

 

5 places to avoid in Miami

 

Miami always seems like a fun idea thanks to its beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife. There are a million places to see and to do in a city like Miami, so if you’re planning a trip there anytime soon, you will not regret it.

However, just as with any other major tourist attraction in this world, Miami is not all milk and honey. And, although the crime rate seems to have dropped in the past few years, there are still plenty of dangerous places you should stay away from.

  1. Liberty City

If you’re a tourist looking for a bargain, the flea market in Liberty City may be the worst idea ever. There are plenty of theft and robbery reports around that place, and the entire neighborhood is unsafe unless you know your way around.

If you feel like living on the edge and testing your limits, you can take a short walk in Liberty City, as long as you try to blend in. This means avoiding flashing out your goods, including jewelry, expensive tech, and the latest GoPro accessories for traveling enthusiasts.

 

  1. Bayside Harbor

The place is perfect for people who want to rent boats and yachts or enjoy the nightlife this city has to offer. Unfortunately, where there is fun, there are also plenty of pickpockets, thieves, and robbers. We suggest avoiding this place as it is crowded with con artists and criminals who can easily spot out tourists.

Again, if you still consider visiting this part of Miami, be aware of all the dangers. Try to act like a local and keep your belongings with you at all times.

 

  1. Miami Beach

Miami Beach is to Miami what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, so not going there at least once is inconceivable. Up until recently, this famous part of the city was considered the most dangerous one.

This changed in the past few years thanks to the booming real estate market. Now, Miami Beach is full of luxury condos and high-end restaurants. Unfortunately, this place is not only frequented by tourists and businesspeople, but also by plenty of robbers, drug dealers, and criminals.

You can safely walk around the crowded streets in the daytime, but it would be better to play it safe at night. Don’t go out alone, especially if you are a girl, and never wear revealing clothes or flashy accessories. Women are the easiest targets so you might want to watch your back, especially if you plan on partying up until the morning.

  1. Overtown

Originally named the Colored Town, this neighborhood is on the no-list of locals. We let you figure out why it was called like that, considering that it was also the home of the largest African-American community of the city.

Although things have changed and the neighborhood has started growing, there is no denying that it still confronts with increased crime rate and unemployment.

Once Miami’s very center of commerce, Overtown experienced a critical economic decline starting with the 1950s. There are still plenty of things to do and numerous attractions for tourists, but the place remains crowded with shady people of all nationalities.

 

  1. Downtown

Although voted the safest neighborhood in Miami, Downtown should be avoided out of obvious reasons – it is filled with overpriced restaurants, and you can’t seem to find a right place to stay for a decent price.

Sure, the crime rate is low, and you’ll get to see one of the city’s most impressive buildings and business centers, but unless you are willing to drop a lot of cash, Downtown is not the right place for you.

 

 

Top 5 places to avoid in Los Angeles

 

People are drawn to visiting Los Angeles because it’s considered to be one of the top cities in the world where the majority of actors, singers, and show-business personalities live. Plus, it’s the place where all major movies and TV shows are shot. It’s impossible to get bored in this incredible city.

However, if you dare to venture through long lines of crowds to get a perfect capture to brag about it on social media, you might want to consider a few things. Los Angeles has some particular areas that you should avoid if you don’t want to compromise your little getaway.

 

Gang-Plagued Areas

When planning a visit to Los Angeles, keep in mind that this place is an extremely under-manned (when it comes to police) city, meaning that there is only one police officer for 426 residents and only 19 divisions to cover an entire area of 100 neighborhoods.

Even though there are numerous gangs in LA, these are concentrated in locations far from the tourist attractions. Typically, gangs can be found in Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, Venice, Inglewood, Santa Monica, and East Los Angeles.

If you book a staying at a hotel located in one of these areas, ask the concierge to help you with transportation to the famous entertainment and tourist places in Los Angeles. Also, check whether the accommodation facility has an outdoor security camera so that you can have a proof in case someone attempts to rob you.

South Central Los Angeles

This place has a lot of bad history due to the infamous 1992 riots between white police officers and the African American population. Because of these incidents, the entire neighborhood, as well as other local businesses, were severely damaged.

Stay away from areas like Watts and Compton because they are known for the high number of murders that have happened here. From 2007 until present day, there have been reports of 407 killings along with numerous other types of crimes.

 

East Los Angeles

You can get a clue if you have stepped in a gang area by looking for graffiti or other signs on the buildings. If you get lost, and you manage to end up in East Los Angeles, it’s best to be smart and go to a police station or enter a brightly-lit store with a motion sensor light installed.

However, before going outside, get a GPS and don’t go on these streets that aren’t safe for tourists.

If you intend to rent a car, get something less flashy or expensive. This way, you won’t be noticed and draw unwanted attention if you don’t know your way around Los Angeles.

Venice

Venice is indeed a fantastic beach with famous residents like Dennis Hopper or Anjelica Huston. It’s understandable that you might want to go there and get yourself a five-star tan. The vibe in this place is incredibly bohemian and artistic, and people seem to be worry-free.

However, there’s a dark side to this paradise, and that is the Oakwood gang community which is rather strong with many members. It’s not a great idea to walk alone at night in Venice, especially on the beach or next to a park.

 

Homeless gathering points

One of the most dangerous places in Los Angeles is without any doubts the Skid Row area. On these sidewalks, many homeless people live so don’t open your purse or wallet or flash your phone.

Even though they are mostly harmless, poverty is a difficult situation and sometimes stealing from tourists is their only way to survive.

 

 

5 places to avoid in Tucson

 

Traveling is great. But as soon as you get to a place that you have never been to, you definitely have to take care. It may look like a great city, you may be fascinated, but never forget that even your hometown has places that need to be avoided. If you ever happen to be in Tucson, you have to be informed about the areas that can be dangerous for you, especially at night.

It may seem that Tucson is a very good place to live due to its economy and developments. However, beneath these positive things, there are some neighborhoods that may be a threat to you.

  1. Southern part

It is very important for you to know that you should avoid the southern part of the town, especially at night. You can go there when the sun is still in the sky, but as soon as it starts to darken, make sure you are far from this area. Shootings happen regularly here, and drugs are sold.

It is better for you to stay in a hotel in the north of downtown, it is a safe place, and you can have night walks there.

 

  1. I-10 East Corridor

There are a lot of inexpensive hotels along the I-10 corridor. This place is known for the property crimes that happen here. If you happen to be in the area, do not ever leave your car running and always lock your bike, because you will definitely be left without it.

At first sight, this area may look entertaining, since you may see people listening to music on a boombox or even dancing in the street. But not everything is as it seems to be. 41 violent crimes and 903 property crimes have been reported over time. This area starts with Valencia road and ends with E. Benson Highway.

 

  1. Stone Avenue to Limberlost Drive

This area is the best-known place in Tucson where violent crimes happen. Over time, there have been reported 149 accidents and 1263 property crimes. The likelihood of you becoming a victim in this neighborhood is high, so it is better to avoid walking these streets.

  1. San Ignacio Yaqui

San Ignacio Yaqui is another neighborhood in Tucson that you might want to avoid. Recently, there have been registered over 200 cases of assault and over 1500 cases of theft. Moreover, there have been reported both murder and rape cases in the area, so you’d better watch out.

The median income is $17,821. Most of the houses in this area are available for rent. This is important for you to know if you are looking for a place to stay for some days or even live in. You may be attracted by the low price, but do not ever save money on this. Better pay a higher price for a safe place, than get a cheap apartment and get no sleep because of fear.  

 

  1. E. 22nd Street to E. 36th Street

The area between these streets is characterized as being an urban community, but a number of 88 violent crimes and 659 property crimes have been reported. It may sound like a good neighborhood at first since there are many families with children living here. But, according to most data, these streets are not as safe as they look. You should especially pay great attention to Barrio Centro and Country Club Park.

Maybe it would be a good idea to find someone who has been living in Tucson for the past years. Local people know the areas that are dangerous, and they may help you in this situation. We would also recommend you to visit everything you want to visit by daytime and just relax at home after the sunset. We are pretty sure you do not want your holiday to be ruined if you are on a vacation in Tucson.

 

Top 5 dangerous places for women travelers

 

Bad things are happening in the world. Women are killed and kidnapped on a daily basis. However, you shouldn’t let that scare and prevent you from traveling. On the contrary, it should inspire you to do some research and to find out which are the most dangerous countries you probably should avoid going to.

And to help with that, we’ve created this list, which we tried to make as comprehensive as possible. Take this travel information with a pinch of salt, as things are always changing from one year to another. And to be completely transparent, a terrorist attack could happen anywhere, so these countries are just unfortunate.

We tried to cumulate many factors, from the attitude towards females to the freedom of speech, and most importantly, we decided to take into consideration the way police treats women and if their voices matter just as much as male ones do. If you are from the U.S., these things might seem shocking, but unfortunately, they are a reality for many throughout the world.

The most dangerous place, who did end up on top of our list for a reason, is Egypt. The U.S. Department of State even issued a travel warning. It’s not dangerous for females per se, but it’s a scary place to visit due to the frequent terrorist attacks that happen there and for the increase in activity by groups such as ISIS. These groups kidnap people, raid churches and even murder people in plain sight in some remote cases.

However, some travelers say that this notoriety is a bit unfair, because not all Egypt is like that. Cairo and almost all larger cities are rather safe and amazing to explore without anyone bothering you. Egypt is a fascinating place, marked by millennia of history and pharaohs, filled with attractive destinations like The Pyramids, The Sphinx, and thousands more.

At number two is another country that is dangerous for solo travelers, but not so much for groups. Morocco received a reputation not because of terrorist attacks, but because of petty crime. Pickpocketing, street robberies, burglaries, purse-snatching are frequent, and people advise that you use a travel agency for everything or have at least a local to show you around.

Another advice that will help you stay under the radar is to wear clothes that cover your entire body and not to flash your valuables like phones and laptops. Moroccans are friendly and helpful people, but like in most underdeveloped countries, stolen goods sell well. However, friendly as they may be, you should expect catcalling.

Travelers also pinpointed Jamaica as an unsafe place for single women. Resorts are generally safer, but if you leave the comfort of their perimeter, you might find yourself dealing with unsolicited attention – in a very bad way. Especially in the cities of Montego Bay and Kingston. Like many cultures, Jamaicans can be homophobic, so if you’re traveling with your partner, be discreet.

At number four we have a surprising, yet super popular place. The Bahamas has been a favorite with U.S. citizens for years. Why is it so dangerous, you ask? Because this chain of islands has seen an increase in armed robberies and assault, not only from locals but from tourists too. More and more flock to the New Providence each year, and along with money, some bring violence with them.

It is the price the island nation has to pay for its popularity. A United Nations report said that it has one of the highest incidences of sexual assault in the whole Caribbean. Bahamas’ government has promised to invest more in protecting both groups and to improve its laws.  People pointed out that the police force has to be more efficient in catching criminals.

And lastly, we have our neighbor, Mexico. The country is blamed for the fault of just a tiny percentage of its population, including drug dealers and thieves, but that didn’t stop the State Department to advise that travelers should avoid Mexico in its entirety.

However, tourist flock there by the millions. More than 35 million people visit places like Cancun and Mexico City each year, and they don’t seem to have too many problems. The country has a low crime rate, but the capital has many sketchy neighborhoods that you’d better avoid if you are a female, especially late at night.

 

 

Where not to live in Phoenix

 

In case you are considering moving to Phoenix, we wanted to help you by showcasing what five of the most pest-affected areas are, which should be avoided.

Moving is always a big challenge, accompanied by mixed feelings of excitement and heartbreak. However, after settling in, all these will pale in the wonders of residing in Arizona.

There are 295 bugs and other insects identified by the Arizona Insect Identification. To fight some off, there are a few methods you can apply, like a good insect repellent, fogger or even using a somewhat basic mosquito net.

 

Common pests in Phoenix

The trouble is that bugs are not the only pests in Phoenix. We’ll begin with the most common ones, out of which the Africanized Bee seems to be the most aggressive and vicious. The American Cockroach is also known to take refuge in homes and other buildings, especially in warm, humid areas.

Ants are also very easy to find in Arizona. From Fire, Black, Pharaoh, Carpenter to Harvester Ants, some of them will bite while others won’t.

In Phoenix, it is very likely to meet the Arizona Desert Scorpion, which is also the largest species of scorpions in the United States. They are nocturnal creatures, and although venomous, they do not pose a threat to human life.

Spiders come in various species, some harmless, others very harmful. Among them, the most dangerous ones are Black Widows and Arizona Brown Spiders.

Termites represent every homeowner’s nightmare. They are great survivors, feed on wood, and work in family groups. Ticks are also notorious parasites which are very dangerous as they carry the Lyme Disease pathogen.

Last, but not least, Yellow Jackets are very common in the Phoenix area. They are very aggressive and their stings are quite painful.

 

Areas in Phoenix to avoid

Arizona is very similar to the Amazon, where it never gets cold; therefore, life cycles never actually stop. Creatures like scorpions, termites or crickets are right at home in this region.
Based on specific pest issues, the valley of Arizona, Phoenix in particular, a few so-called bug hot zones clearly stand out.

For example, scorpions can be found everywhere in this area; however, there are larger concentrations in specific zones.

 

Top five pest hot zones in Phoenix

Now that you know what you are up against where pests are concerned, you should know which areas to avoid. According to specialists from pest control, there are five main bug hot zones in Phoenix.

The Scorpion hot zone includes 85383 in Peoria, 85207 in Mesa, 85338 in Goodyear, and 85268 in Fountain Hills. As mentioned earlier, scorpions are everywhere in Arizona, but the largest concentrations can be found here.

Bed Bugs hot zone includes 85281 and 85282 in Tempe, where there are many student housings.

Mosquitos represent an issue as well in this city. Most of them are concentrated on 85029 and 85027 in Phoenix.

The Roof Rats hot zone includes older neighborhoods with a big number of orange trees, such as 85018 in Phoenix and 85251 in Scottsdale.

Cockroach hot zones include 85017 and 85008 in Phoenix.

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Conclusions

Although the Phoenix insect diversity can get pretty strange, harmful and sometimes even life-threatening, this should not stand in the way of your moving plans. This city has a lot of positive things, too. Affordable housing, quality education, extended activities for children, and generally beautiful weather are just a few of the qualities Phoenix has to offer.

According to the U.S. Census from 2015 Arizona, Maricopa County, and Metro Phoenix ranked among the top 10 areas in the country for national population numbers added. The Phoenix Business Journal reported Arizona as the eight fastest-growing state in the United States.

 

Where not to go in El Salvador

 

If you plan on visiting South America, you’re going to need a lot more than just money and a passport. You’ll have to take your time to understand the culture and civilization of each country, while also paying attention to potential dangerous areas.

And, while Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina are definitely on every tourist’s list, there are plenty of hidden gems in South America that would make great vacation destinations. El Salvador is one of these countries that has a specific charm. It is the home of around 6,5 million people and is known for its beautiful landscapes.

Agriculture and tourism dominate the country’s economy that has mainly developed in the past 30-40 years. However, although it ranks amongst the first states with the highest industrialization rate, El Salvador continues to deal with high crime rates, inequality, and poverty.

And, as much as we would love discovering new places with just a tourist map and the right facial moisturizer to prevent sun rays from harming our skin, the country is filled with cities that should be avoided by foreigners. Here are some of them.

 

San Salvador

If you had to ask the locals what the safest places to stay and travel to in El Salvador are, none of them would pick the country’s capital, San Salvador. Despite being the largest city and the home of all local institutions, San Salvador is by no means a safe place to travel, especially if you are alone or a woman.

The capital is the headquarters of street gangs and has an alarming crime rate of about 14 deaths per 100,000 people. This city is beautiful and maintains something of the classic charm of a former colony.

However, if safety is amongst your concerns, you should probably stick to the cities along the Ruta de Los Flores or “The Route of Flowers,” inside the country, and not spend too much time in the capital of El Salvador.

La Libertad

Another important tourist attraction in El Salvador, this city has nearly 36,000 inhabitants. The main points of attraction remain the city’s national park, the fish restaurants, and the beautiful beaches. It is also known as one of the best spots for surfing in the country.

But, as mesmerized as you might be by the place’s beauty, staying safe in La Libertad should be your number one concern. Although the crime rate has decreased in the area in the past few years, as a traveler, you need to pay attention to pickpockets and gang members.

To stay safe in this city, you need to follow some basic ground rules for all tourists – don’t use the public transportation at night, choose taxis instead, don’t wear expensive jewelry or display your possessions in public. You should avoid hanging out in locations that seem abandoned and should never rent a luxurious car.  

San Miguel

Although the city is small, there are still numerous dangers lurking around every corner. Some of the neighborhoods are filled with gang graffitis and, while the locals are still very friendly, you wouldn’t want to spend your night wandering on the streets of San Miguel.

Most gang members are involved in non-violent crimes like mugging and stealing, so you should avoid displaying your brand new designer aviator sunglasses or DSLR camera. In fact, it would be best to avoid the city or just go for a walk during midday.