Bias, privilege and pessimism: Does anyone have the right to label a country as dangerous?

Before we travel, several factors are considered to help us determine whether a destination is the right choice. Our budget, the attractions we can visit and the food options available to us pervade our decisions.

Understandably, safety is significant too. It makes sense: we want to ensure that while we enjoy our time abroad, we are able to stay out of harm’s way in the process.

You may decide to avoid a specific location that has a crime rate substantially higher than others.

However, from over twenty years of travelling and nearly five years of working in the travel industry, I have noticed that safety is often based on other factors than

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