Similar posts How to See Peru’s Inca Heartland in a Long Weekend by Jonathan Rougeot Balance Your Family Vacation Budget: 19 Free Things to Do in D.C. by Andrew Young 7 Essential Adventures on New Zealand's South Island by Erin Roth Show 81 Comments Julia Ann Ellis More info on Washington, DC tknkk7067 It has all the great monuments and historical places, and you’ll get shot or robbed if you stay in the wrong area. Adele Cox I rest my case… Carl Stroud Hotels are pretty much non-existent in the bad parts of town. Mary True I’m so happy i don’t have to live in your scared skin. That must be one awful experience. Ellen I grew up just outside of Washington DC and moved away a 35 years ago. Recently returned with a friend, first time for her, and had a great time seeing the sights. Taking a tour of the major sights in the downtown area is a good start. We also have an inside tour at Capitol Hill, and the national archives which was fascinating. If you enjoy museums the Smithsonian museums are the best anywhere. We also went out to Mount Vernon one day which was well worth it. There is so much to do there it’s hard to describe. One hint for saving some money is to choose a hotel in the suburbs right near a metro station and take the subway into town. The subway is being refurbished so just be sure that it’s a line and take the subway into town. The subway is being refurbished so just be sure that it’s alignment that will be open while you’re there. Julia Ann Ellis Thank you. I’ll do my research. aVet Stay in the Capital Hill area/Union Station and you’ll be fine…..you can walk everywhere in DC that’s worth walking to and be relatively safe…..great restaurants and of course the Monuments…..DC has become one of my favorite cities to visit…. Julia Ann Ellis Thank you! Kathleen Berg We stayed in Gaithersburg, MD when we visited D.C. with our kids. Took the red line into D.C. and transferred easily to other routes within the Metrorail (their subway). I would recommend getting a book from Stationmasters that has neighborhood maps of all the stops served by Metrorail. It makes finding the closest stop and correct line much easier. Also, go online to Metrorail’s website to prepurchase your ride and parking cards. We were able to ride even during rush hour with ours which helps you get to the museums before the school and tour busses arrive. James Horn Really utterly stupid to not have Mexico at the top of the list. The dollar now buys 20 Mexican pesos. Last year it was 15. The Yucatan peninsula is safer than Canada. Even in places where the drug wars flare, tourists are not the targets nor the victims. Airfares to Mexican beaches are incredibly cheaper than several years ago. Just4Me Nope, not the targets, they usually just get caught in the crossfire. And where in Canada are you visiting? Mexico is warmer, I’ll give you that. But safer? You’re out of your mind. James Horn more tourists are killed each year in New Orleans than in all of Mexico. Your reading list needs broadening. i have lived in mexico for 30 years and have not read of a single American shot in a crossfire in all of 2016 and I read 4 papers here. I hope you enjoy your bingo and bowling. John Burris At most 5 tourists a year are killed in New Orleans, and they are usually from some other part of state. oz’s wizard you must mean a week Just4Me Uh, dude…New Orleans isn’t in Canada. Also, a cursory Google search tells me that in 2014, 843 Americans were murdered in Mexico. Your newspapers are clearly not keeping up. David Drexler New Orleans people are the nicest on earth. grammaob cite your source – Liz https://www.yahoo.com/style/more-tourists-missing-in-mexico-1312883306373174.html That’s not what this story says though. Liz Its funny that just because people don’t like going to dumpy drug cartel controlled country they are automatically uncultured and uneducated. Well James I love to travel but I also value my life and those of my loved ones so I am not going to KNOWINGLY put ourselves in danger, UNKNOWINGLY is another story. If Mexico is so great why do millions of them come here illegally and not the other way around? I visited Turkey in 2010 and it was the most amazingly experience I’d had, friendly people and colorful culture. Given the current situations with frequent terrorism there would I go back RIGHT NOW? Probably not. John Burris I spent a summer in Montreal a few years and never even saw anybody arguing. Mind blown. grammaob It’s too cold to get “hot under the collar”. 🙂 John Burris I sunburn easily, so I couldn’t care less about the beaches. Mexico is one of the few countries I have no interest in visiting. David Drexler Es muy peligroso en Mexico. Liz Been to Cabo, Cancun and Mexico City and not impressed by any of those places. Don’t think I care to ever go back, would rather save the money to travel to exciting places like Peru and New Zealand. They should add Iceland to the list, incredible prices on airfare to fly there from both coasts. Amazing beautiful country but yes its expensive once you get there. tknkk7067 I’ll pass on any place with the term “Drug Wars” in it. South Florida is the place. Always 80, beaches are great, and no broke foreigners snatching things from your bag, robbing you, or constantly interrupting you if you dare wander from your resort. Try Marco Island or Naples or Hollywood Florida. Fernando Silvera Man, seen like you have a difficult time out of U.S. Hope you recover soon!! David Drexler We agree! oz’s wizard you are on the list as well then…….enjoy Yuri You are wrong. I did Gulf Coast last summer and it was fantastic: clean, real Florida, and many wonderful eateries and quaint beach locales between Alabama and Naples. Try Navarro Beach! Sushi from the Gulf fish caught the same night! Adele Cox I”m sorry you’ll miss so much of this beautiful world because of your paranoia and racism. Everyone else… have fun! Jim Vogel I have lived in South Florida for 28 years and can tell you it has a lot to offer. That said, it isn’t New Zealand which in my opinion is heaven on earth. skyflyer121 I’d like to leave this winter behind for a couple weeks, where in FD would you recommend? Jim Vogel The keys are great as is the west coast around around Naples or Marco Island. Wanderlust That sounds wonderful! Peru is definitely on my list of places to visit. Perhaps it might happen this year. So far on my list for this year are Ecuador and Quebec. Jim Vogel I would highly recommend Quito and Otavalo. Didn’t expect Quito ( old town) to be so beautiful and vibrant. Great jump off spot for Galapagos which is another world. Wanderlust Oh nice! Thanks for the recommendations. roncathy1 Quebec is the next best thing if you can’t go to Europe. Go when its a little warmer though. Chris Patterson I just booked my trek for Machu Picchu for the end of May, plan on doing Colombia and Ecuador before heading to Peru! Wanderlust I’ve lived in West Palm for almost 20 years and I think South Florida is an American paradise. However, I’ve been to all the places on this list except Peru and I couldn’t agree more… NZ is truly heaven on earth. I can’t wait to go back there! Jim Vogel We went to Lima, Cuszco and Machu Picchu earlier this past year. Also a great place to visit. My Boss was born in Mombasa Racism? which “race” exactly?…… oz’s wizard The human race. Look it up sometime My Boss was born in Mombasa well at least you didn’t go with “liar liar pants on fire ” 🙂 oz’s wizard If a person truly believes something obviously a lie, does it make them a liar for saying what they think? My Boss was born in Mombasa aha ….a sheltered life behind “the curtain”….ever thought about coming out and joining the rest of the world? 🙂 oz’s wizard To be with people pretending to be Rudolf with red noses? No, the curtain looks more appealing. My Boss was born in Mombasa I see . oz’s wizard Have to go now. As always it was fun banter and nothing but fun meant. It is a large world and can hold many different viewpoints. And of those many viewpoints not a one is any more right than another. But hey, find another boss will ya and I hope to run into you on your next vacation. Enjoy life my friend!! My Boss was born in Mombasa ciao WOLD A lib, everyone is racist, talk about paranoid. grammaob Florida’s a lot cheaper for me, too, especially the transportation. Carl Stroud Wait…in foreign countries you’re the foreigner. Are you complaining about getting ripped off by other tourists? Julia Ann Ellis Love Mexico and the people. Have never felt threatened. Jay Crossbow Try going to Ciudad Juarez love. Even back in the late ’80’s armed Mexican soldiers patrolled the beaches of Acapulco at nite. Yes you can go as we did and have fun, but you better be aware of your surroundings. Also you better purchase Kidnapping Insurance. Facts of life dear oz’s wizard stay home jay, it’s a scary world outside your door. And don’t take that foil hat off either.. Jody Zagger Jay, you’ve made several comments on this thread and have only referred to the obvious female as ‘love’ and ‘dear’. SO condescending and misogynist. I don’t know that you realize you’re being offensive? Unfortunately it says a lot about your perspective. You’re losing your message in the delivery ‘sweetheart’. To the point at hand: You can’t really compare Mexico now to Mexico in the late 80’s, particularly the vacation areas. Of course you have to be travel savvy wherever you go, but I’ve been to Mexico between work and leisure about 14 times this decade. And I’m not a person who stays on lock down in the all inclusive resort with other American tourists eating cheeseburgers all week. Mexico is fantastic, friendly and affordable. I live in Chicago, so I’m no stranger to crime and having to watch my back either. I’ve never felt threatened in any of the foreign places I have been to and that’s even after being pick pocketed in Spain. I’m certainly not oblivious to the crime that happens around the world, but if we allowed ourselves to live in fear, we’d never leave our houses. Also, ‘American’ food is not really at all like European food. A giant trough of fettuccini alfredo from Olive Garden does not compare to a dinner in Italy, “Mexican food” is nothing like Taco Bell, French Fries aren’t French, etc. Unless you live in a large metropolitan area of the US you will likely never experience the food and culture that other countries have to offer. Everyone should travel and experience cultures and cuisines that are different from their own. #oneworld Florida Tipo Actually, Jay has a point in regards to Acapulco. I went in 1989, and it was an awesome place. Friends of mine went last fall (2016), and talked about how far from grace the City has fallen; dirty, crime-ridden, traficante-controlled, and definitely unsafe to walk around in. Even the restaurant where the cliff-divers performed, is in poor condition (again, as per people who were there in late 2016). Everything is subjective, depending on who you are and where you choose to visit. Frankly, there are many places in the US which I would never visit, no matter how beautiful, due to intolerant locals. old34 Actually, Ciudad Juarez has cleaned up its act, and is now safer than many cities in the US. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico/12155890/How-Mexicos-most-dangerous-city-transformed-itself-to-become-safe-enough-for-the-Pope.html John Madison I bet you would be safe at Mar- a-Lago. I’m sure there are some places that cater to real man/women Trump supporters below the Mar clientele. I have been to South Florida a lot. Always felt safe and wonderful people. Ditto Mexico, even away from gated resorts. Sorry about those tourists in foreign lands. Best avoid. Probably traveling on food stamp granola bars. oz’s wizard And those wonderful places would be better off without your sorry azz there as well. My Boss was born in Mombasa personally I like to vacation in south Chicago. or anywhere there’s a good drug war going on oz’s wizard It is much more fun and exhilarating that to be baking like a turd on a Florida beach lost2gether Perhaps you are targeted because your demeanor screams “racist asshole”. Contrary to your judgemental, uninformed point of view, crime stats in Florida are as bad as the worst parts of the world. I’ve travelled to many places that you are too afraid to go, and feel safer there than in most cities in the USA. And when I say travel, I don’t mean hiding in a resort eating North American food while pretending to visit the place. Jay Crossbow Surely you must be joking, places like Rio have an unbelievable crime rate compared to the US. And what’s wrong with American food which is mostly European based, idiot. My Boss was born in Mombasa thank you ! oz’s wizard What US based food is is mainly overpriced fast food artery clogging junk. You need look no further than your local crime reporter to discover crime is everywhere, and yes jay it is in the US too. So get out, travel and see the world. It is much better than hillbilly’s chasing their sisters and afraid to leave their yards……….. Freckles Wait a minute, wait a minute . . . I am a hillbilly and proud of it, born and raised in West, by God, Virginia. Believe it or not, we are civilized. We neither chase our brothers, sisters, cousins or uncles (hard to believe, I know!). We are a proud bunch, educated and intelligent, and we have electricity, indoor plumbing and running water – who would have thunk it? Furthernore, you wouldn’t believe the places we’ve traveled – you know, leaving that yard thing and all. Who’s the racist now? Give peace a chance. By the way, love the Gulf coast of Florida, Washington, DC, Alaska, Maine, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, Louisiana, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, etc. oz’s wizard On the traveling the world at least we agree. As to running water and electric in West by God Virginia I have my doubts. Freckles Wow. The Traveling Wizard Don’t believe what you hear (or think you hear) in the media. Peru is not full of thieves and the world is not full of people who hate Americans and want to rob and kill you. I’ve been to all these places on this list except NZ this year and they are great recommendations. Get some stamps in your passport! EmperorWatcher Hmmmm. Classic paranoid (dare I say it.. trump supporter)… drug wars are more common in the US.. opiod addiction, prison population.. statistically caused by lower infrastructure support (that’s schools, health care, etc.) promoted by… conservatives! WooHoo! Your condition is called DENIAL.. Just like you’ll deny this little note and will attempt to put guilt somewhere (ANYWHERE) else. Katya Kats I agree with you completely. The best place is still USA. For traveling, working, or living. Toni Belleranti My adult daughter and I are heading to the Andalusia region of Spain this winter. We’ll stay on the beach (Mediterranean) and make our way to Granada, the white villages and Malaga from there. January temperatures reach into the low 60’s where our hotel is, and there are no sun worshipping crowds in winter. I get plenty of sun where I live and am not one to sit on the beach anyway. Good prices on airfare and lodging. I’ll pass on Paris. I was there for a week right before Christmas in December, 2014, just a couple of weeks before the first terrrorist attack in Paris. People were on edge because of terrorist warnings, the anti-terrorist police were everywhere, and one could feel the tension in the air at the Paris Christmas markets. oz’s wizard VIVA PERU !! My Boss was born in Mombasa After reading to posts below ,I’ve discovered there are no unsafe places to travel in the world today, wow ,who knew ? I just read two days ago about a Brit visiting his parents in Antigua and got shot in the head during a robbery …..must have been some of that “fake news” you read about . The France travel advisory recently issued a warning to French citizens traveling to the US …avoid East L.A. Detroit, Baltimore, south Chicago etc. those “racist” French ……. http://www.americanodrem.com Rolando Gomez I’ve been to every place listed except New Zealand, but it’s on my list. Travel is what you make of it. So far 44 countries and counting, and all over the U.S. with my favorites being St. Maarten, Maui, Cocoa Beach, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Moab, Galapagos, and Venice. Here’s to travel in 2017! Bucket List Let’s be real. There are safe places (and unsafe places!) almost everywhere you want to travel. We go to Mexico 3x/yr, and never have a problem because we avoid risky areas and use common sense regarding the time of day we travel. All it takes is a little bit of research before you travel, and asking questions when you arrive. That same policy can keep you out of trouble whether you are going through Dublin, Ireland or Los Angeles, California. skyflyer121 I wonder where the best beaches and most economical hotels are in FD. tcam Oz Wizard – you’re a nut case Obtruder Observing the comments on this thread reminds me of the Daily KOS. Politically motivated personal attacks all over the place. Travelzoo is now a place where liberal intolerance has also raised its ugly head.