Guatemala City, Guatemala
Currently, this Central American country just south of Mexico gets a Level 3 travel advisory from the U.S. State Department. Political tensions, high poverty, drug trafficking, the risk of carjacking, and armed robbery are just a few of the reasons to steer clear. Violent crime—including sexual assault and murder—are also common, thanks in part to the numerous gangs in cities and along the borders. If you do decide to go, make sure to invest in a hotel that not only has a doorman but a dedicated professional security staff. When you explore, always go with a security member from the Guatemalan Tourism Institute. It’s also best to avoid walking or driving at night, using public ATMs, and displaying any signs of wealth, such as wearing watches or jewelry.