Is International Travel Safer Now?

The Department of State has lifted Travel Warnings for Indonesia. The US Ambassador to Kenya has invited Americans to tour Kenya. China seems on the verge of reopening Tibet to foreign tourists. Are these signs that the world is really getting safer, or just administrative adjustments reflecting evolving policies independent of actual security issues in the destinations? Our view is that the original warnings, admonitions and prohibitions have been overstatements and exaggerations of the actual problems tourists to these destinations have faced all along. Yes, it is a good time to visit Indonesia, Kenya and Tibet. It is all the better because so many tourists have been frightened off by official statements in the past. Those travelers who visit soon will find fewer crowds, more space and eager hospitable local hosts who are happy to see foreign visitors return.