Top 10 Travel Tips

There is no hiding the negative connotations recently earned by Honduras all over the world. Criminality including petty theft, extortion, kidnappings, and in particular murder, have sky rocketed in this country in the last six years. This has driven several countries to issue travel warnings to Honduras for their citizens’ safety; a decision I do not take exception to, and one which I believe is actually a good course of action considering it is always best to be familiarized with what is going on in a place rather than sugar coating it and arrive pretending there’s nothing wrong. 

However, this does not mean Honduras is out of the question for your travel plans; just ask the thousands of tourists who have given plenty of good praise about their past experiences in Honduras in many digital mediums! 

There is an ample list of things you can do to avoid disappointment and a safe passage, thus, we have created a list of the top ten tips or recommendations you should take into account when traveling to Honduras.

And don't forget that bad things can happen in the “safest” of countries anywhere in the world!
Remember, you are in Honduras; you are not in Kansas anymore! Even if you have traveled half a year throughout Central America without any problems, it does not mean you should let your guard down.

Honduras is not Eastern Europe, or Africa, which may be considered by many to be just as dangerous and which you may have already visited and left unscathed. Do not compare, even if you are from those places, it does not mean you have the street smarts to get away with it all in Honduras.
There are places you can visit and then there are places you should totally avoid. Such are San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and Tegucigalpa, with the former being the most dangerous of them all. It’s too bad, I have to give this advice but there is not much to see in these three cities anyways. If you have no other option but to be in one, make sure it is only for transit. 
It is always better to travel in groups and during daylight hours. You have no idea how many blonde girls I have seen walking around by themselves with a map in their hands in Tegucigalpa. A definite no no.

Don’t be a dumb ass, never ever show your camera or electronic gear out in the streets, it attract thieves. You should also avoid flashing your laptop, fancy jewelery, smart phones, and/or designer sunglasses. 

In case you do get mugged, always, ALWAYS do what the thief wants you to do. Remain calm and remember, money and material things can always be replaced, your life cannot. Thieves are probably more nervous than you are and they will shoot if you refuse to give them your belongings, so try not to stare at their face and just hand things over. 

It is good to make local friends. Nothing is better than to travel in Honduras with friends. That’s the safest and best way to travel abroad. A "Catracho" knows what to do, when to do it, and where to do it. Local friends will more than likely offer to drive you around too (our cities are small), so you can skip using the local transportation systems to go to the airport, bus station, or to your hotel. 
It feels adventurous to travel on your own and to travel on a budget, but please do your research, sometimes it is best to pay more for hotels and transportation located in safer neighborhoods. 

Most criminal activities do not target foreigners and instead are mostly directed towards gangs or drug traffickers. It is always a good idea to try and blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb, in other words, don't be the tie died, flip flop wearing, gringo.

Copan and any of the three Bay Islands are some of the places where you can probably get away with cheating on any of the above recommendations, but still, use your common sense and always take precautions wherever you go. 


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