Photos: To Go or Not To Go

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Statistics show that Mexico City and the resorts of the Riviera Maya saw even less crime in 2010, per capita, than Orlando and Washington, D.C.
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Mexico's tourist board is flying U.S. travel agents to Cancún to see for themselves that the sandy white beaches in tourist areas remain perfectly calm.
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Verdict: Go—but only to destinations approved by the U.S. Department of State.
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With the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, the tourism industry was hit hard, too.
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Many clients of tour operators, however, have now reorganized their trips to Japan.
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Over the past three to four months, the level of inquiries and bookings into trips across the Japanese countryside has been picking up significantly.
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Verdict: Go—just nowhere within 50 miles of the Fukushima Daiichi plant in the north (the popular cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are all fine).
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Chile's tourist industry quickly recovered from the earthquake in February 2011.
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Thanks to the Santiago's sophisticated infrastructure and strict building codes, earthquake damage was somewhat mitigated.
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Lago Todos los Santos, Chile.
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Verdict: Go!
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The Greek economy may be in big trouble, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the record number of tourists swarming the ancient monuments and beaches in 2011.
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The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises reports that numbers are up 12 percent from last year.
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As Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos told The New York Times, "Without a doubt, tourism has already helped soften the blow of the economic crisis."
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Verdict: Go, but stick to the islands and tread lightly in Athens.
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In November, floodwaters swept through Thailand, claiming hundreds of lives and inundating vast stretches of farmland.
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It's possible to see the major sights—Bangkok's city center remains unaffected.
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By mid-December 2011, the U.S. State Department canceled both of its travel alerts for Thailand.
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Verdict: Go. Visit Phuket or the beaches, but still use caution when navigating Bangkok.
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The coast is not clear for surfers and divers along Australia's western coast. Since August 2010, four people have been killed by great white sharks.
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But now, $2.05 million Australian dollars will go toward establishing a "Shark Response Unit."
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Another nearly $2 million will be devoted to more helicopters and beach patrols.
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Verdict: Go! (Pictured, Cottesloe Beach, Perth).
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Though the tourist industry suffered in the first half of 2011, Tunisia's interim government urged hoteliers to maintain their usual price structure.
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According to Peter Kirk of tour operator Tunisia First, Tunisia has always been a good value destination.
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According to Kirk, a full-day excursion to Tunis, Carthage, and Sidi Bou Said including lunch is around $55.
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Verdict: Go, but be careful.
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New Zealand Tourists continue using Christchurch as a gateway to the rest of South Island.
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Christchurch, NZ, suffered serious damage in 2011 with two earthquakes, one in February and another in December.
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If you travel to Christchurch and Canterbury, be aware that accommodations will probably not be in the center, as none of the major hotels are operational.
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Verdict: Go, but only to pass through Christchurch on your way to other parts of New Zealand.
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2011 has been tumultuous in Egypt. Though Mubarak, the nation's longtime president, stepped down during a storm of popular protests in January and February, a revolution is still in full swing.
Though the Lower Nile will reopen to river cruises for the first time in 16 years, our verdict is: wait.
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A devastating 7-magnitude earthquake in January 2010 dealt Haiti a major blow.
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Verdict: Don't go. The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning in August to strongly discourage U.S. citizens from entering Haiti on their own.
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Libyans are focused on getting back on their feet. Tour operators and all other sectors of the infrastructure are trying to help Libya in times of need.
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Verdict: Don't go. The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning against nonessential trips to this deeply afflicted region.
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