Many people are nervous about traveling. Civil unrest in other countries, terrorist incidents, health concerns like zika, hurricanes, even long lines at airports might make you just want to stay home. No need to despair, most places that you would want to visit are safe to visit. All you need to do is make sure you are well informed and prepared before you travel.
The US State Department provides Travel Alerts and Warning for every country. Travel Alerts are short-term and inform you about health concerns like zika, and upcoming events like the Olympics that may affect your travel and safety. Travel Alerts also provide information about elevated risks of terrorist attacks. If you are traveling to one of these areas, be sure to exercise caution, and keep contact information for the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
Travel Warnings ask the traveler to consider not traveling to a certain region at all because of situations such as frequent terrorist attacks, unstable governments, or continuing violence and intense crime. These warnings are often in effect for years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can provide you with the information you need to keep yourself healthy when traveling to areas with high health risks.
The Department of Homeland Security provides information about terrorist threats within the US by issuing Alerts and Bulletins. Bulletins offer broad information about trends and potential threats.
You can sign up for eTravelAlerts from tripinsurance.com and get daily information that may affect your travel to a specific area.