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Is it Safe to Travel in Serbia

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Serbia is a country in the the Balkans, in Eastern Europe. Serbia is generally a safe country to travel in. People are generally polite and friendly and willing to help tourists. That being said, here are some simple precautions and tips for keeping safe during your trip to Serbia.

There is not too much violent crime in Belgrade, but pickpocketing and purse snatching does occur, like in any big city. Keep any valuables close and don’t show off how much money you’re carrying. While there is somewhat of a problem with organized crime, it is very unlikely a traveler will be affected by it.

It is best to avoid large political demonstrations, as some of these have turned violent, as recently as August 2011. While Serbians are generally polite towards American, anti-American feelings may come out at these demonstrations.

If you are traveling in very rural areas, you should be cautious about leaving well trodden areas, as there may still be unexploded land mines from the Yugoslavian wars in the 1990s.

Be respectful toward Serbians and their political opinions. It is best to approach talking about the Yugoslav wars or Kosovo, as an outsider wanting to learn more. Generally Serbians can be sensitive about these issues.

The streets of Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia

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After traveling on her own for three or four years, Chaya met up with Wade Shepard, the editor of VagabondJourney.com. They were married in 2009, and continue to travel the world together with their young daughter. From time to time Chaya blogs about family travel and life on the road. has written 102 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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