One of the top complaints made by tourists posting on a travel site about this archipelago off the western coast of Africa is its growing crime. Particular up ticks have occurred in the capital city Praia and Mindelo.
Several government travel advisories have placed Niger under a "Do Not Travel" warning.
Several government travel advisories have placed Mali under a "Do Not Travel" warning.
Some of the local laws and customs in Nigeria focus on its heavy Muslim population. It boasts the largest number of practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa, and much scrutiny will be given to revealing clothes and overt sexual behaviour.
Getting around in Nigeria can be really difficult, because of bad infrastructure and criminal elements. Travelers should know first and foremost that Nigeria has a lot of traffic. Like, a lot, a lot.
Political and economic instability in Nigeria opens the doors for a cornucopia of crime. On one end, you have the less sinister, more basic thievery and pick pocketing. On the other, you have armed robberies, muggings, abductions and car-jackings.
Nigeria is currently a very dangerous place in which to travel. Governments in several countries have issued warnings against traveling to this West African nation, citing terrorism risks, kidnapping and other violent crime.
There are travel warnings in place for Mali. In mid 2011 the Australian, British, New Zealand and US governments issued warnings advising against all travel to northern Mali.
Mauritania, located in North West Africa struggles with poverty, terrorism, escalating crime rates and heavily mined border areas.
One of the world's poorest countries, Guinea Bissau can be a challenging travel destination. Once seen as a shining beacon of development potential, it is now largely propped up by international aid.
Compared to some other West African countries, the political climate in Senegal is pleasantly stable. Few insurgent attacks or incidents of banditry occur here.