We are all getting ready to hit the road and travel to our summer vacation destinations. With that, there are a few places you may want to steer clear of this year.

Travel Advisory

The United States Department of State issues travel advisories to help keep Americans safe when traveling and/or when going on their vacations.

There are different levels to travel advisories.

Level one – exercise normal precautions

Level two -- exercise increased caution

Level three -- reconsider travel

Level four -- do not travel

Obviously, level four is the worst advisory they can issue, so let's take a closer look at that. First, why are travel advisories issued in the first place?

Why Travel Advisories?

There are a lot of things factor in the decision to give a certain place a travel advisory, crime, kidnapping, terrorism, conflict with our country, etc. There are actually a whopping 19 countries with a level four travel advisory. I've put together a list of nine to help you make your travel decisions.

Here are nine countries to avoid traveling with a level four advisory.  

North Dakotans Warned To Avoid Traveling To These 9 Places

These countries have level four travel advisories.

Gallery Credit: Andi Ahne

There You Have It

Those are just some of the many countries that the United States Department of State advises to avoid. If you would like to see the full list, just to be sure, click here.

Have you ever been to any of these places? What are your thoughts on them?

Wherever you go this summer, I hope you have a fun and safe time. Thanks for reading! TTFN!