I am an American who will be traveling to CDO in February. I am meeting a group of local friends, and will be staying with a friend in a local residence.
It is the first time I have ever traveled outside of my country, and I am nervous. I see on government sites about travel advisories (though I know that there are many countries that have travel advisories). I have been reassured by my friends in CDO and a few American Filipinos that a white American will be safe, especially with friends. However, there are a number of American Filipinos that strongly caution me from going there.
I know I will stand out physically, but I also know that I can't be the only American in such a big city. So.. is there anyone out there that can reassure me? Will I be safe? Are there other foreign tourists wandering around?
i also know through friends about the devastating floods there, and I worry about increased crime.
Forgive me.. I'm naieve about traveling and every one I talk to gives me a different story. I trust my friends there and I know that I will never be alone, but I worry about Muslim terrorism and wanted to get some outside advice.
Thanks for any help you can give me. I know it's a beautiful place and I'm looking forward to connecting with my friends. Just nervous from all I've read