Stories about nuclear threats and political deadlocks between America and North Korea, Iran and Cuba often fill the headlines. But what is it like to be a tourist or backpacker traveling through these countries? Tony Wheeler, co- founder of the Lonely Planet guidebooks, offers his tips for traveling safely and smartly through conflicted areas and tells his own stories of misadventures in what he calls the "Dark Lands."
Lonely Planet's Tony Wheeler: Advice for Travel to Conflicted Regions
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Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet travel guidebooks and author of "Tony Wheeler's Dark Lands"