Texas has always enjoyed being a popular tourist destination. The sprawling state boasts a veritable cornucopia of attractions that cater to nearly every interest. From the plethora of dining options featuring cuisines from all over the world to the historic Alamo site, to the Houston Space Center, the beaches, the weather and so much more, Texas seems to have it all! In fact, overall, Texas is considered a safe place to visit in 2023.
But is this all too good to be true? With a population that easily surpasses 29 million, isn’t it possible that some dangers may lurk for unsuspecting vacationers visiting Texas? How safe is Texas for tourists?
Is Texas safe now?
The overall risk of travel to Texas is considered to be average. The Texas state motto is “friendly,” and the vast majority of its residents can be relied upon to demonstrate the Southern hospitality that Texas has always been known for.
However, just like any growing state, Texas has its issues. In particular, Houston and Dallas have seen a big uptick in population growth. And, just as in any large city, tourists should exercise situational awareness.
Transportation and taxi risk
By and large, taking taxis and other forms of public transportation in Texas is safe. The risk is considered low, which is great for solo and women travelers. If you’re taking a ride-share service, take the same precautions you would anywhere else, including confirming the license plate, car make and model and name before entering the vehicle.
Texas rates as a low-risk state for pickpockets. Naturally, this doesn’t mean you should flash currency or expensive accessories in public. Areas like El Paso, Houston and Dallas will mean a higher incidence of pickpocketing. But in general, you shouldn’t be any more worried about it in Texas than anywhere else.
In Texas, the statistic for muggings is approximately 91.4 for every 100,000 people. Since that’s considered in the top ten for all U.S. states, it pays to be wary about certain behaviors, or going to places where muggings may occur. For instance, travel with a friend or group, avoid shortcuts through deserted streets or back “alleys.” Avoid being on the street at odd hours when there are no other people, and maintain sufficient mental alertness to make your own way home.
Texas has a very low risk for natural disasters, but in tornado and hurricane season, that risk does increase. For the record tornado season lasts from April to about June, whereas hurricane season doesn’t start until June and goes to November. Of course, if there is problematic weather, it will be on the news so you can take appropriate measures.
Unlike some other vacation destinations, the risk of getting scammed in Texas is fairly low. There are not an inordinate number of people targeting tourists in The Lone Star State. Still, use your common sense. Avoid buying event tickets from people off the street, and be suspicious of any “deals” that seem too good to be true.
Texas is a flush state, with a modern and safe infrastructure. While vacationing in Texas, you don’t need to be concerned about shoddy construction, failing bridges or contaminated water supplies. However, the summer temperatures in Texas can soar in the high 90s and low 100s, deepening on where you are. If you or your loved ones are elderly or have underlying heart or respiratory challenges, it’s best to avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day.
The worst parts of Texas
Pretty much everywhere in Texas is safe for tourists overall. If you do want to avoid the worst areas, they would be Houston, Lubbock, and Amarillo. Aside from Houston, these cities aren’t typical tourist destinations, anyway.
As long as you exercise common sense and practice standard safety practices, consider adding Texas to your vacation travel plans in 2023!