On Security

The Benefits of Traveling 'Gray'

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Sep 4, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
A tourist is a little too obvious as he walks away from Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

A tourist arriving from Paris walks away from Rafiq Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

(JOSEPH BARRAK/AFP/Getty Images)

Before I took a recent vacation trip to Beirut, a friend asked whether I was concerned about being targeted by jihadists or Hezbollah during my trip to the "pearl of the Middle East." I had done my due diligence research, so I wasn't worried. Besides, I explained, I was going to "be very gray" during the trip. I first became aware of this concept, which involves travelers blending in with the local environment, during my work at the U.S. State Department. Other travelers should consider it when visiting potentially hostile regions....

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