Ethiopia has an unfortunate reputation when it comes to safe travel, but despite being situated between countries of unrest, Ethiopia is relatively peaceful. The foreign travel section on the UK’s government website has lots of information about travelling safely in Ethiopia. The guide more of less recommends staying away from the Ethiopian borders by about 10 km, and avoid the Eastern areas of Ethiopia which belong to the Somali region. As with any country, they also suggest that if any protests do arise when you’re travelling try to avoid joining them and stay away from large crowds. The Ethiopia-Eritrea border is closed due to tensions, and it’s generally recommended to fly in to Ethiopia rather than travelling in overland. This may all seem like a bit of a downer, but as www.gov.uk state, 20,000 Brits visit Ethiopia each year and most of them manage to travel problem free.