Before you rush to buy the tickets know that not all the countries are completely safe for tourists. As much as you would like to visit all the world, some regions and countries are at war and some are struggling. This means that visiting them should be postponed until further notice. There are also some tourist destinations that dangerous and they’re not in poor countries or conflict areas. Just dangerous! Often times, big cities like New York can be pretty dangerous, so we did a little digging and found out what tourist destinations are dangerous from all over the world. Keep in mind that some people still visit these destinations and have great experiences! Because no place is off-limits and some of them are indeed insanely beautiful. So let’s see what you need to know and look out for when traveling in some of the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world.
#1: Volcano tours, Hawaii
The famous Hawaiian archipelago is on everyone’s bucket list for sure. Each island offers a great variety of palm trees, pristine beaches, tropical fruits, and amazing sunsets. It all sounds idyllic, but hiking on an active volcano, a very popular activity in Hawaii, is not that safe. Many people have died on these hikes or returning from the hikes due to the lava haze and other extreme conditions. Another threat in Hawaii is volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, earthquakes or tsunamis. It does look like heaven on earth, but if you’re not careful it can quickly become hell, especially since lots of activities on the island are pretty risky.
#2: Death Road, Bolivia
When you see pictures of Death Road from Bolivia you’ll understand why 300 people die each year visiting it. Few roads came close to being as extreme as this one or as famous. It’s a 69 km old road that is now exclusively used by cyclists because there are no way cars and bicycles can safely share it. Coming down the road will lead you through fog, rain, landslides and 600 meters free falls. Until 2006 the road was the only route between La Paz and Coroico. Nowadays, cars have another route and the Death Road is used for cyclists and tourists only. It used to be the most dangerous road in the world.
#3: Mount Everest, Nepal
Being the highest mountain in the world, Everest is the ultimate peak hikers and mountain lovers want to climb. Unfortunately, since it’s so high, over 8800 meters, the weather conditions are extremely harsh and unpredictable. Over 300 people have died climbing the mountain and although there are many warnings about how experienced one needs to be before the climb, hundreds of people still believe they are stronger than nature. With those numbers in mind and climate change too, tourism in the area is still rising, making it one of the most dangerous destinations in the world.
#4: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil has some of the most dangerous cities in the world and yet people are still eager to visit the country. Crime rates, violence, and muggings are very common in some areas of Rio de Janeiro, including some beaches. Rio de Janeiro is a huge city where police and drug lords get shot on the streets. It’s no wonder it has been named several times as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The only problem is that is also one of the most beautiful cities and cultures in the world and there seems to be no middle ground to mend the situation.
#5: Darvas gas crater, Turkmenistan
This unique destination is also called “The Door to Hell” and for a good reason. It’s actually a natural gas field collapsed into an underground cavern. Scientists intentionally set it on fire back in 1971 so that the methane bubble won’t spread uncontrollably and implode. Since then, the crater has been burning non-stop and people now visit the site to take one of a kind selfies and see with their eyes the burning flames. Although the crater is almost abandoned, people camp around it and fly above it, in spite of the obvious danger. Whatsmore, there are few other places like this in the region.
#6: Chernobyl, Ukraine
In the light of the latest successful tv series Chernobyl, Ukraine is now seeing a rise in tourism, especially in the area where the nuclear plant is located. Although it’s been more than 30 years since the incident, only organized tours for a limited period of time are allowed in the area since it opened for the public. Keep in mind that aside from small doses of radiation from Chernobyl tours, the eastern part of Ukraine is at war which makes the country unstable and dangerous for tourists. Make sure to have travel insurance to avoid unpleasant situations.
#7: Elephant Kingdom, Thailand
We all dream of staying a month or two in southeast Asia, more specifically in Thailand. The country offers amazing sites and tropical resorts, topped with amazing experiences such as elephant sanctuaries and crocodile farms. Yes, you’ve heard it: feeding crocodiles up close and personal. It’s one of the world’s scariest attractions that has been shut down several times due to safety concerns. They were using an improvised rack with plastic barrels supporting it to keep people in an open cage in the middle of the pond with hungry crocodiles around them. Chinese tourists were the biggest fans of this odd and dangerous attraction. Surprisingly! No casualties were reported. Still, would you do it?
#8: Tataouine, Tunisia
Another city with increased tourism from Hollywood is Tataouine, Tunisia, a city located in the desert made as a set for the Star Wars. The movie was shot in various locations of the city as well as other places and they even named Luke Skywalker’s planet after it, Tatooine. Nowadays some of the filming locations are abandoned and many tourists that wander around are at risk of being robbed or attacked. Even worse, some of the locations are used as home bases for Isis groups that want to cross the border into Libya. The bottom line, if you want to visit the filming sets make sure to get a safe tour with a guide.
#9: Cape Town, South Africa
Since we’re on the African continent, there is a famous destination for surfers and beach lovers that is actually among the most dangerous destinations in the world for various reasons. We’re talking about Cape Town, South Africa, an amazing city and holiday destination for some people. If you plan on visiting the city, know that you will need to be very careful in what neighborhood you stay, in what waters you swim in and what you drink. The city is well known for gang violence, assaults, fake police and HIV. They’ve dealt with a severe water crisis in 2018, so that might be an inconvenience too if you visit in the summer.
#10: America’s National Parks
Nature lovers will most probably want to adventure in America’s National Parks at least once in a lifetime. Yellowstone, Yosemite are some of the most beautiful parks but also some of the most dangerous. Millions of people visit them each year and some of them, unfortunately, die there. These raw natural environments are home to grizzly bears, unpredictable floods, extreme heat or free falls from high rocks. As beautiful as they are, some remote parts of the parks are very hostile and only experienced hikers are allowed. Grand Canyon is one place where people 6 people die each week. Take all safety measures when visiting. if you feel like knowing more about this amazing country and the richest people that live there? Head over to our video about the richest families in the world to see how many of them are from America. Just click on the right top corner to watch it.
#11: Tijuana, Mexico
For many Americans, a holiday or a wedding in Mexico is the ultimate getaway. If you don’t research enough the area you’re going to stay in, some ugly encounters can happen. Tijuana is the party city where millions of students go for spring breaks and holidays, but it’s not that safe. Along with other cities like Acapulco, Tijuana is extremely dangerous, not only for lonely travelers or women. There is drug violence, kidnapping, robbery, and many other crimes that can happen after sunset. There are police all over the place, giving the feeling that something bad can happen at any time. Try to go in areas such as Tulum or Cabo San Lucas.
Since tourism is increasing in Africa due to its raw landscapes, safaris and beautiful beaches, more people are at risk of being caught up in the civil wars and conflict areas of the region. You’d think that Kenya is among the countries that seem to be pretty safe and stable. Tourism in the country has been rising but at a cost. Since it’s surrounded by Somalia and Sudan, danger, bombings and terrorist attacks can happen all of a sudden, especially in tourist areas, hotels, and public transportation. It’s a pity, thinking that the country can offer amazing tours, untouched beaches and exotic holidays.
In the northern part of the African continent, most countries are in the middle of a conflict, even Egypt. Over 14 million people visit the country each year to admire the pyramids and the reliques of the old civilizations. Most parts of Egypt, especially Cairo are safe for tourists, but the eastern part near the border with Israel and Gaza strip things can get a little dangerous. The border in the west with Libya should be avoided too. In fact, some agencies don’t offer tours to Egypt anymore until things loosen up, so it’s up to you if you to decide whether to go or not.
#14: North Korea
Most destinations we presented here are dangerous due to civil war, crime rate, and natural disasters. North Korea is a dangerous destination for a very different reason: communism and censure. The biggest threat people face when visiting this country is prison, if some rules for tourists are broken in any way. Taking pictures, adventuring alone, talking with people or trying to showcase a different portrait of the country will get you in prison. If that happens, only the president, the embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can help you get out. And since they have almost zero connections with any country, chances are low.
#15: The Philippines
When you hear people talking about their southeast Asia trips they all talk about Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. But there are many other beautiful countries in the area such as Myanmar or the Philippines. Why are these 2 less popular? Because they are more dangerous. The Philippines has had some bad things happening in the last few years, including kidnappings, assault and terrorism attacks. A few islands and cities should be avoided as well as poor neighborhoods or remote areas. These are some of the reasons the Philippines are not popular in tourism circles.
#16: The Maldives
This tourist destination is not necessarily violent or dangerous, but if you don’t visit it as soon as possible the islands will sink. Yes, The Maldives are sinking due to climate change and the growth of sea levels. In less than 30 years we won’t have these beautiful islands with crystal blue waters, white sands, and amazing resorts anymore since they will be submerged under the water. Other than that, the only danger in the Maldives is in your budget, but we strongly recommend you to visit it. Even their president knows the islands will sink and has urged people to visit them while they can.