Among the things most people wish they could do more is travelling. A break from one's usual habitat and routine is sometimes all it takes to snap out of a funk. Sadly, travel is, in many cases, obscenely expensive, with plane ticket prices forever rising, and hotel and food expenses inflating in similar fashion. Moving back to our original statement, while getting out of one's usual routine and habitat may be an amazing rush, it can never be done without some consideration and can be dangerous, and in extreme cases; deadly.
We all hear the stories, people go away on vacation and end up getting robbed, beaten up or in extreme cases, killed. In some cases it is sheer bad luck that causes their demise but other times, a lapse in judgement leads to tragedy. While some locales are forgiving, there are plenty that simply don't leave any room for error. Those are the ones we are speaking of here; the most dangerous destinations in the world. Whether it is violence and crime relating to poverty, xenophobia (hatred of foreigners), or even drug related conflict, there are some beautiful, interesting parts of the world that can be hazardous for travelers.
This is our list of the ten most dangerous tourist destinations in the world. There has been some attention paid to make sure this list includes only those areas that actually attract tourists, rather than just dangerous areas. While Baghdad, Mogadishu and Kabul are probably some of the most dangerous places on Earth, you don't see Hawaiian shirt wearing, camera-toting, rest-and-relaxation-seekers lined up to visit these places. These are the dream vacation destinations most likely to leave you hurt, broke or dead.
9 Bangkok, Thailand
8 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
6 Bogota, Colombia
5 Mumbai, India
4 Haiti and the Dominican Republic
"Stay on the resort and you should be fine". This is actually a great way to ensure a safe trip to an exotic locale, but everybody knows the best travel experiences can come from exploring a new area. Unfortunately, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are fairly dangerous places when you step foot off the resort. Credit card fraud is rampant, bank machines are notoriously tampered with and kidnapping, thievery and even assault and murder are not unheard of. While overall homicide numbers have decreased in the past few years, muggings and assaults have stayed steady. Going back to the first sentence about staying in resorts, robbery and even sexual crimes are threats to tourists in The Dominican Republic and Haiti, even on resort grounds.
3 Kingston, Jamaica
2 Cape Town, South Africa
1 Acapulco, Mexico
It is hard to say whether Acapulco (along with a few cities in Mexico) can still be considered a tourist attraction given the high rates of everything bad that exist in the country today. While it was once one of the most prosperous parts of Mexico, Acapulco has earned itself a nasty reputation as a place in which locals and visitors alike are under constant threat. While it is still one of the country's major tourist towns, Acapulco is listed by Business Insider to be the third most violent city in the world, with a homicide rate of just over 104 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
Obviously the drug interests in and around the city are more interested in getting their product to tourists, the crime epidemic in the city often affects them, as can be said of many Mexican cities. But again, if it were a complete death trap, nobody would be going anymore, and people still show up, see the city, and leave with positive memories. Common sense and an alert demeanor will see you through, no matter where you go.
Sources: travel.gc.ca, tripadvisor.ca, worldnomads.com, businessinsider.com
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