There are places in the world that are truly breathtaking. From picturesque beaches, lush green rainforests, and ancient ruins, there are some things every travel absolutely must see. And while air travel becomes more affordable, making it easier to see all the world has to offer – there are some places that one must proceed with caution before visiting. The following places, while they are some of the most beautiful on earth, carry a lot of risks one must consider before booking their ticket.
Given the recent bombing of a Russian commercial flight by Jihadists, the political tension in Egypt couldn’t be higher. This event has all but decimated Egypt’s tourism industry, making it not the greatest of times to travel there. The upside: you won’t have to suffer long lines and crowds of tourists around the famous Sphinx and Pyramids.
So few places are so un-touched by civilization than Alaska. Its beauty is naturally preserved. But with that comes the following: bears, wolves, and other massive arctic animals that won’t even think twice about turning a hiker into a quick meal.
While most worry about food poisoning in India due to unsanitary conditions, there are in fact greater concerns. The 2008 Mumbai bombings that killed over 165 people have really heightened political tensions. Add to that how common rape is there, India’s no place for the solo female traveler.
Costa Rica is a goal on many a traveler’s bucket list. But so is leaving there and never going back. The crime rate is just too high, and the wildlife – with all the snakes and crocodiles – far too dangerous.
Myanmar has been plagued with tension between Buddhists and Muslims for far too many years now. The worst of which started with the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man back in 2012. Needless to say, a peaceful trip is not in the cards in Myanmar.
Mali, despite is vast amount of history and all the beauty that it has to offer, is still quite unsafe to travel to. The city still hasn’t gotten over the attack on a tourist hotel back in November of 2015. And given the current political unrest, further attacks are predicted to come.
Many go to Honduras to see the rich wildlife and ancient Mayan ruins. But unfortunately, many tourists will also see plenty of drug activity and gang-related violence. In fact, Tegucigalpa (the capital) has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
When it comes to going on a safari, no other place offers one better than Kenya. However, many of the animals there pose a real danger to tourists, with quite a few being attacked over the years. Then there’s the constant conflicts at the border regions that give Kenya a rather strong travel advisory warning.
A favorite for spring-breakers, Mexico’s reputation has taken quite the hit in recent years. There’s been a decade long drug war going on, which has caused the deaths of over 100,000 people. While most of this dangerous activity happens outside of the tourist resorts, travelers are still heavily cautioned.
The rich culture and beautiful scenery in Rio De Janeiro makes it one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Unfortunately, the increasing drug activity, gang violence, and poverty makes you (the tourist) a walking cash machine to many of the locals. Travel with extreme caution here.