5 Riskiest Travel Places

It’s no secret that the world isn’t a safe place. Not every place is as safe as a strongbox, and you can’t feel secure in certain places as when you’re staying at a fancy resort. Even if there is danger, some people still love to explore and are rewarded, while some are easily frightened. So, what kinds of countries do you definitely need to avoid if you want to be sure to come home with your belongings (and yourself) intact? iJet, an expert in this type of security, can give us a few ideas.

1. Iraq – A well-known unstable region that is definitely on this list. No region here is truly secure, even the green zone, and the insurgency is still at large. Despite security attempts by the US Forces, bombs and civilian deaths are still common, although this is lessening. Journalists are escorted by soldiers at all times. Don’t expect that much protection if you’re here just for kicks.

2. Haiti – Lack of a police force and corruption plagues this country. It has severe environmental and economical problems. Peacekeeping troops have been stationed here, but they can’t do that much. Firearms are rampant, with people walking down the streets with weapons not an uncommon sight. The culture is, however, rich, and you may want to take the risk if you know how to watch yourself. Don’t think there are any five-star hotels.

3. Somalia – This African country is not well-supported by the US, which is trouble for American travelers. Violence flares often here, with fighting still ongoing. Even with the Islamic Courts Union largely gone, they are still active along with Ethiopian troops. The nation is still broken. Parts of the nation are recovering, though, with technological aspects developing nicely. Food in Somalia is great, too. Fly in and sample the local dishes, and remember to stay on the beaten path.

4. Democratic Republic of the Congo – The worst place for women to be, so if you’re one, avoid going here at all costs. Violence against women is considered common by a majority, and rape happens often. A movement is out to right this wrong, but their influence is minor at best. Crime levels are high, and you’re likely to get kidnapped or killed for your belongings here. Their art and music, however, are great. I recommend viewing them from very far away.

5. Afghanistan – The Taliban has a powerful presence in this war-torn country. Outside of the capital, the risk of being kidnapped or killed is high. Beware when walking along the road; land mines still litter the landscape. Homemade bombs are also common. But there is something good here. Residents are proud of their culture, and if you play your cards right, you’ll enjoy your time here immensely.

I was about to place the US as an honorable mention, but only a few areas are risky in the traditional sense. What other places do you think are risky or places you shouldn’t go? Any comments? Speak up!

5 Responses

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  2. Considering its tumultuous history, armed populace, and proximity to the US, I’m shocked that Texas didn’t make this list.

  3. good article…thanks man…i love haiti though…

  4. I think you covered all the majors very well. And I’m glad to see you at least mentioned the US. As time goes on and the economy continues to collapse, as the poor get poorer and more desparate, and as the drug and gun culture continue to flourish, I’m sure it will move up in the standings. Southern Philippines and southern Indonesia might make your list as well as Sudan. Mexico is ok as long as you stick to the touristy places that are patrolled. Off the beaten track is chancy.

    I would like to suggest a few of the safest places if I may. I live in Singapore now, after 54 years in the US, and it may well be the safest place on the planet. It is a major reason I moved here.

    Vietnam is quite safe for western tourists who want a real feel of the third world without going to Africa. It is safer than Thailand and Laos.

  5. Good argument for seeing all of these places.


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