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!

Our Hanoi’s Old Quarter Travel

With a stuff for a week and with my long time buddy, Ajay we travel to Hanoi. We find Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the city’s most unusual, lively and colorful places. Here, we find that the entire area is in fact one large market. We browse and shop for musical instruments, snake wine, silk, mats, woven, candlesticks, even “ghost money” and much, much more.

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Here, we find exploring the maze of streets and alleys an adventure! We’ve got lost in the Old Quarter because of the frequent change of street name every couple of blocks. But it’s fun!

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We passed by Hang Thiec Street and bought “ghost money” or fake money which we used for burning at Buddhist ceremonies. And that includes fake US$5,000 bills! Hahaha We find this travel strange but enjoyable.

When we reached Lan Ong Street, we find a wide array of herbs that will whip up a concoction for whatever ails you on. Hang Chieu Street specializes in straw ropes and mats. On Hang Hanh Quat Street, Buddhas and Buddhist altars are for display.

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Now we are ready for a break. We visit Hang Hanh Street which is devoted to coffee shops. Hereby, Nha Tho Street is less crowded and quieter part of the Old Quarter which is also near the lake. We find Nah Tho lined with French restaurants cafes, antique stores and at the end of the block, St, Joseph Cathedral. So relaxing.

About Neil…

Neil Simon was born on November 26, 1982 in San Francisco, California, considered the Financial District that serves as a main central business district. Born to a father who is a known Banker and a Financial Consultant mother.

A graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Business major in Accounting. Neil started and worked as a Sales Associate with Bank Of San Francisco. He was then appointed to the position of Assistant Vice President for Financial Management and Director of the Budget. Over the next years he was promoted to Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs. But this does not stop him for being with his first love, Travel. He always splurge and travel in style. Alone or with a companion, it doesn’t matter to him. But he does have a soft spot when it comes to his family.