Most of us like to travel and the availability of cheap flights along with value hotels has made this more viable than ever now. The chance to jet away to a previously unvisited country for a few weeks adventure and relaxation is a tempting proposition for many. Before you pack your suitcase though, have a good check on where you plan to head too. While most countries are safe to travel too, some are not. Well, unless your idea of a relaxing holiday is dodging bullets and hostile forces!
We take a look at the ten most dangerous countries right now to visit:
10 – Chad
This landlocked country is found in Central Africa and counts a variety of other African countries as its neighbours. As a country it has many natural resources that would be great for tourists from Lake Chad to the southern Savanna zone, rich in plant life. Unfortunately, it is not advised to check these out in person as Chad is a very bad place to find yourself in. Prime amongst this is that there are the violent terrorist groups Isis, Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram very active there. These groups are known for attacking tourists and foreigners to either kill or kidnap. In addition, there are many minefields found in certain areas of the country which could prove fatal if you step in the wrong place!
09 – Honduras
Moving across the globe, we find the Central American country of Honduras. Originally known as Spanish Honduras, it is a very dark and violent place to stay in. The country lack any real authoritative police presence to combat crime and it has major problems with drugs trafficking. The drugs gangs that operate in this area mean that shoot-outs tourists could be caught up in are never far away. The neighbourhood of Gracias a Dios is the worst place in the country and has a very high murder rate. This and a handful of other districts in Honduras accounted for 70% of the homicides regarding US citizens in recent years.
08 – Venezuela
Venezuela is found below Honduras and in the continent of South America. It is actually a country of fantastic natural beauty with many species of exotic animals found there. It makes our list however because of its many internal problems that make holidaying here unwise. Many countries such as the USA even officially warn against travel here which shows how bad it has become. The main reason behind its problems is the shortage of basic needs such as food and water. This has led to a country consumed by crimes like car-jackings, kidnap, violent muggings and murder. With one of the highest crime rates around globally, it is a place best avoided.
07 – Nigeria
Heading back to Africa, we find Nigeria. This is probably one of the best-known countries around the world in terms of Africa but also currently one of the most dangerous. The central issue for safety in Nigeria is the active presence of Boko Haram and Isis West Africa within it. These groups regularly target public places to make large-scale attacks which tourists could easily be caught up in. Random violence is also a big safety issue and people who go to Nigeria need to be constantly on guard for potential assailants at all times.
06 – Lebanon
Lebanon has long been a tricky place to travel too due to the inherent instability there and that has not changed in modern times. It is a real shame as the country itself boasts a rich history that would make it a fascinating place to fully explore. Unfortunately, the presence of many terrorist factions active in the country mean that this is not something to be undertaken lightly! The main danger is terrorist bombs which happen frequently and are not something you want to be mixed up in. The culture of the country also means that disputes between families or neighbours can quickly escalate into extreme violence. As a tourist, this poses a serious risk to your safety in you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
05 – Guatemala
Found in Central America, this country has a border with Mexico that is the main reason travel there is not recommended. The hyper violent drugs gangs that operate in this region use it to smuggle their product on and this means there are lots of very bad people you could fall foul of. The border area is also used for smuggling illegal immigrants onwards too which again poses a safety risk to any foreigner who may get mixed up in it. To give an idea of just how dangerous Guatemala is – it had the fifth highest homicide rate in Latin America recently.
04 – Pakistan
This country is fairly unique in that it is probably the Government there that is most dangerous to you as a tourist! The Pakistan authorities are very suspicious of any travellers in the country and tourists have been arrested to be questioned for days on end in some cases. This country also has its problems with terrorism and many groups use the remote regions in its borders as training grounds. Religious disputes are also common which makes it even more foolish to spend any amount of time in this country.
03 – El Salvador
If you travel to this Central American country, then be prepared to dodge the many Maras that stalk the streets. The Maras are violent, drug-crazed local gangs that plague El Salvador and anyone who crosses their path. The crimes they are involved in go from simple assault or robbery to kidnap and murder. This country has one of the world’s highest murder rates as a result and makes it simply too hot to handle as a foreign tourist.
02 – Yemen
Next on our list is this country found in the Middle East. As with other nations on this list, it boasts a rich history and in normal circumstances would be a breath-taking place to visit. It is seriously not advised to that at the moment though! The capital city is Sanaa and there are numerous cases of foreign visitors being kidnapped by local terrorist groups there. Al Qaeda is also still active in this country and poses a real risk as a tourist. Even without these dangers, the lack of food and water means that it would not be somewhere you would enjoy staying.
01 – Colombia
Sitting at the top of our list is this South American country that has long been a trip many will not take. Although probably not quite as dangerous in the past, it is still very uncertain and violent. Big cities like Bogota experience regular terrorist bombings which makes them a very volatile place to be in. Most of the country still has massive problems with robbery, murder and kidnappings which should definitely make you think twice as a visitor. It is a real shame as there is much to see in Colombia but if you value your life, it is best avoided for now.
If you are thinking of going on a holiday, then anywhere other than the countries above are a wise move. While they all have a lot going for them in terms of natural beauty and resources, they also have huge problems with serious crime. Hopefully, they can handle the problems they face in order to resolve them and become a good place for tourists to visit. Until then, there are far more stable and safe places to enjoy a cocktail in.