Top 10 Most Dangerous Travel Destinations
The most incredibly dangerous places to visit — and why.
The World’s Baddest Badlands: Top 10
1. Mogadishu, Somalia
Consider a vacation in Mogadishu if you enjoy being unique. In 2004, Somalia’s minister of tourism claimed that the country hadn’t had an officially-acknowledged a tourist in 14 years. Since the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991, Mogadishu has been plagued by terrorist attacks and cross-border warring. Street crime is not uncommon, and there is no US Embassy in the city. As of August 2011, there have been a great deal of reconstruction efforts.
2. Pyongyang, North Korea
North Korea might be the spot for you if you don’t like to plan things out for yourself. All tours are controlled and escorted by the government, which is also widely known for public executions and holding entire families in political prison camps. The Economist Intelligence Unit listed North Korea as the most authoritarian country in its index in 2006. If the unending Cold War with South Korea that dictator Kim Jong-un likes to threaten will go hot sometime soon isn’t enough to turn you away, there is also a strict ban on cell phones and Internet access.
3. Sana’a, Yemen
Since the installation of a new government in 2012, things have been looking up for Yemen. However, opposition to that government, coupled with poverty and poor security, make it an extremely dangerous country. In 2013 alone there were at least 14 attacks around the country by Al-Qai’da, according to the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Political and civil unrest continues to rise throughout the country.
4. Bogota, Colombia
Ongoing violence among the four major Colombian drug cartels and several smaller “BACRIMS” makes Bogota a risky place to visit. Then there are the guerilla groups and paramilitary forces that you also have to avoid. Though Bogota has substantially decreased its homicide rate since the mid-90’s, drug-related crimes, kidnapping, robbery and pickpocketing are still common. In February 2014 the Colombian magazine Semana sparked new controversy after publishing the details of a massive corruption network within the Colombian army.
5. Caracas, Venezuela
At roughly one homicide every 21 minutes, Venezuela is one of the most dangerous countries in the world today. Its capital, Caracas, is witness to a murder rate of 100 per 100,000 residents. Aside from murder, the city is also famous for pickpocketing, robbery and kidnapping, all results of the poverty that plagues the country. The high-profile murder of Venezuelan celebrity Monica Spear, as well as her ex-husband, in front of their young daughter, renewed attention to the issue.