Top 10 Most Dangerous Travel Destinations
The most incredibly dangerous places to visit — and why.
6. Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
The UN has labeled Grozny the “Most Destroyed City on Earth.” The two Chechen Wars, adding up to about twelve years of nonstop violence, have left the city without much except rubble. Those who are unfortunate enough to be detained in Chechnya “face a real and immediate risk of torture,” according to Holly Carter, director of the Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division. Recently there has been an increased interest in Grozny as an extreme tourism destination.
7. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Refreshingly, amidst all this human-perpetrated crime, Papua New Guinea is the location of a great deal of seismic activity. This creates a constant threat of tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides. But, let’s not forget those standbys of rape, robbery and carjacking. Half of sexual violence in the country is committed against children, and both homosexuality and adultery are illegal. Criminal gangs, called “raskols,” make Port Moresby one of the most unlivable cities on Earth, according to the Intelligence Unit of the Economist.
8. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The media prominence of Port-au-Prince has faded since the 2010 earthquake became old news, but the city continues to be a hotspot of kidnapping, murders, drug-related shootouts, car-jacking, armed robberies and home break-ins. Once a popular stop for cruises, the city has seen a drop in tourism that only compounds its unemployment and underemployment issues.
9. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
This city is noted as the “most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones.” Drug-related crimes, kidnappings, sexual homicides; you name it, Ciudad Juarez has it. Nevertheless, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. It’s probably the only place on this list where you can, in fact, purchase a Big Mac. However, those who can afford to leave the city still do so in droves, as it is one of the most prominent battlegrounds for the continuing Mexican Drug War.
10. Baghdad, Iraq
Iraq continues to be considered a “critical” place for threat of terrorism by the United States Bureau of Diplomatic Security, who reported that though the number of terrorist attacks has decreased, the deadliness of those attacks had increased due to a shift in targets towards public areas such as religious facilities and markets. Attempts to raise Baghdad to its former glory as a center of culture, especially by redeveloping Tahrir Square, are on-going.