10 Most Dangerous Holiday Destinations


10 Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations As the summer holidays approach, more and
more people are jetting around the world to catch some sun, eat exotic food, and pay too
much for souvenirs. And while on most holidays, the biggest risk
is you face is having to queue at the airport, there are some destinations that could seriously
mess you up. From pirate coves to literal snake pits, here
are the 10 Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations: 10) Somalia
If there’s a place that doesn’t exactly scream “Great summer getaway”, it’s
Somalia [DIRECTION: Do air quotes]. After all, pirates are just more fun when they’re
camp Johnny Depp characters and not real life murderers with AK47s. And pirates are no longer even Somalia’s
biggest problem. Islamic terror group Al-Shabaab has become powerful enough to capture several
of the country’s major cities. And, Somalia is on the brink of a famine that cause mass
starvation and emigration. Unsurprisingly, they’re not exactly overbooked
for holidays.. In fact, since Somalia collapsed into civil
war in 1991, its capital city of Mogadishu has attracted precisely one tourist. In 2010, Canadian Mike Spencer Brown became
the first and only person to visit the capital for pleasure. After convincing the bewildered
border guards to let him stay, Brown paid Somali soldiers to ferry him to a local hotel,
where he stayed for the duration of his trip. Personally I prefer vacations where the chance
of being shot in the face is as low as possible. But hey, each to their own. 9) Mount Hua
This amazing image was taken from the Northern peak of Mount Hua. It’s stunning right?
And the good news is that if you want to see it in person, all you have to do to see them
is lash yourself to a chain, hug up to the mountain face, and creep your way through
6 kilometres of thin rickety boards. Or you know, just look at a photo. Yes, Mount Hua isn’t just a beautiful old
mountain. It’s also Asia’s premier attraction for death-worshipping psychopaths. Considered one of the most dangerous hikes
in the world, climbing Hua means relying on a terrifying mix of gerry-rigged planks and
small holes punched into the mountainside. The precarious conditions are no accident.
In fact the hike used to be deliberately kept dangerous in order to increase the sense of
challenge. But then, in the 1980s the local spoil sports, I mean government, brought in
a series of safety measures to try and stop the mountain from constantly raining tourists. But even with the deeper paths and partial
railing, it’s still believed that 100 climbers a year fall off the side. Seriously guys, just look at a photo. 8) Phillipines
The Philippines may seem like the perfect first stop on your TOTALLY unique and special
gap year. But, A) you’re a walking stereotype and no-one
wants to read your terrible travel blog. And B), I’d steer clear of the Philippines for
now. As I speak, the northern city of Marawi is
under siege from ISIS-linked jihadist group Abu Sayyaf. The situation is so bad that the
Filipino army took the extraordinary step of asking the US military for help, without
even running it past their president Rodrigo Duterte first. With Abu Sayyaf only being one of four active
Islamic extremist groups in the area, Duterte has already installed martial law in the region.
And now he’s openly considering enforcing it across the country. Even at more peaceful times, the Philippines
is always at risk from volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes. In fact, research by risk
analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft found that 8 of the 10 cities most at danger from natural
disasters are in the Philippines. Basically, if the gang wars and terror groups
don’t get you, you’ll just be swept up in a hurricane anyway. 7) Lake Natron
On the face of it, Lake Natron sounds pretty great. It’s a 52 kilometre long lake on the border
between Tanzania and Kenya. It stays at a fairly constant temperature year-round. And
best of all there are no nasty creatures swimming around in it, waiting to pounce and bite off
your [DIRECTION: Gesture suggestively below camera]… leg. So why shouldn’t you swim in it? Well, if
you do you’ll end up like this: Yes, the reason that there are no little creatures
swimming around in Lake Natron is that even coming into contact with it can calcify animals
in a matter of seconds. You see, the ground under and around the lake
is formed of Trachyte. This extremely alkaline bedrock, combined with high sodium levels
in the water, have created a lake corrosive to the touch. Long story short, if you stick your toe in
this lake, be prepared not to have a toe much longer. Tourists can visit the lake, but few choose
to for two main reasons. One, the fumes the lake gives off are poisonous, and can be deadly
if you choose to stick around long enough. And two, the lake frequently washes up petrified
dead animals. And let’s be honest, even Tim Burton doesn’t
want to spend his day at the beach picking his way through rows of mummified bird corpses. 6) Grand Cayman
You probably know the Cayman Islands as that caribbean place rich people use to avoid tax.
After all, the mega-wealthy need every penny they can save to keep buying solid gold shirts
and diamond bathtubs for their dogs. But Grand Cayman also has another claim to
fame: being the hurricane capital of the world. The island has to face a typhoon roughly once
every two years. Since records began in 1871, Grand Cayman has been smacked by 85 different
storms. The most serious cyclone in recent years was
in Hurricane Ivan, which swept through the territory in 2004. Ivan destroyed 70 per cent
of the island’s buildings, and left 40,000 residents without food and water for days. Whirlwinds remain such a problem for tourism
that the island has had to promise all visitors a “Hurricane Guarantee”. This will refund
any holidays cancelled or cut short by tropical storms. Even with the money guarantee, many tourists
are simply choosing to avoid the windtrap altogether. 5) Venezuela
This beautiful South American country is home to the world’s highest waterfall, one of
the best windsurfing beaches in the world, and what looks like a flying mountain. That’s a tourist’s dream right? Well,
it would be if Venezuela wasn’t also home to a failing socialist government trying to
murder its way back into power. In March 2017, President Nicolas Maduro tried
to take over the country’s National Assembly, which he had lost control of in the previous
election. This attempted move towards dictatorship led to mass protests in the streets, which
the government made worse by violently attacking the protesters. If you think dodging the odd street battle
is a small price to pay for a summer break, bare in mind that you probably won’t be
able to eat either. As the price of the fuel drops around the
world, Venezuela’s oil-based economy has collapsed and food is desperately scarce.
Locals have supposedly started having to cook up pets and even zoo animals just to survive. Unsurprisingly, the US State Department currently
advises against visiting the struggling nation. And from the looks of things, they kinda have
a point. 4) Bikini Atoll
Tucked away in the sunny Marshall Islands, Bikini Atoll is essentially a chain of perfect-looking
white beaches off the coast of Australia. It also sounds familiar. Bikini Atoll, Bikini
Atoll. Where have I heard that name before? Oh right, it’s that place America pumped
full of more radiation than Godzilla in an X-ray machine. Between 1946 and 1958, Sandy Chernobyl here
was used as an American test site for the atomic bomb. Long story short, the US ended
up detonating 23 nukes on the island. Almost 60 years after the tests ended, and
the atoll is still uninhabitable. The local plants and animals have absorbed too much
radiation to be edible, and background amounts of cesium-137 are still at deadly levels. Which is why it’s even stranger that tourists
are allowed to visit the island. Since 1996, the Marshall Islands have permitted scuba
fans to dive in the beach’s waters. As long as you stick to the waters, diving
at Bikini Atoll is fairly safe. But divers also have to sign a waiver saying they won’t
venture onto the land. Apparently the island being coated in a layer of slow radioactive
death, still isn’t enough to stop some people trying to get that perfect Instagram shot. 3) Danakil Depression Let’s go from a place that is a nuclear
wasteland but doesn’t look like it, to a place that isn’t a nuclear wasteland but
reaaaaally looks like it. That multi-coloured Martian landscape is actually
the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia. And if there was ever a place that the Earth itself
didn’t want you to visit: it’s this. Formed at the cross-section of three tectonic
plates, the area is the most volcanic in the world. Despite only covering about 200 kilometres,
Danakil is peppered with as many as 30 active volcanoes. And when the bursts of lava aren’t melting
you, is sun is. The Danakil Depression the hottest place in the world, with the mirco-climate
regularly reaching 41 degree celsius. The area has even recorded temperatures above
50 degrees. Even the region’s lakes are deadly. Yeah,
believe it or not this bright green lake isn’t great to drink from. Shocking right? This combo of lava-spewing volcanoes, skin-burning
heat, and lakes that look like Mountain Dew has made the Danakil Depression completely
unlivable. Technically you can visit for short periods
of time. But here’s a better option: don’t. 2) Ilha de Queimada Grande [Il-ha de k-ma-da
Grande] If you visit Brazil, I recommend you take
the time to check out the beaches of Copacabana, or the Christ the Redeemer statue. What you should absolutely not check out is
Ilha de Queimada Grande. Or it’s also known: snake island. Claimed as the most deadly island in the world,
the Brazilian government has banned anyone but the navy from visiting it without their
express permission. Why? Well, mainly because the island is literally overflowing with poison-lined
nightmare snakes. Queimada Grande is home to the deadly Golden
Lancehead viper, a species of snake so clearly evil even David Attenborough wants to kick
it in the face. Probably. The endangered Golden Lancehead exists only
on Snake Island, and has a venom four times as powerful as the normal lancehead. If bitten,
victims tend to last an hour; max. The poison is also acidic enough to burn its
way through a victim’s flesh, making them easier for the Golden Lancehead to digest.
Yup, that’s all kinds of nope, right there. Snake Island is currently crawling with as
many as 4,000 Golden Lanceheads. That’s a horrifying 5 snakes per square metre. At this point any sane country would have
started nuking the island until these snakes were upgraded from endangered to extinct. But since Brazil insists on preserving the
island as a “nature reserve”, just make sure you avoid it like the horrifying den
of vipers it is. 1) Acapulco
In the 1950s and 60s, Acapulco became a favorite holiday hotspot for A-list celebs. Everyone
from Elizabeth Taylor, to Frank Sinatra, to JFK vaccayed in the sunny Mexican city. Unfortunately, one thing has managed to ruin
Acapulco’s legacy forever. And no, I’m not talking about this: Tacky 80s song references aside, the city
has been plunged into gang violence ever since the early 2000s. Stories like the time a cartel gunned down
6 market vendors in plain daylight, or the time they beheaded 14 people in a beach resort
don’t exactly sell “great family vacation”. Nor does the fact that Acapulco has the second-highest
homicide rate of any city in the world. In 2016 alone, 918 people were murdered there.
The problem is so severe the army have been actively guarding the city since 2011. This violence has all but destroyed the city’s
tourist industry. In 2006, over 355,000 holidaymakers flew in to Acapulco. But by 2015, only 52,000
did. [EDIT: Show numbers onscreen] Of course, tourists are still free to enjoy
Acapulco any time they want. It’s just that it’s kinda hard to relax on the beach when
you have to share it with the marines.

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