2. North Korea
At this point, anyone who knowingly visits North Korea must be missing a few brain cells. In the summer of 2017, the U.S. Secretary of State banned all U.S. citizens from visiting the East Asian country, and we don’t blame them. For decades, this country has been ruled by the Kim Dynasty – a three-generational lineage of leaders who have starved, tortured, and killed their own citizens. In the ’90s, now-deceased leader Kim Jong-il was partially responsible for a famine that killed up to 3 million people, and threats of a second bout of famine threaten to wreak havoc on the country under the leadership of his son, Kim Jong-un. Citizens, as well as visitors, must abide by a plethora of strict rules. Anyone caught breaking the law is sentenced to hard labor or even death.
An American tourist named Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel. Seventeen months into this sentence, he fell into a coma and was released to his family back in the U.S. where he later died. Do you think this stops people from wanting to visit the northern country? Not a chance.