2. Juárez, Mexico
While the beache resorts of Mexico are still fairly safe for tourists, provided you learn to keep an eye out for pickpockets, the area around the U.S.-Mexico border (specifically Juárez) is a haven for gruesome crimes spearheaded by the local cartels. These gangs of drug runners and immigrant smugglers have achieved a frightening new level of violence in their quest to control the United States’ lucrative drug trade. In addition, those tourists who show up to sample some pharmaceuticals are asking for trouble with the law; trouble that could land you in one of Mexico’s horrific prisons.