There’s an adventurous breed of daredevil travelers who thrive on braving destinations that most sane people prefer to avoid. There’s something thrilling about heading to risky places which gives them bragging rights to tamer tourists who’d rather stay on the well-beaten (safer) track. Granted, many of these locations are stunningly beautiful, so there are breathtaking rewards beyond the risk factor. We’re certainly not advising you to take a trip to war-torn hotspots or countries in the throws of a natural disaster. However, here are some dangerous destinations around the world that you may or may not be tempted to visit – with caution.
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While escaping the everyday routine to go on an extreme vacation, some risky places require a lot more preparation and forethought than others. Aside from the war-torn hotspots, here are a handful of dangerous places that you might dare to visit.
1. Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea
The Kokoda Track presents many challenges and dangers to the increasing number of adventurers that it accommodates, but by far the greatest danger is the perpetual infestation of malarial mosquitoes.
2. Death Road, Bolivia
Claiming around 250 lives per year, the aptly named Death Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. One wrong move, and you could end up plummeting down a 2,000-foot vertical drop. At its highest, the road reaches over 15,000 feet before descending to only 3,900 feet above sea level.
3. Chernobyl, Ukraine
The whole region, spanning some 1,000 square miles, was evacuated in 1986 due to the devastating explosion at the local nuclear power plant. However, the danger comes not so much from radiation any more, but the countless precariously abandoned buildings.
4. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher reach a maximum height of 700 feet, but with the huge vertical drops right into the sea and frequent high winds, you certainly won’t want to veer too close to the edge. Sadly the cliffs also have a reputation for attracting self-destructive and even suicidal behavior.
5. Acapulco, Mexico
The crime rate has become astronomical in recent years, running at nearly 30 times higher than the US average. The vast majority of the crime largely involves drug cartels and does not specifically target tourists. However, you best take heed before planning a trip to this pretty seaside town
6. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Named one of the world’s 20 best surfing towns by National Geographic in 2012, this unfortunate region also has highest number of shark attacks anywhere in the world. There have been 238 incidents on record, 12 in 2008 alone.
7. Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
This is a highly active volcanic region. It’s also extremely inhospitable, being one of the hottest spots on Earth. Unfortunately, the area is made even more uninviting due to border disputes with neighboring Eritrea.
8. Mount Everest, Nepal
Standing just over 29,000 feet above sea level at the summit, the air is so thin that oxygen tanks and breathing masks are essential. Over 250 people have died attempting to reach the summit. Many bodies still lie frozen in the snow. Some have earned nicknames and serve as trail markers along Everest’s routes.
9. Hua Shan, China
The walk consists of unstable wooden boards precariously clinging to the cliffs. With no guard rails and a largely unstable construction, many lives have been claimed by this walk, which features drops of up to 7,000 feet.
10. Mont Blanc, France
With a peak of over 16,000 feet, Mont Blanc in France is one of the most breathtaking yet dangerous hiking spots in Europe. There’s a threat of high wind speeds and a constant risk of avalanches. The mountain has claimed dozens of lives in recent decades.