With all the countries and cities in the entire world, travelers want to visit them all and experience different cultures, foods, and ways of life. Travel can be exciting and wonderful, but it can also be incredibly unsafe and sometimes even deadly. Knowing the latest information about the country and city you want to visit is crucial to your overall safety while you travel. If you have not heard the following information about these unsafe locations, you should read on and make sure you know what you will be getting into if you decide to go against advice and travel there.
Iraq is a clear forerunner in the unsafe vacation spots race, as there is an ongoing war at the moment. You definitely want to stay away from both Iraq and Afghanistan at all costs, for basically the same reason. War-ridden countries are dangerous for tourists, especially because of the danger of kidnappings and theft.
You should steer clear of Russia, in particular the Chechen Republic, also known as Chechnya. Chechen rebels have been causing major trouble since 2002, when they took over a Moscow theater and held a great number of people hostage. Sadly, 129 hostages and 50 gunmen were killed in the process. Kidnappings are common here as well.
If you like your danger diverse, look no further than Colombia. There is the ever popular kidnapping, as well as robbery, murder, and domestic airline hijacks to choose from. Americans in particular have gone missing in Colombia. This may come as unwelcome news, because Colombia has some of the most beautiful landscapes and mountain ranges, but your safety should come first.
Traveling to Yemen would be a very scary mistake, as the country has been ravaged by civil war for many years. Western tourists have been kidnapped and murdered in Yemen. Though the petty crime rate is generally low, travelers face the dangers of kidnapping and carjacking the most.
You probably heard about Haiti many times in the news lately, especially because of the recent natural disasters like the Haitian earthquake in 2010. Unfortunately, since this country has very low income, it has been difficult for them to rebuild. The most unsafe part about Haiti, however, is not the earthquake remnants, but the black magic and witchcraft, as well as riots and escaped prisoners running rampant. You are also at risk for carjacking and fake roadblocks, which are designed to get you to stop so you can be robbed or carjacked. You would be ill-advised to visit a country as rooted in danger as Haiti.
This is not by any means a complete list, so you should always check the latest information about the country you wish to visit before even planning the rest of the trip. Travelers should know that if there is not a US Consulate in the country you want to visit, you probably should not attempt to visit it at all. You should also make sure to get insurance for your travels in case anything does happen while you are visiting a foreign country.