Thanks to cheap airfares, affordable hotels and comprehensive travel packages, traveling abroad has surged to where it seems almost as common as cross country trips. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent by consumers annually who are seeking to explore new places as they encounter fresh faces.
But there is a dark side to international travel that can prove dangerous, even deadly for unsuspecting tourists and that is visits to countries and cities where violence awaits. The British travel review website Zoover recently shared their “five most dangerous holiday destinations” in a bid to alert travelers of the problems out there. Let’s take a look at these five destinations and then review how you can avoid being victimized the next time you travel abroad:
1) Durban, South Africa – In South Africa some cities are unable to guarantee your safety. Especially the harbor city of Durban is notorious as far as personal safety goes. A. Dijkhzuizen has the following warning: ‘Be careful, don’t just get into a taxi. You could get ambushed, robbed etc. Taxi chauffeurs are regularly murdered, especially those driving buses or vans’.
2) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – This South American metropolis is known for its criminal activity and corruption . The reason Jeroen van den Bos won’t return to Rio de Janeiro, in his words, is: ‘At first glance it appears to be a beautiful city but in reality it’s polluted and we were robbed at gunpoint of our money, sunglasses and sports shoes in the Ipanema suburb. The police did not make us feel any better or safer’.
3) Nairobi, Kenya – The capital of Kenya displays a large discrepancy between the wealthy and poor. Bert has the following to say: ‘Kenya and the capital Nairobi are beautiful but terribly criminal. Make sure that you take a taxi at night or are escorted at night because ‘going out’ without such safety precautions is foolish’.
4) Playa el Agua, Isla Margarita – This popular coastal destination is becoming increasingly unsafe. ‘Very dangerous, we could not even leave our compound. Several people were robbed, and I mean with a gun to their head’, according to Wendy who spent her holiday there.
5) Caracas, Venezuela – In the capital city of Venezuela, poverty is sadly the cause of much criminal activity. Tonny Oosterwaal experienced this first hand: ‘I was robbed at gunpoint which caused my wife to faint’, he told Zoover.
SayEducate published a list last month – Top 30 Travel Tips For Safety’s Sake – which we invite you to explore. It offers readers some excellent ideas on how to avoid being victimized. Also, make it a habit of visiting popular travel sites such as Lonely Planet to learn what seasoned travelers have to say about a particular destination. Some cities are rough and tumble, but they may offer you a measure of safety if you stay in the right hotel or compound.
Clearly, international travel is growing in leaps and bounds but it isn’t without its pitfalls. An educated traveler is one who can minimize his or her chances of being victimized, perhaps killed by avoiding notoriously dangerous destinations.
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