In case you haven’t noticed, the world seems to be getting more and more dangerous by the day. While you might be busy right now preparing your travel plans for 2017, it’s important to note that there may be a few places that you might wish to cross of your list of considered destinations.
For a wide variety of reasons, there are just some places around the globe that are too hot to visit at the moment. While this is not to say that you definitely shouldn’t travel to these places, it is to say that should you do so, then you’ll definitely want to keep your wits about you… (And make sure you’ve always got a means of getting in touch with friends and family back home…)
So, what are the 15 most dangerous places to vacation in 2017? Let’s take a look…
The days of Pablo Escobar may be over, but drug cartels remain a problem, and this country is still one of the 20 most dangerous in the world.
Thought beautiful, Ethiopia is confronting a dramatic rise in terrorism, especially in places that are frequented by Western tourists.
There are a number of reasons why Mali has been the subject of multiple traveling warnings, not the least of which is frequent terrorist incidents.
Economic disparity as well as a rising problem with violence against women may be a few reasons to scratch India off of your 2017 travel list.
The murder rate in Honduras is appreciably higher than it is in most places around the globe. In fact, one of its cities has a murder rate of 169 people per every hundred thousand.
Severe economic issues and short supplies of food and water have turned Venezuela into a dangerous place, with violent crime sharply on the rise.
7. South Africa
Some of this country’s urban centers, and particularly Cape Town, have become hot beds for organized and petty crime alike.
Recent terrorist attacks in Bangladesh have prompted by the U.S. and the U.K. to issue travel warnings about the country to their citizens.
With an election coming up, the potential for getting caught in civil unrest is quite high in Nicaragua.
With all the upheaval that the debacle preceding the Summer Olympics there kicked up, now is definitely not the time to check out Christ the Redeemer.
Political turmoil continues to be a problem in Egypt, which is why you should reconsider that sightseeing tour in Giza for the foreseeable future.
While there’s plenty to see and do in this beautiful nation, crime has been on the rise here and terrorists attacks have been all too frequent in recent years.
If you do travel here, be sure to stick to well-populated areas, as the country’s more remote regions have been the site of a dramatic uptick in armed violence and kidnappings.
Turkey has not been immune to the rise of terrorism in the region, which is why it’s important to be extra vigilant if you visit.
15. North Korea
Especially given what’s sure to be a fraught relationship with the new U.S. administration, North Korea should be avoided at all costs.