Tourists usually travel from their homes in search of new sights, thrills, and experiences. However, the destinations where all this adventure is found can also expose the tourist to unforgettable pain and grief. In the definition of danger, both nature and human can pose a real risk of injury, pain, and death.
The Death Valley in the USA has temperatures that soar to 110 degrees; a place of rugged and stark beauty, the unforgiving heat can cause death within fourteen hours in the absence of water.
The Danakil Desert in Eritrea is also a beautiful, breathtaking landscape. But looks can be deceiving: apart from the scorching heat the active volcanoes and gorges that emit toxic gasses can spell doom for the unwary traveler.
Antarctic: On the other end of the scale are the cold wastelands of the Antarctic. The glare of the snow and ice, the sheer vastness of the land with its gigantic glaciers, icebergs and marine life are tourist magnets but cold and the vagaries of nature are always lurking.
Mount Everest is the ultimate challenge for those who would wish to add to their bucket list, the achievement of standing on the roof of the world. However, the successes of its conquests are matched by those it has vanquished. The cold and airlessness are no mean adversaries.
Iha da Queimada Grande (Snake Island) located off the mainland of Brazil. It’s a small island chockfull of the venomous Bothrops viper. The Brazilian government banned visitors to the island after the last lighthouse keeper on the island was killed by the venomous snakes. At one time, the population was said to be one snake per square meter of land.
Bikini Atoll as part of The Marshall Island is an idyllic postcard looking place. However, it was part of numerous nuclear tests in the last century. This has made it heavily contaminated with radioactivity. Living or even visiting it is a sure recipe for the horrors of nuclear contamination including cancer. As a result, it has no inhabitants.
Acapulco in Mexico is an exotic looking place with its beautiful bay and beaches. Many a tourist would be drawn by its beauty but at personal risk. The drug interests and crime in this jewel make robbery, kidnapping or even murder an ever-present threat.
Sana’a in Yemen is world UNESCO heritage site. With its ancient and rich history coupled with intricate historical architectural marvels, it should be a must-visit site for tourists. However, the political instability occasioned by a deadly civil war makes it super risky. By the end of March 2017, close to 5,000 civilians had been killed. Definitely not a place to visit despite its alluring gems.
Bogota in Colombia is at the heart of the Colombian drug trade. As a result, any tourist could find themselves caught in the crossfire of the various interest groups. There is also the risk of getting mugged and kidnapped for ransom. Crime is so commonplace that only the foolhardy tourists would venture to sample the attractions it has to offer.
Cape Town in South Africa rounds off the list of attractive but dangerous tourist destinations. However, the abnormally high homicides in it make it a town for which the tourist would be advised to be on the alert. Other crimes include burglary and rape.
In conclusion, whether touring for the thrills, spills, and adventure, it would be wise not to visit a place that will fill you and your loved ones with a life of regret.Publisher: Fadiyah Sameh