Few would argue with the claim that we’re living through strange times. Ten years ago, we knew where to look for the most dangerous places on the planet. It was easy to avoid them. Now, the words ‘danger’ and ‘risk’ have taken on a different meaning, because global terrorism is a much bigger threat to travelers than it used to be. The knowledge of this can be a scary thing, especially if you’re a keen explorer. However, most travelers have responded with a wonderful sense of stoicism. They are well aware of the risk, but they take extra precautions. They stay vigilant. They learn about what to do and how to help in the event of an emergency.
Most importantly, they are never deterred. The truest globetrotters and international adventurers find it easy to see the beauty of the world, even when its clarity is marred by hushed warnings and bad headlines. If travel is strongly discouraged, they hold out hope for a better day, when it’s possible to wander freely through these once maligned landscapes.
Choosing to Visit a Dangerous Country
Before, we discuss the countries that have been officially labeled as ‘dangerous,’ let’s talk about what that means for travelers. It’s a complex label because some of these regions are considered so risky that all travel is dissuaded. Others have no official recommendations, but tourists are advised to be extremely cautious. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. It’s very rare for travelers to be prevented from entering a country unless there is a war or political conflict between their two nations. So, it’s a matter of personal choice and the level of risk you’re willing to tolerate. It’s also worth noting that some parts of a country can be very dangerous, while others remain relatively safe.
Thailand is a good example. It is one of the most visited countries on earth. Millions of tourists flock to its beaches every year. There are many safe areas, and the vast majority of people leave the ‘Land of Smiles’ with nothing but happy memories. Nevertheless, travelers are advised to avoid certain places and be extra vigilant, particularly at night.
So, let’s dive into our discussion of the most dangerous countries on the planet. And don’t forget they all contain great beauty, if you look in the right places.