Traveling is supposed to be about leaving the frustrations of job and home life behind for a week of relaxation and invigoration. Sure, there are inherent risks whenever you travel to different parts of the world, but some countries can be downright dangerous for the unaware traveler. Travel dangers come in all shapes and sizes. One country may be war-torn and full of desperate marauders. Another may be known for petty theft and street violence. Some dangers are inherent in the land itself, with wildlife, terrain and weather conditions that could prove perilous. The problem is that some places are still worth visiting despite these dangers. Not every traveler wants an umbrella drink in their hand and their toes in the sand. Some people crave danger up close and personal. Others find the reward outweighs the risk. We’ll look at 10 dangerous places that are still on
Brazil is one of the most beautiful countries on planet Earth. It’s also a pretty dangerous place to tour. The main trouble in Brazil is the epic crime rate, with a murder rate four times that of the United States [source: Department of State]. Murder is just the tip of the iceberg in Brazil. High numbers of rapes, robberies and “quicknappings” occur. These are a new kind of crime where a person is abducted for a short amount of time with a quick payoff, typically from a drive to an ATM machine. Economically depressed areas like Sao Paulo and Salvador are some of the most dangerous spots on Earth for gang violence. The crime doesn’t just stick around the barrio though. Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s premier tourist vacation destinations is also a hotbed of criminal activity. The growing chasm between the upper and lower classes in Brazil threaten to keep the violence going for the foreseeable future.