It’s no secret that there are plenty of places in the world that, while incredible to explore, aren’t particularly safe for everyone, especially for solo travellers.
From scam artists to pickpockets, civil disorder and gang violence, these popular tourist destinations pose threats that many travellers are not aware of when booking their flight. If you plan a trip to any of these destinations, make sure to tag a friend along or look for another place instead.
- Acapulco, Mexico
A favourite destination for its wonderful sights, beaches, resorts and cuisines, Acapulco in Mexico is nevertheless one of the dangerous holiday spots for globetrotters. With rising number of drug traffickers and gang violence cases, it’s quickly becoming one of the must-avoid destinations for locals and tourists alike.
- Jakarta, Indonesia
One of the sought-after destinations by holidaymakers, Jakarta offers a unique tropical experience. That being said, there are quite a number of threats that can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Kidnappings and terrorism in the region are particularly problematic in the last few years.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There are many places in the country have higher crime rates and are more dangerous than Rio. However, since this is the most popular city in the country, it’s worth knowing its safety status. Though the city is generally much safer than a decade ago, street crimes are still prevalent in some areas, especially at night. While you can still enjoy the beaches and resorts, make sure not to be alone when roaming around after sunset.
- Delhi, India
When thinking of India, you’re probably picturing out colourful culture, spicy Indian food and welcoming people. Despite its compelling historical sights, Delhi continues to be one of the top crime capitals of the world, with rape cases skyrocketing in the city.
- Honduras, Central America
This tropical and rich country sits on the coastline of Central America. It’s a major attraction due to its lush jungles, ancient ruins, white, sandy beaches and clear turquoise water, which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. However, the country has incredibly high crime rates, with half of its population living below the poverty line. While its sights make the place worth experiencing, your safety will be at stake if you insist having a Caribbean holiday.
There are numerous reasons to visit Egypt: the vast deserts, the Nile River, the ancient pyramids and the famous Red Sea. However, the country’s political instability easily leads to protests and violent clashes. Also, be sure to know the laws before you visit as it can be a form of illegal act to photograph military barracks, police stations or other public buildings.
As a responsible and smart traveller, it’s vital that you take all the necessary precautions to avoid becoming a victim of any crime. And above all, wherever in the world you plan to go, common sense must always prevail.