While preparing for a trip we all know to carefully pack our bags, find the best travel deals, and check the weather forecast. But something many of us overlook is researching the safety of the destination. When was the last time you researched crime rates before booking a city escape? Those of us from safe areas who don’t encounter theft, violence, or natural disasters can be guilty of being na’ve to how threatening our dream destination may be.
Some of the most popular destinations happen to be some of the most dangerous parts of the world. Mexico offers incredible all-inclusive beach holidays, but did you know Mexican cities have some of the highest murder rates in the world? Meanwhile, Brazil has a vibrant culture that we all want to see for ourselves but has some of the world’s worst gang violence.
Before planning your next adventure, search for your government’s advice on traveling to the area. Learn the common scams and what parts of the city you shouldn’t venture into after dark. Cities with gang culture are often more dangerous than most, while high rates of poverty almost always mean higher rates of theft. Even if you consider yourself a tough, experienced adventurer, there are some places that nobody should travel to under any circumstances. Places where there is a genuine threat of terrorism, homicide, or natural disaster, aren’t worth the risk.
Check out our list of the 30 Most Violent Cities In The World to see for yourself.
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