25 Places That You Should Really Think Hard About Before Visiting

The seasoned travelers among you will know that there are some places where you just don’t want to go unless you really know what it is that you’re getting into to. It may be the weather, the crime, or just the price but these are 25 places that you should really think hard about before visiting!



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For the past twenty years this has pretty much been no man’s land. What little semblance of government exists only has control of small parts of Mogadishu.


Snake Island

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This Brazilian island is actually off limits to tourists. It has an average of 5 venomous snakes per square meter


North Sentinel Island

North Sentinel IslandSource: reddit, Image: google maps

This island in the Bay of Bengal is inhabited by extremely hostile indigenous tribes who have refused to make contact with the outside world. Today it is a protected region so if you go there you are not only violating the law, you are asking to get speared in the face.


East St. Louis

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If you do happen to accidentally end up here, lock your doors, don’t make eye contact, and whatever you do….don’t stop the car. The murder rate here in 2007 topped out at 101.9 people killed out of every 100,000. When compared to 2015 international statistics, this would make East St Louis the 5th most dangerous city in the world.

Note: East St Louis (across the river) in Illinois, should not be confused with St Louis (in Missouri). And while St Louis is still the most dangerous city in the US, its murder rate is significantly lower at 59.23 murders per 100,000 people.

Further note: violent crime in the US as a whole is decreasing and most of the crimes in cities like St Louis are constrained to only a few neighborhoods.



venezuelaSource: reddit, wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marcha_hacia_el_Palacio_de_Justicia_de_Maracaibo_-_Venezuela_06.jpg

If there is one place in Latin America that you should avoid, this is it. 3 of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the world are located here – Caracas (#1), Maturin (#5), and Valencia (#7). Furthermore, thanks to Hugo Chavez’s populist policies, Venezuela is one of the most unstable countries in the Americas both politically and economically.

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