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7 Riskiest Travel Destinations                                  readersdigest.ca

Narcotics-related violence, gang warfare, pickpockets, killer wildlife and crazy tides: some trips carry more inherent risks than others. Here are seven risky regions that won't be "easy" vacations per se, but may just rock your world (in a good way)!

7. Honduras: Sand, sun and crime  洪都拉斯~阳光与罪恶

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What could possibly go wrong? Um, potentially a lot ... An October 2011 United Nations report ranked Honduras as having the world's highest per capita murder rate: 82.1 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants . (By comparison, Canada's is 1.85 victims per 100,000, and the United States' is 5.69). Earlier this year, the U.S. Peace Corps pulled its volunteers amid safety concerns.

How to stay safe(r): Although most murders are drug- and gang-related, tourists have fallen prey to opportunistic robbery, assault, sexual assault and carjacking. Most crime occurs on the mainland, although the Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila have seen an uptick too. A little bit of precaution goes a long way, says Julie Shigetomi, ex-Torontonian and co-owner of Utila's Alton's Dive Center. 'The criminal element normally stays away from tourists. But be careful, the same way you would in any large city,' she says.

·        Don't flash jewelry, cellphones, watches or wallets.

·        'Don't hike alone in remote areas. Explore in a group,' says Shigetomi.

·        'If you have to travel across the mainland, fly, rather than travelling by bus,' says Shigetomi. Avoid San Pedro Sula, which in 2011 had the highest murder rate in the world, altogether.

·        The U.S. Department of State recommends avoiding political demonstrations, economy buses, walking alone at night, and driving without locked car doors and closed windows.

Why you should consider packing your bags anyway: From gorgeous reefs to verdant rainforest and ancient Mayan ruins, Honduras has everything soft-adventure travellers desire. (Imagine Costa Rica, only quieter and cheaper.) Roatan and Utila are two of the world's top scuba destinations. 'If you're flying right into Roatan and staying on a resort, I wouldn't hesitate to say you're totally safe. And Utila? It's in no way as dangerous as Cuba or the Dominican Republic,' says Shigetomi, who has lived there for over a decade.

6. Thailand: Terrorists, killer jellies and riptide 泰国~恐怖分子、毒品、暗涌

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What could possibly go wrong? Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has identified civil unrest, border disputes and religious violence, as making certain regions of Thailand unsafe for tourism. Earlier this year, three terrorist bombs injured a handful of people in Bangkok. Meanwhile, poisonous box jellies and irukandji jellyfish have killed swimmers. Trendy Phuket, Krabi, Koh Pha-ngan, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi are particular hot spots. (Also look out for the riptides: weak or unsuspecting swimmers can be dragged out to sea.) Female travellers have been sexually assaulted and robbed — after being drugged via drinks, cigarettes, food, or even gum — during full-moon parties in Koh Pha-ngan.

How to stay safe(r):

·        Avoid Thailand/Cambodia and Thailand/Burma border regions.

·        Avoid the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkia (including Hat Yai city). Since 2004, 4,700 people have been killed in these areas, many of whom were foreign travellers.

·        Ask locals where it's safe to swim. Don't enter the water on red-flagged beaches.

·        Don't leave drinks or food unattended in bars and restaurants, and don't accept beverages you haven't ordered for yourself. Consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's In Her Own Way travel guide for more travel safety tips.

Why you should consider packing your bags anyway: World-class beaches, awe-inspiring temples, mouthwatering cuisine, cool night markets, amazing opportunities to volunteer with rescue elephants, historic cities, and really welcoming, friendly locals (it's known as the Land of Smiles), after all!

5. Mexico: Where tourists can become collateral damage 墨西哥~武装冲突事件

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What could possibly go wrong? Mexico's northern border regions are in the midst of a bloody narcotics and arms trafficking war that has seen 47,515 people killed between late-2006 and mid-2011 — including innocent bystanders. Although travellers aren't targeted per se, the US Department of State reports 120 American visitors were killed in 2011.

How to stay safe(r): Educate yourself, says Ed Daly of iJet International.

·        Avoid becoming collatoral damage by staying out of northern border regions like Ciudad Juarez, Monterrey, Mazatlan or Guadalajara. Pass on Veracruz and Acapulco, too: 'They're too iffy,' says Ed Daly, director of watch operations for iJet International, an operational risks management firm. (They're the ones who help keep global CEOs and employees safe in dangerous regions like the ones on our list.)

·        Where can you go? 'The Yucatan peninsula continues to be among Mexico's safest regions. This includes the famous beaches of the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. It also includes the towns of Campeche and Merida. From these beach towns, one can safely do day trips to various Mayan ruins, including Tulum, Uxmal and Chichen Itza,' says Daly.

·        On the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas are safe destinations.

·        Want to hit Mexico City? You can, with a few caveats. 'Stick to upscale Polanco [a group of seven neighbourhoods in Mexico City] and follow basic rules of thumb: have airport pick-up arranged before arrival and only use taxis from your hotel,' says Daly.

Why you should consider packing your bags anyway: With 1.5 million Canadian tourists per year, Mexico remains a top warm-weather destination. There's still lots to love, from the casual luxe of Los Cabos to the tranquil beaches and ruins of the Mayan Riviera, just a few of the country's most beautiful low-crime regions.

4. South Africa: Crime and shark attacks galore 南非~多发性的犯罪、鲨鱼

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What could possibly go wrong? According to Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canadians need to exercise a high level of caution when visiting South Africa, due to violent crime directed at tourists. Muggings take place on the street or even in shopping malls. Armed robberies are sometimes perpetrated by crooks impersonating police. Sexual assault is common.

'The problem is worst in major urban areas, particularly in the townships around Johannesburg, Tshwane [Pretoria], Cape Town and Durban. Crimes vary a bit by area, but murder, armed robbery, sexual assault, carjacking, and other violent crimes do pose a real threat throughout the country,' says Ed Daly, of iJet.

Other dangers to tourists include aggressive baboons, and, in the False Bay area of the Western Cape, great white shark attacks.

How to stay safe(r):

·        'Most crimes are crimes of opportunity, so avoid making yourself vulnerable. If you are a lone pedestrian with a cellular phone, purse shopping bags or other valuables, you are an attractive target for snatch thefts or muggings,' says Daly.

·        'Be especially careful around commercial centres, transport hubs, prominent nightspots and other crowded locations,' says Daly.

·        Although it may run counter to your Good Samaritan tendencies, get help, rather than helping. 'Criminals may use a variety of ruses, including pretending to need assistance. Stay alert in these situations, and contact the police rather than becoming involved,' says Daly.

·        Are you being mugged? Hand over your valuables. 'Criminals in South Africa tend to be armed,' says Daly.

·        'Women should not travel alone,' says Daly. And no tourist should ever take a walk at night, even on a short stroll.

·        'Rely on trusted locals to arrange transportation and provide guidance. It's almost always better to travel with a local — friends, family or a pre-arranged service — than to travel alone,' says Daly.

·        As for game park safety, travel with a guided group tour. Follow your guide's instructions!

·        Avoid shark attacks by heeding beach closures and warning flags.

Why you should consider packing your bags anyway: Going on safari at Kruger National Park is a bucket-list contender. Surfing the famous right point break at Jeffrey's Bay is another. Johannesburg is an up-and-coming urban destination thanks to its vibrant gallery, music, design and shopping scene. And regional culinary, coffee and wine tours will delight jetsetting foodies.

3. Barcelona, Spain: Pickpocket central 西班牙 巴赛隆拿~抓窃中心

风险最高的七个旅游目的地 - -allen-同学 - 活在过去 

What could possibly go wrong? One minute you're strolling along Las Ramblas, people-watching and soaking in the vibrant city-scene. But when you stop in a café for a drink, you reach for your wallet to find it gone without a trace — after all you're in Barcelona, Pickpocket Capital of the World.

How to stay safe(r):

·        Blend in with the locals. 'The Spanish, in general — and the Catalans, in particular — tend to dress well. Dressing like a backpacker marks you as a tourist, and tourists are targets for petty thieves. Avoid wearing shorts and sandals or flip-flops. Stick with pants and shoes; jeans and sneakers are fine. In fact, jeans, skirts below the knee, and a stylish shoe are timelessly hip in Barcelona,' says iJet's Daly.

·        Don't hang your coat or purse off the back of your restaurant chair, or put them on the floor beside you. Keep them on your lap or right between your feet.

·        'Minimize the risk of losing important documents by carrying copies and leaving the originals in your hotel safe' says Daly. Don't carry all your cash and credit cards in one wallet or pocket: diversify your stash in other pockets and/or a hidden money belt.

Why you should consider packing your bags anyway: C'mon: it's a sexy, urbane cultural capital. With a thriving arts and culture scene, nightlife, and incredible architecture from Gothic to Art Nouveau, to modern masterpieces by Antoni Gaudi and Mies van der Rohe, it's worth geeking out for, hidden money belt and all.

2. Chernobyl: The world's premiere 'toxic tourism' destination 乌克兰 切尔诺贝利~剧毒之旅

风险最高的七个旅游目的地 - -allen-同学 - 活在过去 

What could possibly go wrong? A quarter century after the world's biggest nuclear power plant disaster (30 workers died, and as many as 4,000 people are expected to eventually die as a result of radiation from the 1986 leak), Ukraine has opened Chernobyl to tourism. Day tours of Chernobyl and its surrounding ghost town, Pripyat, north of Kiev, are led by guides toting Geiger counters since radiation is still above normal levels.

How to stay safe(r):

·        Follow your guide and move along when told to. Those Geiger counters they're carrying about? They're because this place is still 'hot.'

·        Don't touch structures or vegetation.

·        Don't eat or smoke in the zone.

·        Don't take any 'souvenirs.' (Dude: they're radioactive!)

·        Don't wander from the tour group: from wolf packs to giant wild boar and three metre long/200 kg catfish, nature, 'untamed and radioactive,' has come back with a vengeance in this post-Apocalyptic region.

Why you should consider packing your bags anyway: Chernobyl tourism brings money into the local economy, and provides a historical and cultural context for the nuclear tragedy and its aftermath. Expect unusual photo opps too, ranging from the ghost town with its abandoned buildings, homes and ferris wheel; to giant catfish; a red forest (where evergreens changed shades due to genetic mutations); and a quick stop to the tragedy's ground zero: Reactor #4.

1. Australia: If the crocs don't get you, the seashells might 澳洲~逃过大鳄还得注意海贝

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What could possibly go wrong? Oz claims a disproportionate number of animal dangers, ranging from man-eating sharks to man- and shark-eating saltwater crocodiles. Not to mention poisonous jellyfish, and toxic stinger-boasting cone snails. On land, make sure you don't share your swag (sleeping bag) with poisonous spiders.

How to stay safe(r): Here are some safety tips from SugarBag Safaris owner Hamish Clark, of Humpty Doo, Australia, who has 15 years of experience guiding travellers through Kakadu National Park and the wilds outside Australia's northernmost city, Darwin. (He hasn't lost a tourist yet!)

·        Avoid a crocodile attack by heeding croc-warning signs. 'And keep away from the edge of rivers, creeks, billabongs and the ocean. Remember: even if there's no sign, it doesn't mean there isn't a risk of attack,' says Clark. 'Salties' thrive in freshwater rivers, streams, billabongs and even 'very small water holes,' too, BTW.

·        Cut your risk of spider bites by shaking out clothes, shoes and sleeping bags before putting them on (or getting in). 'Also, don't put your hands into holes or logs. [Venomous] redback spiders like to hang around in outdoor toilets, particularly under the seats,' so look before you sit, says Clark.

·        There's only one way to stay 100 per cent safe from jellies, and that's by 'staying out of the ocean,' says Clark. If you must go in, wear a rash guard or wetsuit. Look where you walk, wear water shoes, and shuffle in shallow water to avoid stepping on another toxic terror: the spiky and poisonous stonefish.

·        Avoid venomous blue ring octopuses and cone snails by not touching seaside wildlife or abandoned bottles or cans (which blue ring octopus often hide in).

Why you should consider packing your bags anyway: Where else are you going to swim beneath a 200-metre waterfall, wander through sandstone canyons bedecked in ancient Aboriginal rock art, and go on a wetlands tour where you can spot saltwater crocs, Jabirus, storks and sea eagles? And that's just on one of Sugarbag Safari's multi-day tours. Stellar surfing, scuba diving (Great Barrier Reef!), hiking, even camel racing — not to mention Sydney's shopping and culinary scene — make a top-to-bottom tour of Australia an obvious bucket-list must.

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