Have you been slipping into bed without a care in the world? Isn’t our planet a relatively safe and secure place? No, not really. There are a lot of hazardous areas in the world. We have everything, from war-torn places to disaster-prone countries to enigmatic and frightening lands. We have scoured the earth, everywhere from New islands to new jersey, to bring you this list of the most dangerous places on the planet. But before we get started, we wanted to clarify our interpretation of danger. Because, of course, danger could be crossing a busy freeway! However, for this list, we have defined it as areas of the world that can put you at risk. Some places on the list are dangerous because of the animals that live there, some because of the environment, and others are dangerous due to high crime rates and war.
- Death Valley, USA – Death Valley, as the name implies, is one of the most foreboding regions in the world. Between Nevada and California, Death Valley is the lowest location in North America, also known as a land of extremes. The valley recorded the hottest temperature on our planet, 134 °F (56.7 °C). Terrain with eroded hills, craters, uncommon species of fish, the darkest night skies, and much more makes it one of the world’s most challenging tourist attractions.
- Ilha da Queimada Grande, Brazil – There is an island about 25 miles off Brazil’s coast where no local would ever dare to walk. According to legend, the last fisherman who got too close to his shores was discovered drifting in his boat days later. The mystery island is called Ilha da Queimada Grande. It is reputedly so deadly that the Brazilian government has made visiting it illegal. Golden lancehead snakes, a pit viper species, and one of the world’s most deadly serpents threaten the island. This is, without a doubt, one of the most dangerous places on the planet.
- Helmond, Afghanistan – For the fifth year in a row, Afghanistan is the most dangerous country in the world. Afghanistan, a war-torn country that has been mired in war, revolution, and civil strife for decades, has the highest number of deaths from war and terrorism of any country in the world—a significant achievement, given that Russia and Ukraine were at war for several months while the data was being collected.
- Danakil Desert, Ethiopia – The Danakil Desert, which lies on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, is also deadly due to its extreme heat. Although it is not quite as scorching as Death Valley, the Danakil Desert will still reach over 131 °F. The high temperatures are partly caused by geothermal activity in the area, which is also responsible for acid and toxic gas lakes. The desert is a popular tourist attraction, but visitors should always remain with guides.
- Maceio, Brazil – Everything seemed normal when I initially viewed photographs of this city. The city offers gorgeous blue sand beaches and sophisticated architecture. A closer inspection, however, revealed the actual threat. The city has become one of South America’s most hazardous. Away from the beaches, the city is blighted by slums and drug-related crime. No, wonder they name it the murder hub. This is one place I would leave off my trip bucket list.
- Tijuana, Mexico – Tijuana is one of the world’s deadliest cities, with 138 killings per 100,000 residents. Every day, over seven individuals are slaughtered in this city. This city is well-known for its poverty and violent crime, including homicides and kidnappings. Human trafficking and drug sales by various gangs are the leading causes of this violence. Another source of conflict is the rivalry between the Sinaloa and Tijuana cartels.
- Fraser Island, Australia – Despite its many lovely beaches with white sand and crystal clear waters, Fraser Island is hazardous. Deadly spiders and dangerous wild dingo dogs live on lonely beaches. At the same time, sharks and venomous jellyfish lurk in the sea.
The world is filled with dangerous locations, from Death Valley to Snake Island. While some of these locations may appear difficult or dangerous to visit, this is frequently part of their charm. These risky locales can provide some of the most rewarding and unforgettable experiences for those prepared to take risks. Therefore, if you’re ready for some adventure and willing to take some risks, grab your hiking boots and sense of adventure and set out on the experience of a lifetime. Just remember to be cautious and always heed local experts’ advice. After all, they are the most familiar with these hazardous locations.