Four Tourist Destinations You Thought Were Safe

by Jules on July 24, 2013

Here’s what the holiday brochures don’t tell you: some of the most dangerous places in the world are actually thriving tourist destinations. For some people, holidaying in these locations will be an exciting adventure. After all, everything will probably run smoothly and you’ll have a great time, the threat just adds to the excitement for some. So, if you’re willing to take the risk, here are some of the world’s most dangerous (but amazing) places to holiday.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is well-known for its crime rate, and the divide between the rich and poor in the city has created a volatile socioeconomic climate. Most crimes revolve around theft, with poverty being the motive, but if you’re willing to take the risk, just ensure you have your wits about you. Your reward will be witnessing Table Mountain (now considered one of the New7Wonders of Nature) in the flesh, which almost seems to rise out of the sea, as well as visiting the cosmopolitan, vibrant city centre.

Taipei, Taiwan

It’s not a deathly crime rate or a poor socioeconomic climate that makes Taiwan one of the most dangerous places to visit on holiday. Instead, it’s natural disasters. A massive 70% of the island is prone to at least three different types of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, typhoons and landslides. So, if you’re a daredevil and like to live life on the edge, this could be the destination for you.


Australia is often considered to be the ultimate holiday destination. The hot climate, beautiful beaches and laidback lifestyle make it particularly alluring for tourists, but what many forget is that Australia is actually home to some of the world’s deadliest wildlife. Killer animals don’t just live in the outback as some might imagine, they’re in the sea, on beaches and even in residents’ back gardens. For an idea of what terrors you might find down under, take a look at this article.


Four out of the 25 most popular tourist destinations in the whole of South America are located in Colombia. This might seem surprising once you learn that on an average day, there are 87 murders committed in the country and every year 2,300 tourists are kidnapped.

If adventurous holidays are your thing, explore your options on the Encounters Travel website where you’re bound to find a suitably adrenaline-inducing trip.

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