5 dangerous but travel-worthy cities in the world
In every corner of the world, there is impending danger. Even the safest cities can sometimes be hit by either disaster or crime.
Not all cities are as harmonious as they are in pictures and postcards. Some of them actually have open secrets such as gang wars or illegal activities such as drug and sex trafficking.
Travel at your own risk with these five dangerous but travel-worthy cities in the world. Note that these are all based on news headlines and oral accounts.
- Tijuana, Mexico
You probably heard of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. Despite the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel already being extradited to the United States, cartel activities have become more rampant with the imprisonment of Mexico’s second most powerful man.
Sinaloa has seen better days but Tijuana still remains to be rather less friendly. Its proximity to the United States border makes it prone to shady activities under the noses of national defense.
Despite the Tequilla, Tacos, Burritos, and nice beaches, kidnappings, robberies, and carjackings still occur on top of drug-related activites.
Mexican authorities do a good job making sure resort areas safe for tourists as a huge number pours in on a daily basis.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ever seen the movie Turistas? That should be your preview that Brazil’s white sand beaches and striking rainforests are just a front of tensions that happen in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Walking in the steep alleyways of the favelas poses a different threat for every corner. Although residents have a familiarity with one another, the place can be extremely hostile for an outsider.
Buy-and-bust operations happen there on a regular so you might want to prepare to duck at any time when you are there.
- Moscow, Russia
There is something about the frigid Siberian climate that lures tourists to visit Russia. Despite the stiff stereotyping of the world’s largest country, travelers seem to have a fixation for its varying landscapes, and iconic architecture.
The country’s capital of Moscow isn’t as safe as it looks on pictures. The tourist-filled city’s rate when it comes to hate crimes have increased through the years.
Race and ethnicity still have to shed blood in order to survive in some parts of the city. Its stand on the LGBTQ community is another thing.
Conscious travelers avoid taking their cause to this city even though pride marches and same-sex relationships aren’t illegal there.
- Manila, Philippines
The Philippines pride themselves of being hospitable. Though it may be true to some extent, some Filipinos tend to be treacherous and swindling.
Travelers come to the Philippines to cheat on it’s very feasible Dollar-Peso exchange rate. It allows them to live a very luxurious life for an extended period of time.
A lot of illegal activities happen in the country’s capital of Manila. There is a huge chance you end up as collateral damage in one of the many violent crimes that happen in the narrower streets.
A friendly tip when in Manila: Always have a tight grasp on your belongings.
- Caracas, Venezuela
Another one of those currency hack destinations is the Caribbean, particularly Venezuela. The country’s front are incredible landscapes, a clear blue coastline, and beautiful supermodel-type women.
Beneath all that’s beautiful is the country’s capital of Caracas. Petty crimes might pale in comparison to the murders that occur there.
Venezuela has the second-highest murder rate in the world but it doesn’t seem to scare tourists who want to hop around Caribbean nations.
Travelers often bring minimal valuables and cash whilst only hiring trusted services when going to Venezuela.