Traveling is a great opportunity of discovering new people and amazing places, but it does come with a series of risks that need to be assessed before you leave your comfortable and safe home.

For today’s article, we have prepared a list of five of the most dangerous cities in the world today. You might want to steer clear of these destinations if you want to travel alone, or if you have little to no experience when it comes to traveling abroad.

Here’s what you should know about these locations. One thing we do have to make clear, though, and it’s that we haven’t showcased these cities in any particular order. So, number 1 isn’t the most dangerous one.

 

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa is a great destination for frequent and less frequent travelers. The country is filled with excellent sights, and most of the locals are friendly. However, what you definitely need to know about Cape Town is that it has about 65 homicides per every 100,000 residents.

Both the social unrest and the poverty make this destination highly dangerous for someone who doesn’t know the way around things. The high crime rate, as well as the fact that traveling alone at night is not recommended, might make this location unsuitable for your next adventure. It’s not like you could merely grab your LED flashlight and light your way through highly risky neighborhoods.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is a country of contrasts. From the very poor to the very rich, this country is where the famous Carnival happens every year, usually in the month of March. Unfortunately and similarly to Cape Town, which we’ve mentioned previously, this town also has a very high crime rate, especially in some areas.

Nevertheless, Rio is one of the most popular destinations in Brazil. Nowadays, it is a lot safer compared to how it used to be just one decade ago, but in some areas, street crimes are still more or less common. Common sense is the best way of making sure you remain safe all the time, so we suggest you avoid any dangerous neighborhoods if you’re resolute about going to Rio.

 

Acapulco, Mexico

In case you didn’t know, the U.S. State Department recommends against traveling to Mexico. Why’s that? There have been many cases where Americans were kidnapped and held for ransom from their families, and some of these situations were dramatic and even lethal.

Of course, Acapulco is a resort so it is very tempting in this respect, due to its breathtaking sights and the amazing activities you could engage in while you’re there. Unfortunately, drug violence is common even if the destination is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. It has a crime rate of 142 homicides per every 100,000 residents.

 

Karachi, Pakistan

Unless you are a journalist whose job is to investigate cases located in high-risk areas, we would recommend avoiding this city, and even Pakistan altogether. It’s filled with crime and political unrest, and terrorism is a common occurrence.

Gang warfare, suicide bombings, as well as assassinations are other crimes that happen somewhat regularly here. Because of all of these dangers, tourists are advised to avoid this location entirely.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

This city has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Apparently, every year, 169 people are killed in San Pedro Sula out of 100,000 individuals. Illegal firearms can be found all throughout the city, making it highly risky.

 

Final tips

If you do have to travel to a place where you know you might get into some kind of trouble, it won’t hurt if you took some safety precautions. Always carry your valuables in a subtle way and avoid using your very expensive phone to take pictures of tourist attractions, especially in busy areas.

It wouldn’t be a great idea to travel to Kabul without a companion, so if you can take a friend with you, it would certainly put your mind at ease. Before you leave for a risky destination, make sure to do your research and find out just what city areas you’re supposed to avoid. Check the Internet to find out where the U.S. consulate or embassy are located so that you know where you should go if you want to find a safe haven in case you’re followed or in danger.