Where not to go in El Salvador

 

If you plan on visiting South America, you’re going to need a lot more than just money and a passport. You’ll have to take your time to understand the culture and civilization of each country, while also paying attention to potential dangerous areas.

And, while Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina are definitely on every tourist’s list, there are plenty of hidden gems in South America that would make great vacation destinations. El Salvador is one of these countries that has a specific charm. It is the home of around 6,5 million people and is known for its beautiful landscapes.

Agriculture and tourism dominate the country’s economy that has mainly developed in the past 30-40 years. However, although it ranks amongst the first states with the highest industrialization rate, El Salvador continues to deal with high crime rates, inequality, and poverty.

And, as much as we would love discovering new places with just a tourist map and the right facial moisturizer to prevent sun rays from harming our skin, the country is filled with cities that should be avoided by foreigners. Here are some of them.

 

San Salvador

If you had to ask the locals what the safest places to stay and travel to in El Salvador are, none of them would pick the country’s capital, San Salvador. Despite being the largest city and the home of all local institutions, San Salvador is by no means a safe place to travel, especially if you are alone or a woman.

The capital is the headquarters of street gangs and has an alarming crime rate of about 14 deaths per 100,000 people. This city is beautiful and maintains something of the classic charm of a former colony.

However, if safety is amongst your concerns, you should probably stick to the cities along the Ruta de Los Flores or “The Route of Flowers,” inside the country, and not spend too much time in the capital of El Salvador.

La Libertad

Another important tourist attraction in El Salvador, this city has nearly 36,000 inhabitants. The main points of attraction remain the city’s national park, the fish restaurants, and the beautiful beaches. It is also known as one of the best spots for surfing in the country.

But, as mesmerized as you might be by the place’s beauty, staying safe in La Libertad should be your number one concern. Although the crime rate has decreased in the area in the past few years, as a traveler, you need to pay attention to pickpockets and gang members.

To stay safe in this city, you need to follow some basic ground rules for all tourists – don’t use the public transportation at night, choose taxis instead, don’t wear expensive jewelry or display your possessions in public. You should avoid hanging out in locations that seem abandoned and should never rent a luxurious car.  

San Miguel

Although the city is small, there are still numerous dangers lurking around every corner. Some of the neighborhoods are filled with gang graffitis and, while the locals are still very friendly, you wouldn’t want to spend your night wandering on the streets of San Miguel.

Most gang members are involved in non-violent crimes like mugging and stealing, so you should avoid displaying your brand new designer aviator sunglasses or DSLR camera. In fact, it would be best to avoid the city or just go for a walk during midday.

 

 

5 places to avoid in Tucson

 

Traveling is great. But as soon as you get to a place that you have never been to, you definitely have to take care. It may look like a great city, you may be fascinated, but never forget that even your hometown has places that need to be avoided. If you ever happen to be in Tucson, you have to be informed about the areas that can be dangerous for you, especially at night.

It may seem that Tucson is a very good place to live due to its economy and developments. However, beneath these positive things, there are some neighborhoods that may be a threat to you.

  1. Southern part

It is very important for you to know that you should avoid the southern part of the town, especially at night. You can go there when the sun is still in the sky, but as soon as it starts to darken, make sure you are far from this area. Shootings happen regularly here, and drugs are sold.

It is better for you to stay in a hotel in the north of downtown, it is a safe place, and you can have night walks there.

 

  1. I-10 East Corridor

There are a lot of inexpensive hotels along the I-10 corridor. This place is known for the property crimes that happen here. If you happen to be in the area, do not ever leave your car running and always lock your bike, because you will definitely be left without it.

At first sight, this area may look entertaining, since you may see people listening to music on a boombox or even dancing in the street. But not everything is as it seems to be. 41 violent crimes and 903 property crimes have been reported over time. This area starts with Valencia road and ends with E. Benson Highway.

 

  1. Stone Avenue to Limberlost Drive

This area is the best-known place in Tucson where violent crimes happen. Over time, there have been reported 149 accidents and 1263 property crimes. The likelihood of you becoming a victim in this neighborhood is high, so it is better to avoid walking these streets.

  1. San Ignacio Yaqui

San Ignacio Yaqui is another neighborhood in Tucson that you might want to avoid. Recently, there have been registered over 200 cases of assault and over 1500 cases of theft. Moreover, there have been reported both murder and rape cases in the area, so you’d better watch out.

The median income is $17,821. Most of the houses in this area are available for rent. This is important for you to know if you are looking for a place to stay for some days or even live in. You may be attracted by the low price, but do not ever save money on this. Better pay a higher price for a safe place, than get a cheap apartment and get no sleep because of fear.  

 

  1. E. 22nd Street to E. 36th Street

The area between these streets is characterized as being an urban community, but a number of 88 violent crimes and 659 property crimes have been reported. It may sound like a good neighborhood at first since there are many families with children living here. But, according to most data, these streets are not as safe as they look. You should especially pay great attention to Barrio Centro and Country Club Park.

Maybe it would be a good idea to find someone who has been living in Tucson for the past years. Local people know the areas that are dangerous, and they may help you in this situation. We would also recommend you to visit everything you want to visit by daytime and just relax at home after the sunset. We are pretty sure you do not want your holiday to be ruined if you are on a vacation in Tucson.

 

Top 5 places to avoid in Northern Ireland

 

Northern Ireland remains one of the most fascinating places on earth with its beautiful castles, breathtaking landscapes, and tales of knights and princesses. There are also the famous leprechauns that might hide a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but you shouldn’t hold your breath until finding one. But, even though it is considered a safe destination, Northern Ireland still comes with its dodgy places that should be avoided by tourists. Here are the top 5:

 

The main train stations in Belfast

Just like all other destinations in the world, the main train stations in these cities remain the places where you are most likely to lose your wallet or belongings. Keep in mind that train stations in Northern Ireland don’t have a special room where you can safely deposit your luggage, so you should carry it with you anywhere you go.

Stay away from pickpockets who will easily steal your dual screen portable DVD player, smartphone, wallet or laptop.

On the bright side, there are plenty of police officers and locals willing to help you find your way, so asking for help and directions shouldn’t be a problem, as long as you can understand the local accent.

 

 

Dodgy pubs after 10 p.m.

Irish people are known for their affinity to alcohol but don’t expect to run into trouble at each corner. Most pubs and restaurants are safe throughout the day and night, with some restrictions. If you’re a tourist, you should avoid the outskirts of the big cities like Belfast, as well as their bars.

A safer choice would be to stick to those in the old town or the center of the cities. These are usually frequented by police officers specifically to keep away troublemakers. However, you should be safe in almost all local pubs, cafes, and restaurants, as long as you mind your own business.

 

Shankill neighborhood in Belfast

Shankill is the name of both a region outside Dublin and a famous area in Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast. Both Shankill communities are known to be Catholic. The district in Belfast is also a center of loyalist paramilitaries, so you should pay more attention than in other places.

You should stick to neutral clothing and avoid any obvious displays of the Irish flag or the Union Jack to prevent conflicts. Although the neighborhood is safer now than it used to be twenty, thirty years ago, you should still be cautious.

 

 

The Falls

This region is separated by Shankill by the so-called “peace lines” which are tall walls with barbed wire. Before the ceasefire, it wasn’t a good idea to instigate one of the two parts of Belfast with religious or political signs.

Again, even though things changed in the past few decades and people seem to have finally put their differences away, it would be best to refrain from separatist or religious remarks.

You can easily recognize the neighborhood you are in by the graffiti on the walls. The Catholic neighborhoods (including Shankill) will have public displays of the IRA, INLA, and FTQ symbols, while the Protestant neighborhood (The Falls) will usually display the Union Jack flag, and the UDA, RHC, and UVF symbols.

 

IRA concerns

Although all the six counties of the country (Antrim, Down, Armagh, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone) are still depicted as conflicted areas in the media, the truth is that things have changed for the better.

There is still “sectarian” violence occasionally between the Catholics and the Protestants, but these internal feuds are usually far from the public eyes and the tourist zones.

The infamous terrorist group Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) is still active in the country, but its goals are mainly symbolic. Their modus operandi doesn’t include terrorist attacks on tourists or civilians.

 

 

Top 5 dangerous places in Florida

 

If you’re planning a trip to Florida either because you’ve never been or you’re considering retiring there in the upcoming years, it might be a good idea to make a list of places you can go to and those you should avoid. Even if the United States is generally considered a somewhat safe place, there are cities or areas you should steer clear of, and some of them are located in the great state of Florida.

While we don’t advise you to check out these destinations, we would like to make it clear that we don’t have anything against them or the people who live there. However, they might not make the best choice for those who travel alone, are women, or know little to nothing with regard to what they’re supposed to avoid in these parts.

 

Daytona Beach

Despite its incredible sights, this city scores as one of the most dangerous ones in Florida and the whole of the United States of America. It’s got an appalling crime rate and violent ones are more or less frequent. In fact, one in every three crimes is violent in this location.

On top of everything, Daytona Beach has an annual crime rate of 76 cases out of 1000 people, so it appears that it’s less safe than 98% of all other cities in the United States right now.

Palatka

There are two main reasons you could consider going to Palatka, and they are the fact that here’s where the Florida Azalea Festival takes place annually and the town has a somewhat small population of just 10,000 individuals. If you think that this low number is what makes it safe, you’re mistaken, though.

It has practically no social life at all, but what makes it risky is that every year over 600 crimes are reported despite the 10,000 residents living their life in the town. 58 crimes per 1,000 people is a lot, so it’s only safer than roughly 4% of the country. If you’re wondering about the high crime rate, it might be useful for you to know that Palatka has one of the highest unemployment rates in the States and it is higher than the national average.

 

Immokalee

This is another small city you might want to avoid. The poverty in the area is what drives people to crime, and even though violent ones are less prevalent compared to other areas in Florida, you might get mugged or threatened if you decide that visiting Immokalee is a risk you might want to take.

Eighty-five percent of those who live here do not speak English, which is another reason for the heavy unemployment issue. Teenage pregnancy and delinquency are common in this town, and that’s because a third of its whole population is aged under 18. Besides, only 3 to 4% of those who live in Immokalee have a bachelor’s degree.

Fort Pierce

Based on the number of reported crimes that we came across, it appears that the likelihood of you becoming a victim of one in this city is 1 to 17. While it might be less violent compared to other Florida destinations, there are several issues that the town should have to address in order for it to become an attractive tourist location.

For one, only 13% of those aged twenty-five or older have a Bachelor’s degree. At the time this article was written, there was no company owned by Asians or African Americans in the area, which should give you a pointer as to what other issues the city might be suffering from.

 

Miami Beach

Probably the most dangerous place in the entirety of Florida, Miami Beach certainly doesn’t seem risky at all if you were to consider its breathtaking views. But the fact of the matter is that both the rape rate and the violent crime rates here are more than double the national average.

Both property crime and thefts are more than three times the value of the national average. So if you want to travel to Miami Beach all by yourself and you’re carrying your valuables with you, you’d better think again. If you do have friends living there, you could hit them up so that they go along on your quests. You might even want to enjoy yourself on a griddler party in their company, who knows?

 

5 places to avoid in Naples, Italy

 

Italy is one of the most romantic destinations in the world and has a wide variety of tourist attractions. Verona, Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence or Naples are just some of the highly popular cities that attract millions of tourists each year. And, while each has its own charm, if you truly want to experience the Italian life as it used to be, a walk down memory lane in Naples is everything you need.

However, this city was also voted as one of the most insecure in the country, and it comes as no surprise since it’s the traditional home of mobs and mafiosos. So, if you want to discover the wonders of this city and enjoy heavenly dishes safely, this is the ultimate guide for you.

  1. Garibaldi Central Station

Rome has the Termini Central Station, Paris has Gare du Nord, and Naples has Garibaldi.

You will find numerous cheap hotels and places to stay around the Garibaldi Central Station but also a lot of pickpockets and shady people. It can be somewhat safe during the daytime, but you should still walk carefully and with your eyes wide open to avoid a bitter encounter with con artists and thieves.

 

  1. Quartieri Spagnoli

The Spanish Quarters is one of those places in Naples everyone knows about. You will hear the true Neapolitan language in the narrow streets of this neighborhood, and it is nothing like the classic Italian you are used to.

The place dates back to the 16th century when it was built to house Spanish garrisons, but it soon became an infamous quarter with a high criminality rate. Its reputation precedes it to the day. It still suffers from high unemployment and is strongly linked to the Camorra.

 

  1. Piazza del Municipio

One of the highly popular tourist attractions of the city, Piazza del Municipio was built nearly 500 years ago and is surrounded by important historical buildings like Nuovo Castle, San Giacomo Castle, and the San Giacomo degli Spagnoli basilica.

Here you will find reminiscences of the authentic Roman architecture, combined with luxurious gardens, and many places to capture Naples’ true spirit. But, just like with many of the city’s attractions, the key is to blend in and do what locals do.

Avoid wearing fancy clothes or flashing jewelry as you’ll become an easy target for thieves and pickpockets.

The place is crowded with small cafes and family restaurants perfect for a quick lunch. You can also choose to enter one of the many gift shops on these streets but don’t get out with more than a simple travel mug and a magnet if you don’t want to show that you are a tourist.

  1. Narrow streets at night

As unbelievable as it may sound, there are many other cities more dangerous than Naples. Rio de Janeiro, Kansas City, Houston or Manila are just some of the places that rank higher than Naples when it comes to the crime rate. However, this doesn’t mean that you should walk around the city at night without a care in the world.

If you plan on enjoying a romantic night walk in this Italian city, it would be best to stay in the safe zone. Walk on crowded alleys and stay away from infamous neighborhoods or narrow streets.

 

  1. Circumvesuviana

Founded over 100 years ago, this railway company operates in the East of Naples’ metropolitan area and seems to be the root of many evils for tourists.

So, if you plan to visit places like Vesuvius, Pompeii or Sorrento, we suggest you choose the Campania Express train instead. Although a bit more expensive, this one is safer and will help you reach your destination faster. And if you truly insist on taking the Circumvesuviana, don’t hop in at the central railway station, Garibaldi.

 

 

Top 5 places to avoid in Barcelona

 

Although with a population of only 1.5 million people, Barcelona is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world, annually receiving over 8 million people from all continents. The exceptional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, the architectural wonders, the fascinating history or the famous FC Barcelona soccer team represent just the tip of the iceberg of this vivid city.

However, just like all other major cities, the capital of Catalonia is full of dodgy streets, sketchy bars, and questionable people. So, if you don’t want to let pickpockets, robbers or drug dealers destroy your vacation, here are some locations you should stay away from.

 

 

Las Ramblas/La Rambla after dark

The famous boulevard stretches from the Catalonia Plaza to the Mediterranean Sea and is a trendy destination for both locals and tourists. The beautiful beaches and the restaurants gather thousands of people every hour of the day and night. However, in the past few years, the destination became the crime scene of bloody terrorist attacks and not only.

The entire Ciutat Vella district, consisting of the famous streets of Las Ramblas, is known for its late night crime. The streets are packed with drug dealers, prostitutes, and robbers, so you should watch your steps. However, the area is quite safe in daylight due to the numerous open restaurants and cafes.

If you happen to wander on these streets after midnight, make sure you at least carry a LED flashlight with you or a pepper spray.

 

Barri Gotic or the Gothic quarter

On the other side of the Las Ramblas, the Gothic neighborhood is the home of various architectural beauties and places to visit. The Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, the Cathedral of Barcelona or the Plaça Reial are just some of the sites we encourage you to visit while in Barcelona.

The Carrier Ferran is packed with tourist shops where you can score good deals for souvenirs and local delights. You can also pay a visit to the famous Museu Picasso in the area that hosts some of the painter’s work or enjoy a traditional dinner at The Four Cats restaurant which was one of the favorite places for artists back in the day.

However, the Gothic quarter should be avoided after midnight as it remains the home of shady people and pickpockets.

 

 

Sagrada Familia

An architectural wonder and the symbol of Barcelona, the church of Sagrada Familia remains unfinished, even though the building started in 1882. The original project of the church is attributed to Antonio Gaudi, a famous architect who worked on it for over 40 years. His past 15 years of life were exclusively dedicated to the Sagrada Familia. Unfortunately, the building remains unfinished, and the currently estimated deadline is the year 2026.

Since we are talking about the most popular tourist attraction of the city, expect huge crowds, endless lines for tickets, as well as pickpockets, and robbers. Be extra careful when visiting this crowded area and keep all your belongings safe. We suggest avoiding wearing opulent jewelry that might attract robbers.

 

The metro

The public metro is the easiest way to move around Barcelona and visit as much as possible in your trip. It is extremely popular and affordable so most people, both tourists and locals, opt for it. However, the metro is not the safest place in the world since thieves and pickpockets also frequent it.

It would be a good idea to leave your jewelry and electronics in your hotel safe instead of flashing them in the metro. And, if you need a bag for your wallet and phone, purchase a fanny pack. They are stylish, trendy, and you won’t risk getting mugged.

 

Bars and restaurants in the center

Although the center of the city is packed with tourist attractions and countless bars and restaurants where you can drink the famous sangria, most of these places are very expensive. If you truly want to discover the laid-back lifestyle of people from Barcelona, take a walk in the port or go on narrower streets that are packed with hidden gems.

 

 

Where not to go in Mexico

 

For decades, Mexico has been a popular destination amongst Northern Americans fascinated by the beautiful beaches, the good beer, the ancient civilizations and, of course, the cheap prices. Nevertheless, Mexico remains a relatively safe country although there are numerous places you should avoid, especially if you’re a foreign tourist.

Although the country continues to be a top destination for Spring breaks and traditional bachelor parties, you shouldn’t get fooled by the promises. The crime rate is still high, especially in the country’s capital, Mexico City. The State Department even issued a “do not travel” warning for the American citizens to avoid these Mexican destinations.

 

Tijuana

Just south of California you’ll find the border city of Tijuana, one of the main tourist destinations for American citizens. It’s one of the closest Mexican cities to the American border so, in theory, it should be a safe zone. Unfortunately, this isn’t so as the city is a top destination mainly for drug cartels and drug dealers.

Although the crime rate has decreased in the past few years thanks to the continuous cooperation between the two countries, Tijuana remains a rather unsafe place. The war between rival drug cartels continues to scare people off, while the gruesome violence doesn’t show signs of ending anytime soon.

Ciudad Juárez

Just outside El Paso, Texas, the Mexican city of Juarez became the most dangerous city in the country in the past few years. There are no less than four international entry points connecting the two countries, so there’s plenty of space for drug dealers, cartels, and organized crime groups to operate.

Just ten years ago Juarez was declared the most violent city in the world, mainly due to the fight between rival drug cartels. The crime rate drastically diminished in the early 2010s, especially because the Sinaloa Cartel managed to defeat its enemy, the Juarez Cartel.

Nevertheless, the city remains one of the unsafest in the entire American continent, and it was credited as even more violent and dangerous than cities like Sao Paulo in Brazil or Bogota in Colombia.

 

Acapulco de Juarez

Commonly known as Acapulco, this Mexican city is a famous destination due to its astonishing beaches and breathtaking sunsets. It’s also one of the country’s oldest beach resorts, so it comes as no surprise that it still triggers the interest of American tourists.

Back in the 1950s, it used to be a glamorous destination and most A-list stars, including Elizabeth Taylor or John F. Kennedy Junior, spent plenty of time under the hot Mexican sun.

Unfortunately, the increasing crime rate and violence rate has drastically diminished the touristic potential of this area, turning Acapulco into a city that should be avoided. Beaches are left deserted, bars are shutting down, while the remaining touristic areas are constantly patrolled by police forces.

 

Los Cabos

Although many official statements from the Mexican government included Los Cabos in a list of the safest places to go in Mexico, recent data doesn’t support this affirmation. Furthermore, Los Cabos was listed as the city with the highest murder rate in the world in 2017, with over 365 homicides in the past year.

Los Cabos is also an extremely popular tourist destination due to its turquoise waters and endless beaches with fine sand. Unfortunately, it’s not safe to walk the streets of the city and many recent visitors have complained about the increasing number of robberies and other minor crimes, alongside violent crimes and notorious drug cartel fights.

La Paz

The capital of the state Baja California Sur, La Paz ranked as the sixth most dangerous city in the world in 2017. In fact, the entire region of Baja California Sur has experienced a massive increase in violence and crimes in the past year, including the previously mentioned Los Cabos.

La Paz remains a place where active crime scenes happen on a regular basis and these mainly imply the most powerful organized crime groups in the country. Unfortunately, the trend of rising criminality will maintain in the next few years, which will lead to devastating consequences on Mexico’s 20-billion dollar annual tourism business.  

 

 

5 places to avoid in Miami

 

Miami always seems like a fun idea thanks to its beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife. There are a million places to see and to do in a city like Miami, so if you’re planning a trip there anytime soon, you will not regret it.

However, just as with any other major tourist attraction in this world, Miami is not all milk and honey. And, although the crime rate seems to have dropped in the past few years, there are still plenty of dangerous places you should stay away from.

  1. Liberty City

If you’re a tourist looking for a bargain, the flea market in Liberty City may be the worst idea ever. There are plenty of theft and robbery reports around that place, and the entire neighborhood is unsafe unless you know your way around.

If you feel like living on the edge and testing your limits, you can take a short walk in Liberty City, as long as you try to blend in. This means avoiding flashing out your goods, including jewelry, expensive tech, and the latest GoPro accessories for traveling enthusiasts.

 

  1. Bayside Harbor

The place is perfect for people who want to rent boats and yachts or enjoy the nightlife this city has to offer. Unfortunately, where there is fun, there are also plenty of pickpockets, thieves, and robbers. We suggest avoiding this place as it is crowded with con artists and criminals who can easily spot out tourists.

Again, if you still consider visiting this part of Miami, be aware of all the dangers. Try to act like a local and keep your belongings with you at all times.

 

  1. Miami Beach

Miami Beach is to Miami what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, so not going there at least once is inconceivable. Up until recently, this famous part of the city was considered the most dangerous one.

This changed in the past few years thanks to the booming real estate market. Now, Miami Beach is full of luxury condos and high-end restaurants. Unfortunately, this place is not only frequented by tourists and businesspeople, but also by plenty of robbers, drug dealers, and criminals.

You can safely walk around the crowded streets in the daytime, but it would be better to play it safe at night. Don’t go out alone, especially if you are a girl, and never wear revealing clothes or flashy accessories. Women are the easiest targets so you might want to watch your back, especially if you plan on partying up until the morning.

  1. Overtown

Originally named the Colored Town, this neighborhood is on the no-list of locals. We let you figure out why it was called like that, considering that it was also the home of the largest African-American community of the city.

Although things have changed and the neighborhood has started growing, there is no denying that it still confronts with increased crime rate and unemployment.

Once Miami’s very center of commerce, Overtown experienced a critical economic decline starting with the 1950s. There are still plenty of things to do and numerous attractions for tourists, but the place remains crowded with shady people of all nationalities.

 

  1. Downtown

Although voted the safest neighborhood in Miami, Downtown should be avoided out of obvious reasons – it is filled with overpriced restaurants, and you can’t seem to find a right place to stay for a decent price.

Sure, the crime rate is low, and you’ll get to see one of the city’s most impressive buildings and business centers, but unless you are willing to drop a lot of cash, Downtown is not the right place for you.

 

 

Top 5 dangerous cities in Texas

 

We all know that when deciding on a suitable holiday destination, it can be pretty difficult to tell at a macro level how dangerous and crime-ridden a town actually is. Despite the fact that news circulates all the time, the amount of information that we get is too large to piece together.

Texas, in particular, is a state famous for certain shocking cases that took place there, so tourists might raise an eyebrow if you propose the state as a holiday destination. In the following guide, we’re trying to discuss the reasons behind the high rate of crime in a few Texas towns and why you should avoid them.

 

 

Bellmead

With a relatively low population, this city was ranked the most dangerous place in Texas in the recent months, and for a solid reason. The rate of violent crimes here is incredibly high, with 1 in 43 citizens becoming a victim of rape, aggravated assault or in some cases, even murder.

The reasons behind this situation stem from lack of education, poverty and lack of jobs. The economy is also unstable due to these events. We suggest you do not visit this place unless it’s vital, in order to avoid being attacked with a heavy splitting axe in a worst case scenario.

 

Donna

This town is rated as the second most dangerous place you could be in while you’re in Texas, and that’s due to the frequency at which theft takes places here.

The residents of this town have a 1 in 18.1 chances of being the victims of a robbery, home invasion or car theft event. Loosely put, if you lived here, almost a quarter of the people you knew would have been victims to one of these events at a particular time in their lives.

If you do not want to risk losing any of your properties or putting yourself in danger, we suggest you avoid traveling to this small town.

 

Texarkana

Ranking third on the most dangerous places prone to violent criminal events, Texarkana has a population of almost 38,000 citizens. Where it’s located, it ranks even higher on the list of places where you wouldn’t want to be caught.

The people living here have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming the victim of criminal behavior involving property crime, home break-ins or car theft. Despite these discouraging statistics, recent studies show a steady decrease in the crime rate in this town, so maybe things are finally looking up.

Beaumont

This is a somewhat unexpected entry because Beaumont seems like it’s a civilized, cosmopolitan center. However, its size, population, and infrastructure do not prevent unfortunate events from happening, as statistics show.

It is said to be the second most dangerous place in Texas, at least when we’re discussing violent crimes and not other sorts of a misdemeanor. The residents here have a 1 in 90 chance of being assaulted, raped or even killed.

Unfortunately, the recent studies show that the crime rate is progressing over the years, despite the efforts made by the local police to try and keep the situation under control.

 

Houston

The famous rival of Dallas concerning development is facing a bit of a problem with its crime rate. It appears to be among the most dangerous places in Texas, and it’s clearly losing this battle against Dallas, which deals with safety issues a lot better.

The population here is substantially increased in comparison with other rural towns. Almost 2 and a half million people live in Houston, and unfortunately, the stats say that 25,609 citizens were killed, attacked or raped only throughout the last year.

 

 

5 dangerous places to avoid in Brazil

 

Brazil is the largest country in South America and one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Over 6 million people visited Brazil last year, its tourist attractions ranging from amazing nature like beaches and rainforests, to architectural gems like the capital city, Brasilia. The Carnival in Rio alone attracts over one million tourists every year.

There are some things, however, you should be aware of when visiting Brazil as it isn’t really the kind of country you just put your yoga pants and yoga socks on and can relax.

Tourists are vulnerable to falling prey to street crimes, especially thefts and robberies. It’s very important to always stay on guard, avoid going out at night, and always keep an eye on your belongings. Only take a small amount of cash with you when you’re out sightseeing, and leave expensive possessions in your hotel’s safe or at home, including jewelry and expensive phones and cameras.

If you decide to rent a car, keep the doors and windows closed and locked at all times and when you need to withdraw money, look for an indoor ATM in a well-lit area. You should also be a bit careful when it comes to the locals — occasionally, some might seem helpful with the only purpose of stealing from tourists.

All these general safety tips shouldn’t keep you from visiting such an amazing country, but do keep in mind to exercise caution and try to stay away from these five places.

Favelas

The Brazilian slums, favelas, are pretty much some of the most dangerous places in the world you can go to. Because it’s better to be safe than sorry, you should just stay away from the favelas.

There is a lot of violence and aggression going on in the Brazilian slums and they’re mostly controlled by drug cartels which have their own private armies under their command. One such cartel is Red Command. In Rio, avoid going to Vila Cruzeiro. This favela might look like it’s owned by the church, but it’s actually run and controlled by drug lords.

 

Salvador

For nature lovers, this is one of the most desirable Brazilian destinations. It’s also a very good spot for taking photos for your Instagram feed, being a city with a rich colonial heritage. That is if you are willing to risk your life for those photos.

Homicide rates are off the chart in this place, which is now one of Brazil’s most violent cities. Prison gangs at war with each other and drugs have made Salvador a simply dangerous place. Even the Brazilians will tell you not to go to Salvador during your South American trip.

 

Recife

Another colonial jewelry, another dangerous place. Recife it the fifth biggest metropolitan area in Brazil and it has been called “Venice of Brazil” because of its beautiful canals and bridges and picturesque tortuous rivers.

It might sound heavenly, but it’s quite the opposite: Recife has one of the highest murder rates per capita in the whole of Brazil. It’s extremely dangerous especially on the weekend and in the hours after the sun sets, when it’s easier for culprits to sneak around and escape unseen.

Mato Grosso

Mato Grosso is actually a huge plain running throughout Brazil and even though it’s so enormous in size, it has similar crime rates to large cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.

Homicides are a big part of the violent crimes in this region which has one of the highest assault rates in Brazil. The number of violent and non-violent crimes in Mato Grosso make it a dangerous area to visit. If you really want to go, you have to be extra careful and take all necessary precautions.

 

Caracarai

Women travelers and families with children are especially advised to stay away from this small Brazilian city in the state of Roraima. Young children and girls can fall victim to human trafficking and sexual exploitation which are some of the most common crimes occurring in Caracarai.

Truck drivers are usually the perpetrators when it comes to the widespread sexual exploitation of the underaged in Brazil. They generally lead their exploits at local rest-stops. You would want to avoid this area if you are traveling alone or with young children.