It is no surprise that the world can be a dangerous place, especially when it comes to travelling somewhere new. According to the Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute for Economics and Peace for 2016, it states that Syria, South Sudan and Iraq are the most dangerous countries in the world. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to these destinations and although these are classed as the most dangerous places in the world right now they have once displayed the most beautiful sights and attractions. On the flipside, unsurprisingly Iceland, Denmark and Austria are classed as the top three most peaceful places in the world.
Before travelling to places that may be deemed dangerous destinations you need to prepare well, and know what you are getting into.
Before the trip
- Gain perspective.
Before you travel to your intended destination be sure to research the country and get an idea of its social and political landscape. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about a place the better.
- Plan your route.
Be sure to research and plan more than two routes before setting off on your travels. Travelling in dangerous countries often incur many problems, especially related to transport because there are low safety standards, routes are often subject to change, roadblocks are common and unfortunately abductions have occurred.
Travelling in dangerous countries can be scary you need to carefully plan every move you make to keep safe.
- List why you want to go to a dangerous country and your fears
You’ve ignored the warnings and decided you want to travel to a dangerous country. The question you really need to ask yourself is why. Why do you want to go to this country? Why have you ignored government recommendations to avoid these places? You really need to understand the reasons of why you want to go.
On the flipside it is also important to list your fears. What are you scared of? What are the worst-case scenarios? Be realistic is key here.
During the trip
- Keep emergency contact details on you.
In case of an emergency it is important to keep emergency contact details on your person, and I don’t mean your passport because it gives little relevant information that may be needed in these situations. Keep details that list your name, blood type, allergies, whether you take any medication, any illnesses, an emergency contact number (with the country code) and name. If you have any emergencies this could be essential.
- Tell people your plans.
Regularly contact a couple of well-trusted people and keep them up to date with your plans and whereabouts as often as possible. For this to work you need to contact them on a regular basis and always tell them when you will be contacting them next, if they don’t hear from you then they can sound the alarm in case there has been a problem.
- Do not flaunt expensive items or carry large amounts of money.
Many tourists are targeted because they stand out. Tourists may not even realise that they are flaunting themselves to thieves but by carrying expensive cameras, wearing costly clothing and carrying around large amounts of money, they are unfortunately desirable targets.
- Be sensible and respectful.
When researching your intended destination be sure to understand the countries rules. If the country does not allow public displays of affection, for example, you could face fines or even imprisonment. So know the rules and know them well!
Be respectful of the religion and culture in any place you visit; learn a little about local beliefs and do not cause any offence.
After the trip
Tell the world about your experience, whether good or bad.
To get an idea where is dangerous and where is safe in the world take a look at the tables below.
The top 10 most dangerous countries:
The top 10 most peaceful countries: