Many avid travelers will be scouring the internet looking for the best holidays and holiday packages on offer for 2011. We at FlightSite wish to offer you the best deals to the best locations, with great FlightSite holiday packages. But what about the more dangerous travel destinations this year? Some will see this list as a list of countries to avoid, others as a list of the more adventurous, rugged places to visit. So, if you are looking for holiday packages that will offer you an adrenaline rush, or simply wish to plan a calm, relaxing holiday at peaceful locations, this list is for you.
1. Khartoum, Sudan
The country is under the military rule of an Islamic regime and no separation of church and state is endorsed. Violence is caused by insurgent groups based locally who oppose the government troops. This has resulted in open warfare.
2. Guatemala City, Guatemala
As of the second week of 2011, the Guatemalan government has declared a state of siege and suspended civil liberties in order to conduct raids on drug cartels across the country. The homicide rate is well above wartime level, with 53 people per 100,000 being murdered.
3. Bogota, Colombia
The harvesting of toxic chemicals by families with no other way to make an income in a country with an economy kept afloat by dangerous illegal products, along with military training, are rife, with little social justice. The controversial “war on drugs” has resulted in a lot of violence in the capitals.
4. Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
Named “The Most Destroyed City on Earth” by the United Nations in 2003, Grozny features mass graves and an assortment of rubble. This destruction is the result of the two wars, compared to the WWII destruction of Hiroshima and Dresden. Political and criminal murders are still widespread.
5. Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Renowned for its significantly high level of female homicides, 5000 women have been violently murdered. Victims are between 12-22 years of age and suspects have included bus drivers and street gangs, with body clusters found in certain parts of the city.
6. Mogadishu, Somalia
To this day Mogadishu is still wracked by internal unrest. The Islamic Courts Union and Ethiopian forces constantly fight for control, with the city as the platform for gun battles and insurgents trying to oust the African Union forces from control.
7. Baghdad, Iraq
War-torn Baghdad was declared the most unsafe city in the world by Mercer’s 2008 global quality of living index. The U.S. invasion in 2003 has resulted in the death of over 650,000 civilians.
Although Antarctica has no permanent settlements or cities, it is by far one of the most environmentally hostile places on Earth. Man-made violence is nonexistent, but its extreme weather often drops below -60 degrees Celsius (-100F) and icy winds tear across the glaciers at over 100km/hr. With no food to forage or hospitals to treat you, if you get lost and are exposed to these conditions for more than an hour, you will die.
9. Bujumbura, Burundi
Civil wars, poor access to education, HIV/Aids, corruption, and over-population have economically damaged Burundi. Armed children and roaming gangs make violence rampant.
10. St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the US with violent crimes ranking four times higher than the national average. Murder, robbery, aggravated assault, violent crime, burglary, larceny or theft, car theft, arson, and property crime all much more than double the national averages.