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Most dangerous vacation destinations

The Active Times logo The Active Times 28-08-2017

Traveling is often referred to as the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. But it comes with a lot of risks. From dangerous airports to roads and theme parks, vacation destinations boast thrilling adventure opportunities but hide precarious personal safety conditions. While Syria, Iraq and South Sudan are the world’s most unsafe countries according to the Global Peace Index (GPI), they are not tourism hot spots. The following list is based on travel alerts and warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State and the UK Foreign Office, as well as the GPI.

Venezuela: <p><strong>Venezuela</strong><br>On July 7, the Department of State issued a travel warning advising U.S. citizens that violent crime in <strong><a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/11-adventurous-trips-you-wouldnt-have-considered-10-years-ago-slideshow">Venezuela</a></strong> is pervasive, both in the capital Caracas and throughout the country. Country-wide shortages of food, water, medicine, electricity, and other basic goods have led to violence and looting. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on Sept. 18, 2015. “Venezuela has remained one of the <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/content/visiting-these-15-places-can-kill-you"><strong>deadliest countries in the world</strong></a>, as increasing violence and criminal activity resulted in unprecedented levels for 2015,” <a href="https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=19065"><strong>according</strong></a> to the State Department. The crime rate is “critical” due to theft, murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/n/29-health-hazards-vacations"><strong>disease outbreak threats</strong></a>.</p>

Venezuela
On July 7, the Department of State issued a travel warning advising U.S. citizens that violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital Caracas and throughout the country. Country-wide shortages of food, water, medicine, electricity, and other basic goods have led to violence and looting. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on Sept. 18, 2015. “Venezuela has remained one of the deadliest countries in the world, as increasing violence and criminal activity resulted in unprecedented levels for 2015,” according to the State Department. The crime rate is “critical” due to theft, murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and disease outbreak threats.

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