Many people are leaving their homes and embarking on new exciting adventures. Solo traveling seems to be the new big thing (Most Incredible Trips for Solo Travelers). While this sounds like fun, it’s important to take precaution and research your travel destination before you head there.
Some places need to be avoided due to their dangerous conditions. For instance, crime has become common world-wide, but increasingly common in these hazardous cities.
According to The Economist, “Venezuela is in turmoil,” its capital Caracas had the highest murder rate in the world last year.
The world can be a dangerous place, don’t face these dangers alone. Continue reading for dangerous cities you should never visit alone.
Mexico City is feared due to kidnappings, robberies and assaults. The U.S. Department of State issued a warning about traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats and safety. U.S. Passports & International Travel explains, “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.” If you absolutely have to travel to Mexico City, make sure you are with someone else. The risks are too high to be traveling alone.
Although Detroit is trying to make a comeback; it is still considered one of the most dangerous cities. Robberies, sexual assaults, murders, break-ins and drugs are controlling the streets. According to mlive.com, “in 2015, Precinct 9 had 46 homicides, two more than 44 in 2014. In 2013, there were 43 homicides and 2012 there were 52.”
Tourists and locals are warned about the risks of visiting and living in Lima, Peru. Fortunately, actions have been made to make it a safer city but there are still dangers to be aware of. Street crime is very common especially in areas with a lot of tourists such as the central plaza. Make sure you travel with another person; it’s wise to have two separate sets of eyes roaming about while walking the streets. Pickpocketing and fraudulent financial transactions are common (azcentral).
Not only is New Delhi one of our Dirtiest Cities in the World but it is also a dangerous destination to travel to alone. The city is huge, with a population of over 12 million people. Therefore, crime does occur and theft is very common. According to tripadvisor, “pickpockets thrive in crowded areas such as markets as well as bus and train stations. Women should keep purses or bags close to their sides and men should store wallets in front instead of rear pockets.“
Never travel through Memphis alone! In 2015 the FBI ranked Memphis as the 3rd most dangerous city in the nation. It is believed a lot of the crime is a result of their poverty rate (under 28 percent). Burglaries, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson are common (29 Health Hazards of Vacations).
San Pedro Sula is located in northern Honduras. Arms trafficking is a huge issue. Who wants to go to a destination where illegal firearms are roaming through the city? I sure wouldn’t! According to World Atlas, the murder rate is 111.03 per 100,000. It is also advised to avoid The Parque Central at night.
Birmingham, Alabama has been faced with the challenge of lowering the number of murders within its city (America’s Most Dangerous Destinations).
According to Law Street Media in 2015:
Violent Crime Rate: 1,345/100,000 people | Murder Rate: 30/100,000 people
Population: 212,001 | Officer to Population Ratio: 1:254
Median Household Income: $31,467 | Pop. Below Poverty Line: 28.9%
If you are visiting Missouri, stay far away from St. Louis! Violent crime is very common; their murder rate is 8 times the national average. According to World Atlas, the murder rate is 59.23 per 100,000. The good news, efforts and policy changes are being implemented. However, it is still considered one of the most dangerous cities.
While not all areas of Oakland are extremely dangerous. Shootings have become a very dangerous trend. Arson, burglary, murder, robbery, sex crimes and drug/alcohol violations are common (Visiting These 15 Places Can Kill You). Never walk alone in Oakland, always make sure you have someone with you.