Now that travel is becoming a thing again, why not go on a big, crazy adventure? While being in a remote location away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives sounds ideal, some of these beautiful dream destinations are just plain dangerous — and these are some of the most dangerous places on earth to visit.
Not buying it? Well, think on this: if you’ve ever considered moving to another country, you might want to rethink your travel plans for that as well depending on the destination. More than exotic animals and unsafe topography, some places are war-torn countries with high crime rates and out-of-this-world radioactivity.
From the depths of the Bermuda Triangle where many have been lost at sea, to the top of Mount Vesuvius where an active volcano has become a home to more than 650,000 people, these are the most dangerous places on earth to visit.
Snake Island, Brazil
We’re kicking off this list with a banger — Snake Island, Brazil or “Ilha da Queimada Grande.” This island located off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean is only 106 acres and home to an endangered species of golden lancehead pit vipers.
This island itself is partly covered by rainforest and bare rock with grassy areas. And as you may imagine, tons of snakes. These venomous vipers have made it illegal for the public to visit this mysterious island. Beyond the Brazilian Navy, only scientists and researchers are allowed to step foot on the terrain, but that changed when the Navy let news outlet VICE on the island in 2014 to shoot a documentary. To say the least, these explorers had no idea what they’d be facing.
No one really knows how the snakes got there. While some believe it was the rising sea levels over the years, others believe the snakes may have been introduced by pirates to protect their treasures, but no one can say for sure.
Danakil Desert, East Africa
Located in northeast Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, and northwestern Djibouti, the Danakil Desert is known as one of the most uninhabitable places on the earth. Beyond its volcanoes and geysers pitting toxic gases, the scorching daytime temperatures can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
More than that, the conflicts in Eritrea make it an inhospitable place, with the possibility of getting kidnapped being the biggest risk. The natural and man-made disasters in this region put it at the top of our lists as a “No-go zone.”