It’s now easier than ever to visit distant locations around the world. But just how there are beautiful places to visit, there are places that are definitely not tourist-friendly. From deadly earthquake-prone locations to areas with a surplus of crime, here’s a list of 15 places on Earth you are most likely to get killed in. 

1. Sana’a, Yemen

It is known as one of the most dangerous places to live in due to the constant bombings, assassinations, and random acts of terrorism. 

The old city of Sana’a has a distinctive visual character due to its unique architecture but is also known as one of the most dangerous places you could ever live in. The US Department of State advises its citizens to avoid traveling to the area as it is one of the most politically unstable places in the world. Protesters and government forces frequently clash and things go out of control within minutes.

2. Cape Town, South Africa

The crime rates are really high in this popular tourist destination and you are advised to not go out at night.

Ironically one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Cape Town is also a city with high crime rates as a result of social and economic unrest. Prone to mugging, people are advised to avoid more notoriously dangerous districts as the crime rate is really high.

3. Grand Canyon, USA

It is known to be the nation’s second highest suicide location and is also highly prone to accidents. 

You might not think of it as a dangerous place because of what a tourist hotspot it is, but the majority of accidents happen off the river, and those are due to poor equipment or poor judgment. It is known to be the nation’s second highest suicide location.

4. Danakil Desert, Ethiopia

It is known as one of the most inhospitable places on Earth due to the extreme temperatures and high rate of violence.

Danakil Desert in Ethiopia is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, but it is also one of the most strangely beautiful. All foreign offices will advise you never to visit this desert, mainly due to a border conflict with Eritrea and the risk of getting kidnapped. The extreme temperature and the harsh conditions also make it pretty dangerous.

5. Naples, Italy

This city is called a deathtrap because a major volcanic eruption can put the lives of more than a million people at risk. 

Over 970,000 people live in this deathtrap, surrounded by volcanoes on all sides. The slopes of the volcano and immediate area surrounding the volcano are densely populated. In case of a major eruption, more than a million people could be at risk.

6. Maceio, Brazil

This city is known to some as murder central due to the excessive violence and drug related crime. 

Covered with gorgeous beaches, Maceio the capital of Alagoas state is known to some as ‘murder central’, as it sees 135 murders for each 100,000 citizens per year. The slums are filled with violent and drug related crime, which is where most of the killing takes place.

7. Baghdad, Iraq

‘The least hospitable city in the world’ suffers from recurrent suicide bombings, random gunfire and roadside bombs. 

More than a decade after the United States began the war in Iraq, violence still runs rampant. Recurrent suicide bombings, random gunfire and roadside bombs continue to wreak havoc on the unfortunate citizens of the city.

8. Huntington Ravine Headwall, USA

Avalanches, ice-falls, and hypothermia are just some of the dangers faced by the climbers. 

This place was formed by glaciers over thousands of years. Avalanches, icefalls, and hypothermia have killed climbers in Huntington repeatedly and nowadays even hiking is risky and weather-dependent.

9. Southern Tunisia

There have been frequent terror attacks in several tourist areas of Southern Tunisia. 

Southern Tunisia is a desert land that isn’t restricted but heavily advised against due to the threat of terrorism. In recent years, there have been attacks in tourist areas and locations frequented by foreigners. Hence, travelers are advised to remain vigilant in public places and follow the instructions of local authorities.

10. Guatemala, Central America

Its location between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean makes it a target for highly destructive hurricanes. 

With an estimated population of around 15.8 million, it is the most populous state in Central America. Natural disasters have a long history in this geologically active part of the world. Its location between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean makes it a target for hurricanes. The last hurricane wiped the entire village and everyone who lived there, off the face of the Earth.

11. Mogadishu, Somalia

This city is mostly controlled by militants making it one of the most dangerous places to live in.

The city has had endless problems with militants, particularly the Al Shabaab who, at one point, controlled most of the city. Constant strife due to clan and ethnic warfare makes this one of the most dangerous places around.

12. Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish capital is known as earthquake central due to an impending risk of high magnitude earthquakes. 

Also known as earthquake central, Nature Geo-sciences discovered in 2010 that tensions along the fault are building, with a magnitude 7 or greater quake in the next 25 years exceeding a 30-60% chance. 12 million residents in Istanbul live atop the North Anatolian Fault, making things pretty dangerous.

13. Chihuahua, Mexico

Chihuahua is known as one of the most notorious cities for drug-related crimes. 

One of the most notorious cities for drug-related crimes, drug cartels here totally run the show. There’s firefights in the streets and violence is highly prevalent and common.

14. Java and Sumatra, Indonesia

Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia frequently suffers from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis.

Natural disasters are incredibly common here, including floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and of course – tsunamis. Once every five years, a large tsunami happens in Indonesia, and it’s usually on the islands of Sumatra and Java.

15. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Due to the high homicide rate, it is known as the murder capital of the world.

It isn’t known as the ‘murder capital of the world’ without reason. This is one of the most violent cities on Earth. The homicide rate is very high, due in part to arms trafficking and illegal firearms everywhere.

You definitely don’t want to put these places in your bucket list!