Here, we list the 10 most dangerous places for solo geek travelers , according to Trip by Skyscanner, details from the U.S. State Department about safety concerns, as well as tips for how to protect yourself while traveling.
1. Egypt – the most dangerous place on the list
Egypt was topped by skycanner list of dangerous countries.
The U.S. Department of State has issued a stern warning to travelers about traveling to Egypt due to threats from terrorism and violent political opposition groups. A number of terrorist groups, including ISIS, have committed multiple deadly attacks in Egypt, targeting government officials and security forces, public venues, tourist sites, civil aviation and other modes of public transportation, and a diplomatic facility.
Terrorist attacks can occur anywhere in the country, including major metropolitan areas.
That being said, there are plenty of people who do and don’t have problems — Egyptians can be really hospitable so If you are deciding to travel to Egypt make just you follow the constructions down bellow:
• Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
• Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
• Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• Follow the Department of State on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.
• Review the Crime and Safety Report for Egypt.
• U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.
2. Jamaica – Jamaica may look beautiful, but it’s wise to be careful when traveling to this Caribbean island, especially when you go beyond tourist resorts.
Jamaican culture is alive with music and an unmatched optimism. But it also has a dangerous side, where crime is a growing problem.
One of the biggest problems tourists face in Jamaica is petty theft. Thieves are on the lookout for jewelry, cash and valuable electronic items such as cameras, cell phones and iPods. Most resorts provide safes so you can store items of value in your room, which is obviously recommended. Better yet, leave the bling at home.
Keep in mind that while most thefts are non-violent in nature that could change quickly if you resist. If you do happen to be held up, by all means hand over whatever it is the thief wants and get away safely.
Jamaica has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world. These dangerous and deadly crimes are not isolated to locals – several tourists have lost their lives there in recent years so you should be especially careful to avoid risky areas and use common sense when visiting.
Sexual assault against female travelers is also an issue, so women should avoid traveling alone and not drink to excess. Some of these reported assaults occurred within the confines of a resort, so women should be cautious at all times, regardless of where they are.
There is an ongoing threat of gang violence, particularly in the Kingston area, however it rarely affects tourists. Drug exportation is far more dangerous, and remains a huge business in Jamaica.
Criminals have been known to smuggle drugs anyway they can, including through the use of unsuspecting tourists, so be very careful to keep your bags and belongings with you at all times. If you are caught with narcotics on you, even if you claim innocence, you could face jail time.
Like any place, exercise some common sense by being aware of your surroundings and belongings.
• The culture can be homophobic; if you’re traveling with your girlfriend, be very discreet.
• This is a great place for using a cross-body bag, but also not a destination where you have to be overly concerned about covering up.
3. India – India is another place to take caution, according to Trip by Skyscanner users.
India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts.
India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women … rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and harassment, female infanticide has gone unabated, said Manjunath Gangadhara, an official at the Karnataka state government.
This then is the dark side of the Indian story. The country may now be known for its startups and space programme, besides its booming consumer economy that everyone wants a piece of. But for millions of its women, or nearly half the population, safety and dignity remain a distant dream.
Trip by Skyscanner’s advice for how to stay safe if you’re planning to visit the place:
If you go, go with eyes wide open. Even with a companion, sexual assault remains a serious and ongoing problem.
• Wear long, loose clothing that covers your shoulders. Lots of female travelers we know even buy and wear Indian clothing upon arrival.
• Be prepared for staring; you’ll likely experience a lot of it.
• Start and end your days early to avoid being out at night.
• If taking the train, purchase the highest-class train tickets in advance and take women-only transportation options in cities like Delhi.
• Never walk alone on city streets at night. In smaller towns, try to have a male companion. Even then, this may not be enough of a precaution.
• Regions like Kerala and cities like Rishikesh (known for its regular influx of yoga students) are comparatively safe, as are Gujarat, Punjab and Calcutta. Family-run guesthouses can be lovely places to stay.
• Take a small doorstop with you in case you’re staying in accommodations that make you uneasy (Pond had an unexpected late overnight in Bangalore once and says she felt anything but relaxed). These can slow an intruder down for a few seconds, long enough to yell for help or find an escape route.
4. Peru – also ranks high on the list
The threat of violent crime in most of Peru is no greater than many of the world’s major cities. Travel around the country is relatively safe and reliable and the rebel element has been largely disbanded. The Peru of today is a far cry from the militaristic repression, rebellion, corruption and terror of its history.
Despite this continuing improvement, poverty is still a problem so there’s no guarantee you won’t fall foul of local crime. Peru is unfortunately infamous for petty crime, even among its South American neighbors. This doesn’t mean you need to be forever clutching your valuables to your chest but you should practice your street smarts.
Here are some tips to keep your valuables safe:
• Dress casually when you are out and about in town.
• Photograph or photocopy your passport, travel documents, bank cards and driver’s license before you head to Peru. Leave those copies at home or on a virtual drive.
• Register your passport at the embassy in Lima. It won’t take long and can save you days and days of precious holiday time if your documents are lost or stolen.
• Don’t carry any more cash than you need for the day, keep it along with your passport and documents close to your body.
• Keep your camera packed away when not in use. Consider using a reinforced bag strap and camera strap.
• At restaurants, avoid hanging your bag over the back of a chair, keep it in sight and close. Similarly, don’t leave your wallet or purse sitting on the table top which makes for an easy snatch and grab.
5. Bahamas – It’s beautiful, but travelers should take caution.
Exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime.
Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, occurs even during the day and in tourist areas. Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the area known by many visitors as the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime. Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.
If you decide to travel to The Bahamas:
• Exercise caution in the area known as “Over the Hill” (south of Shirley Street) and the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night.
• Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.
• Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
6 – Colombia – another dangerous place.
Colombia has a bad reputation as a dangerous and violent country, but the current situation is not as bad as it once was. However, there are areas that are recommended to avoid. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to certain regions.
The number of kidnappings is down hugely from its peak in 2000, but it’s still a threat. Many governments advise against traveling to the south of the country due to the risk of kidnapping or being caught in the crossfire of a drug war. Always use common sense and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators. Follow the news on television and radio closely. Criminals tend to work in groups and use different ruses to distract travelers.
Street crime, including muggings and theft, is a significant problem in major cities like Bogota, Medellin, Cali and the northern Caribbean coast. People have tried to steal passports by acting like plain clothed police officers at the border crossing from Ecuador to Peru. They will give you a fake form to fill in, so make sure you see and official identification. If you want to take a walk along the banks of Lake Titicaca, do so with a group as there have been reports of armed robberies against tourists walking on their own. Local authorities advise against travelling alone at night in the Desaguadero area on the Peru–Bolivia border at the southern end of Lake Titicaca.
Visitors have been robbed by unlicensed taxi drivers. Make sure to get a registered taxi at a bus terminal or book one in advance from a well-known company. Always take a quick look in the back seat and in the trunk to make sure that there is nobody hiding there. If you are taking a bus, wrap put your backpack under your seat with the strap hooked around your leg. Sometimes, buses are held up and the passengers robbed
Colombia is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world. Landmines are usually found in 31 out of 32 department in the country, so always consult locals before exploring the countryside.
• Use common sense: You might pull out a cell phone on the street in the U.S. or hang your purse on the back of your chair but here, those are definite no-nos.
• Book taxis ahead — never, ever hail them on the street.
• Avoid walking alone at night and, if you must, brace yourself for catcalling and other forms of street harassment.
• Overnight buses can be good travel options — but don’t skimp. The more reputable ones cost a bit more but are safer (they check passengers for weapons at boarding) and more comfortable (reclining seats!).
7. Ecuador – A pretty place to explore but don’t let looks deceive you.
Natural Dangers. Ecuador is located in a seismic zone, so there is a high risk of earthquakes, especially in the province of Esmeraldas due to its proximity to the merging of the Nazca and South American plates. Tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are also possible risks, particularly in the Galapagos Archipelago.
Most of the crimes and scams against foreigners are crimes of opportunity. These semi-professional thieves target unaware travelers in tourist areas and restaurants. Bag snatching is common, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you. Bus terminals are common places where thieves take advantage of distracted travelers and use their pickpocketing skills. “Accidental” spills are a way to distract you and pickpocket you, so always be vigilant. “Express kidnappings” can occur. Victims are grabbed and force to take out as much money as possible from ATMs. The criminals can also contact the victim’s family or friends and ask them to bring all the cash they have in a couple of hours. Once the ransom is paid, the victim is usually released unharmed. There is a higher risk of crime in southern parts of Sucumbios province, including Coca.
here are some tips to stay safe in Ecuador:
• Bus travel allows people to hop on and off — so make sure you keep an eye on your valuables.
• Bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer everywhere — the toilet situation can be, to say the least, unpredictable.
• Listen to trusted locals for advice on best neighborhoods.
• Take particular care after dark.
8. Turkey – one of the top 10 most dangerous places.
The UK Foreign Office says the country is ‘generally safe’ as it starts to rebuild its tourism sector After a series of terrorist attacks, a failed attempted coup and a referendum that saw Recep Tayyip Erdogan strengthen his grip on power, Turkey has begun to slowly restore its tourism sector.
According to the latest governmental advice, “most terrorist attacks have taken place in the south and east of the country and in Ankara and Istanbul. Attacks are most likely to target the Turkish state, civilians and demonstrations. Nevertheless, it’s likely that some attacks will also target western interests and tourists from western countries, particularly in the major cities.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe in Turkey:
• Assault is not uncommon, according to this survey. Be careful. Conservative dress is critical in less urban areas. Bring a scarf and use it as a head covering if needed (for example, if you want to visit a mosque).
• Grab taxis from well-lit, well-trafficked areas and use lowest denomination bills whenever you can.
• Ignore aggressive shopkeepers and restaurant owners — just keep walking.
• Definitely seek out a hammam experience. Most of the hammam options are either all-female or all-male so choose the all-female time to visit.
9. Guatemala – a beautiful place but dangerous afterall.
If you have been doing research and listening to the news, you probably know that crime is on the rise in Guatemala, especially in the capital, Guatemala City.
Most incidents are drug and gang related, and drug-related attacks tend to happen close to the border with Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras. Theft is common, and criminals often work in groups. Tourists are generally targets of petty crime and robbery, carjacking, armed assault, and even sexual assault. Although the crime level increases during holidays, always keep a high level of personal security mindfulness.
However, most visitors have not had a problem during their vacations. We recommend that you use common sense and avoid isolated areas as well as walking alone at night. It is important to follow the news on television and radio closely.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times like you would in any large city, and here are some tips if you’re planning to visit.
• Cabs at night, arranged for via your restaurant or hotel, are advisable versus walking home alone.
• A tour company to take you from city to city is a great idea — choose one with door-to-door service.
• Use a money belt for your valuables: While robbery is actually pretty gender-neutral here, it’s not a pleasant experience for anyone.
• Learn some basic Spanish phrases. Being able to ask for help, say “hello,” determine how much something costs and where the bathroom is are all valuable.
10. Morocco – the last dangerous place on the list.
In truth, Morocco is a safe place to visit. There’s only really small crime there (scams and pickpockets) and you’re unlikely to be assaulted or seriously hurt as a tourist in the country. Morocco is super safe for tourists now. As a solo female traveler, you need to watch out a little more carefully but, overall, you are still unlikely to encounter serious problems.
Morocco travel requires extra vigilance because it’s easy to have something happen to you. You’re unlikely to ever be in any real physical danger in Morocco, but the petty crime and harassment require you to stay on guard — more so than other countries. However, if you follow a few rules, you can leave Morocco unscathed and without incidence.
• Don’t walk alone at night
• Don’t walk alone if you’re a woman
• Dress conservatively
• Avoid flashy jewelry
• Don’t carry valuables
• Avoid back alleys and Don’t venture too far away from the crowds.
• Watch for scams, If someone asks you into their shop for tea, they are going to use that as a pretext to get you to buy something and, thanks to the ingrained psychological idea of reciprocity, you’ll probably give in.
• Say no to tour guides They will try to get you into their shops or take you places and ask for money for the service.
• Always negotiate the price for taxis before you get in, as prices are going to be substantially inflated when you arrive at your destination.
No matter where you’re traveling, always be alerted.