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161. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 8y

Somalia is supposed to be the most dangerous country in the world.

We did this in geography, I can't remember exactly, but some tourist organisation has a ranking of every country in the world and Somalia got the maximum danger ranking. So much so, thats its practically impossible to even visit the country as a journalist or diplomat, let alone a tourist.

Somalia was the only country to get rating. Zimbabwe got the one below, where its not advisable to visit as a journalist/diplomat, but you can still visit, but still its strongly advised to not visit as a tourist.

162. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Somalia definately wins a lot of negative points. Zimbabwe less so.
For both countries a few parts can be visited without facing any problems at all: Hargeisa/Berbera region in Somalia and Victoria Falls area in Zimbabwe. For the latter probably more areas are safe. Maybe best to avoid the bigger cities. But NP like Hwange are safe.
North of Iraq is safe in several parts as well. Of course, safety precautions must be undertaken in these places as well.

I heard that the area around the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan is considered the most dangerous place right now.

163. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

I met a military type recently. My goodness. Don't do here don't go there. Government says this dangerous that you shouldn't go to this country or that region. His Governments website says London is yellow threat area, and advises not to visit it. As is Madrid and well... I won't go on.

Governments have to issue these things I know, air on the side of caution. But then it amazes me to hear 'some' travelers or lay people swear by what the sites are saying.

Oh, yeah. A friend from Pakistan just said the border is closed again between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Khyber, at least for tourists. That whole are is great to visit. But the tribal chiefs in command really are in command, not the Government. Warlords, fortresses, gunshops and drug dens kinda gave me that impression too!

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 27, 2008, at 10:52 PM by outcast ]

164. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 8y

I can't remember for the life of me what the list was, it might be UNESCO or something...but it was official rankings of each country, from a tourist perspective.

Some internet guy seems to think that the top five most dangerous countries are:

Russia
Venezuela
Jamaica
South Africa
Columbia

London isn't really dangerous - yes, there are stabbings, far too many of them but they are localised mainly to gang fights. You aren't really at risk as a tourist to be honest, all the places in London you'd want to visit as a tourist are perfectly safe...if you start wandering around Burmondsey or something at midnight then well its a different story...but why you would want to I don't know!

Edit:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html

I think that may be the page I was looking for...though I can't be certain.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 28, 2008, at 4:01 AM by Sam2000 ]

165. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 8y

Whoever your 'Internet Guy' is...tell him at least to learn how to spell COLOMBIA .. it's not 'Columbia' Thats Columbia Pictures in Hollywood Folks.
Maybe you are referring to the recent article on associatedcontent dot com?
A lot of of armchair experts and gurus on the internet.
Generates a lot of chatter.
I was in combat many years ago, I was afraid, I have lived in so called dangerous countries since. however the most dangerous thing I ever did was in suburban USA back in the 1970s, was getting behind the wheel of my car one night, dead drunk, thinking I could drive, luckily I slammed into a brick wall and hurt nobody
Anyone seasoned, with street smarts, can survive just about anywhere, and there are some travelers who are into risk addiction.
Anyway, I beleive a person with time and money goes where they want to go when they want to go.
Common sense gets one a long way.

166. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 8y

That would probably be my spelling abilities, its not my strong point I'm afraid, but I do my best.

I think you're right with common sense, my mate decided last week that he was going to south east Asia, Malaysia and the like for his gap year for six months. Granted, he's quite experienced as a traveller, but he was literally just planning to fly out there and go on from there, no organisation or anything, which is fine, probably, in most of Europe...but I think he's being an idiot.

FCO was the organisation I was looking for...

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/?action=noTravelAll#noTravelAll

Though Chad seems to have joined the list, along with Somalia.

167. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

I don't have specific statistics, but I am pretty sure that it is Luxembourg.

168. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

Has anyone said the US?

cuz u might look funny and they'll detain you, like indefinably...maybe send you to Guantanamo....

i'm just saying......

169. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

According to that guy I shared a room with Egypt is hell on earth.... but he also thought mick jagger was watching him to make sure he didn't masturbate...so you might want to double check that before crossing the pyramids off you bucket-list.

I'll go with iran, iraq, afghanistan, and north korea...but only because I'm american.

170. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting Cool Paul

According to that guy I shared a room with Egypt is hell on earth.... but he also thought mick jagger was watching him to make sure he didn't masturbate...so you might want to double check that before crossing the pyramids off you bucket-list.

I'll go with iran, iraq, afghanistan, and north korea...but only because I'm american.

Hmm, interesting. Still, Iraq and Afghanistan are not really safe for anyone I guess. Iran on the other hand should be very very safe, and even as an American you will be allright. Although there is a lot of censure in Iran, they seem to be pretty well informed in Iran and know that as a traveller you are by far not as stupid or ignorant as a certain George W.B.
North Korea is probably off limits for you but for others, it is perfectly safe (one of the safest in the world) and as you are always accompanied with a guide, it is highly unlikely to get in trouble.